Marxism for the 99%: classes hosted by NY CP

 
BY:Tina Nannarone| August 27, 2015
Marxism for the 99%: classes hosted by NY CP

 

The New York district of the Communist Party  held a series of 4 classes in May and June titled “Marxism for the 99%.” The classes were aimed at new members and others interested in a basic introduction to Marxism.”Club members invited friends and contacts,” said Estevan Nembhard-Bassett, NY CP organizer.  To publicize the event we invited folks on our mailing lists. We also advertised the event on the party’s Facebook page letting friends who lived in NY know about the school.”

A total of 30 people attended the four week course  equally Communist Party members and interested friends, all of various ages and backgrounds.  Nembhard-Bassett indicated five new people came from the online efforts. Over 30 expressed interest in the school on the Facebook event page. The classes were also streamed online.

Each of the classes was led by a  member of the party’s state committee.  Lively discussions were held at each class.  Participants read The Communist Manifesto, The Road to Socialism, Can Capitalism Last? by Danny Rubin, and Introduction to Marx, Engels, Marxism by Lenin. People who attended enjoyed delicious potluck dinners before each class prepared and brought from home by many attendees.

The first class  was taught by Danny Rubin, in which he described how Marxism shows why capitalism  produces poverty, exploitation, racism, reaction and war, and how socialism will lay the basis for ending  these evils and lead to peace, equality, democracy and common prosperity.  

Estevan Nembhard taught the second session explainingwhy capitalism always strives for maximum profits at the expense of the working class and results in class struggle. He explained the theory of surplus value and historical materialism.  

Tina Nannarone taught the third class on Marxist Sstrategy and tactics.  The group discussed examples of strategies that were successful and strategies that failed.  Students discussed what analysis is necessary to plan successful strategies.   Nannarone discussed Marxist methodology and why its use is  necessary to achieve socialism.

The final class was taught by Jarvis Tyner with the title “To Win Socialism.”  He examined what it will take to achieve socialism, what role the labor movement must play and why a strong democratic movement led by the working class is needed.

More classes will be held in the future.  Interest was expressed in classes on the topics:  Why socialism answers the needs of the 99%; Do we need a mass Communist Party to get to socialism; Marxism as a guide to win full equality and defeat racism;  Marxism as a guide to build labor and the fight for jobs and higher wages; What does Marxism mean for women’s rights and others. Stay tuned!

 

Comments (3)

Choir Loft | January 21, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Capitalism is just fine if you belong to the privileged class. Unfortunately most folks live outside the cloistered halls of leaders who can commit national adultery with the financial cartel for fun and profit.

Capitalism is merely the larval stage of a more insidious bug – repressive fascism. America has long ago graduated to that level. Talk of socialist agendas in Washington is only smoke and mirrors to disguise a greater crime – to chain the American people to legalized insurance and governmental fraud on a massive scale.

Most varieties of fascism lead to war. Are we not engaged in endless varieties of this plague upon our people? America desperately needs another option.

Trans-national corporations and the political overseers of America are leading us AND the rest of the world into a grevious dark age when the good of the people is denied in favor of profit and influence.

Capitalism is dead, murdered by its successor the modern fascist state. The only remedy to the situation is the recognition of the people that THEIR needs come first.

Either we all work together for a collective better future or we all yield to the chains of the new normal – the American fascist police state.

and that’s me, hollering from the choir loft…

Jason | October 27, 2015 at 6:36 AM

Capitalism is the worst plage of the mankind.

Pawan Kumar Kaushal | September 14, 2015 at 6:21 AM

A very good and necessary job seriously conducted by the communist party

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