Youth School 2016

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draft program

Wednesday 17/08 Arrivals, introduction.
- [Starting] at 4 pm.

Thursday 18/08
1. Introduction to our critical Marxism - Alex Merlo
- Marx's materialism: The Theses on Feuerbach. Self-emancipation.
- Introduction to historical materialism: The notions of base and superstructure.
- Introduction to the Marxist critique of political economy: use value, exchange value, surplus value, exploitation.

Friday 19/08
3. The working class today - Maral Jefroudi
- What is the working class? The notion of class in Marx and marxism
- The changes in the class composition of the working class during the late 20th Century
- The problem of class consciousness and intersecting identities

Saturday 20/08
2. Marx and ecology, the global ecological crisis
- Climate crisis, biodiversity crisis, energy crisis and link with the capitalist mode of production.
- The notion of progress put into question, struggle of indigenous peoples, land grabbing etc.
- Our ecosocialist answers

Sunday 21/08
4.Imperialism and new emerging powers in the 21st Century
- Classic theory on imperialism
- US Imperialism since WW2
- The emergence of new powers - towards a multipolar world?

Monday 22/08
5. Women's liberation and LGTB struggles- Nadia de Mond
- A Marxist-feminist analysis of women’s oppression and exploitation
- Gender, sexuality, intersectionality: the question of oppression in a broader framework
- LGBTQ theories and struggles

Tuesday 23/08 Day off

Wednesday 24/08
8. Europe in crisis
- The authoritarian and austerian offensive in Europe
- The state of the European Left (from the Left party to anti-capitalists)
- Southern Europe as the laboratory of the crisis and the focal point of resistance

Thursday 25/08
7. Revolution and repression in the Middle-East - Joseph Daher
– The structural causes of the Arab revolts
– The reactionary counter-offensive
- The role of the left and the revolutionaries in these movements

Friday 26/08

6. Immigration and anti-racism - Mamadou Ba
- What is racism?
- EU and refugees & immigration
- Anti-racist struggles

Saturday 27/08
9. The Fourth International and strategic debates - Alex de Jong
- Our strategic goal
- The role of the revolutionary party
- How can broad parties be a bridge between where we are now and what we want

Sunday 28/08
10. Evaluation and general cleaning