They said that Marx was dead--that capitalism had triumphed. Then came the realities of globalization. Then came endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then came the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Now, Marx's ideas seem to explain the world a lot better than what you see on Fox News.
But Marx also predicted that the inequalities of capitalism would give rise to resistance. And we've only just begun to see the emergence of a new generation of struggles, from the protests for immigrant rights, to the factory occupations of workers in Chicago, to the massive outpouring of solidarity with the people of Gaza and Palestine.
Come to a discussion of Marx's ideas and how they apply to today, and then get involved in helping us to build a movement that puts Marx's ideas into practice! As Marx himself said, "Philosophers have only interpreted the world; the point is to change it!"
Todd Chretien was the Green Party candidate for United States Senate in California in 2006. He has been active in movements defending affirmative action, promoting global justice, and opposing war in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was the lead rank and file organizer in the attempt to unionize the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University for SEIU Local 790. In 2003, as a member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, he helped stop the execution of Kevin Cooper by the State of California in 2004 and worked unsuccessfully to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams in 2005. Chretien is a member of the National Writers Union, and writes regularly for Socialist Worker, the International Socialist Review,CounterPunch and other publications.
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