Millions of people agree that we need a radical political transformation in the US. But anytime people organize a movement, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter to the Fight for $15, we run up against the power of the media, the bosses and the police.
Students and workers from Quebec to Mexico to Egypt to Greece confront the same powerful enemies. Under capitalism, the state serves as the unifying force which the ruling class uses to coordinate repression and co-optation. People around the world have shown their capacity to mobilize, but the modern state has demonstrated its skill in absorbing or dispersing our potential power.
Is it possible to reform these bureaucratic monstrosities? Or is a revolution necessary in order to dismantle institutional racism, US imperialism and neoliberal economic policy?
Todd Chretien, editor of new edition of V.I. Lenin’s State and Revolution (Haymarket Books, 2014), will draw on US history, Marxist state theory, and contemporary events in Greece and Egypt to argue that a revolution is not only necessary in the US, but entirely plausible.
Thursday, April 23
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201