Sunday, July 08, 2012
Teach-in - Dangerous Ideas
A half day teach-in on the dangerous ideas at the heart of the revolutionary politics of Socialist Aotearoa. Sunday, 15 July - 1pm until 6pm with dinner provided. At Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Road, Kingsland.
The teach-in will cover three main themes - the intellectual, historical and activist traditions of revolutionary socialism - through the writings and experiences of some of the darkest and brightest points of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
From the science fiction of China Mieville and the Marxism of Tony Cliff to the radical ecology of Mike Davis the first session will explore how socialists spread dangerous ideas.
In the second session we will cover the history of the International Socialist Tendency from the police murder of New Zealand teacher and socialist Blair Peach during the struggle against the Nazis in London in the 1970s, the experience of socialists like Eamonn McCann in the Irish struggle for independence, and the Revolutionary Socialists in the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
The third and final session will focus on the role of revolutionaries in the Mana Movement, the education and student struggles and the trade union movement.
The legacy of Tony Cliff
The Struggle for Intergalactic Socialism by China Mieville
Ecology against Capitalism: Slum Ecology by Mike Davis
‘Southall was under state occupation’ the day Blair Peach died
The Battle of the Bogside by Eamonn McCann
Interview with Gigi Ibrahim, Egyptian revolutionary
Auckland at the crossroads
The Evolution of Contemporary Maori Protest by Te Ahu
What should a revolutionary do?