The free lecture will be held at Portland State University at 7:30 p.m. in Room 290 of the Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway in downtown Portland. An earlier posting on the Portland Indymedia calendar erroneously indicated 7 p.m.
Randall is a member of the Socialist Equality Party as well as its forerunner, the Workers League. The World Socialist Web Site (www.wsws.org), which has an international editorial board, is published six days a week by the SEP, featuring news and commentary on political, economic, cultural and historical issues.
The SEP believes popular anti-war sentiment in the United States and the deep and entirely legitimate resentment toward the reactionary policies of the Bush administration find no expression in the Democrat or Green parties. Each, in their own way, has made their peace with capitalism.
Through its publication of the WSWS and grassroots political work, the party seeks to raise the political consciousness of the working class by mobilizing workers, professionals, young people and students into a mass socialist party.
The political crisis in the United States, which is bound up inextricably with the crisis of global capitalism, finds several expressions: the disasterous war in Iraq, the all too public tragedy of Terri Schiavo, and the emerging fascist character that distinguishes the alliance between the Republican Party and the Christian right.
"A fascist movement could not win a significant popular base in America by marching under swastika banners or peddling Nordic racial myths," the WSWS editorial board reported in an article today. "It will have its own peculiar national character, utilizing Christian fundamentalism as well as racism and nativism. But if the external trappings will differ from that of the German Nazis or the movements of Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain, the historical significance of fascism is the same: it represents the effort of the ruling class, under conditions where the old bourgeois-democratic methods of rule have broken down, to defend its property and power by whipping up a mass movement and hurling it against the democratic rights and organized resistance of the working class."
Randall and other longtime SEP members, including WSWS arts editor David Walsh, are talking about these issues on the West Coast this month. After the lecture, Randall will be available to answer questions and discuss the political program of the SEP.