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Fri Dec 23, 2011, 09:50 PM

Democracy and Socialism - Emanuele Saccarelli - Parts I-IV



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Teach-in by Prof. Emanuele Saccarelli, SDSU entitled: "Democracy and Socialism" The lecture explained how the democratic aspirations of working people would be met in the process of reorganizing society along socialist lines. A few crucial historical experiences, including the Paris Commune of 1871 and the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 will be examined. The 'Commune'and the 'Soviets' represented new forms and institutions of democratic rule and representation which were developed by working people in their struggle for equality. The lecture also discusses the contemporary significance of these institutions with particular reference to the failure of the nominal'democracy' that exists today as well as the challenges confronting the 'Occupy' movement.
Professor Saccarelli is the faculty adviser for International Student for Social Equality, the student organization for Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).


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Reply Democracy and Socialism - Emanuele Saccarelli - Parts I-IV (Original post)
marmar Dec 2011 OP
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #1
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #2
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 04:57 PM

1. Awesome! Thanks.

Kicking so I can view them for later.

This perhaps could go on the resource list (but then, maybe I'm getting rambunctious).

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Sat Dec 24, 2011, 06:54 PM

2. Yep, awesome indeed. I'm halfway through the 4

and looking forward to the Q & A.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 11:46 AM

3. OK, I watched them all. My impressions

are that this was something of an "Intro to Marxism" lecture. There wasn't anything that (probably) most of us didn't know. But that's the point. What we know and what the general public knows about the historical background of socialism are two different things. We might should put this in the resource post simply for it's value for people who are just coming to class analysis.

I thought the Q&A was pretty interesting in the one aspect of the "ism and ist" question. And I want to reiterate what the speaker said. The isms are good for refining your positions and finding exactly WHERE your common ground is with other people. You don't jump into an "ism" without knowing what that ism is about, but without the ism you can find yourself in a VERY shallow pool that winds up without ANY programme for getting things done.

I know from a marketing position how the word "socialist" has been demonized and might turn off potential allies who would otherwise agree with your positions. But by the same token the various tendencies of socialism tells the individual exactly WHERE he or she is politically.

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