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Alan Woods Speaking Tour

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 8:49 PM

Comrades, I have been fortunate to have this occurance in my life. While strolling around at Concordia, I had come across some posters advertising a presentation on Tuesday by none other than Alan Woods of the International Marxist Tendency, one of many leading trotskyist organization. The Subject was the Prospect of Revolution in Europe and North America. Instantly, I knew that I had to go. And so I did, and was not disappointed. The man is very sociable and easy to talk with, and spoke with great fluidity, changing from humor to seriousness to passionate belief, really getting the attention of the audience of 50+ members. After discussion and donating and buying and signing books, we were invited to go to the Irish Embassy Pub, in which many comrades including Comrade Woods participated in. Many interesting discussions were had over pints of Beer, Guinness and Cider, including an interesting discussion between me, Alan Woods, and other comrades over the influence and actions of Comrade James Connolly, who is the subject of one of the books written by Alan Woods that I had bought. Soon Comrade Woods had to leave, and I had to return to my dorm, but it was an amazing experience. I plan on getting closer with the IMT and its Canadian counterpart Fightback or la Riposte here in Quebec.

Here is the Article from Fightback about the presentation, including a picture featuring yours truely in the second picture…
Cookies for whoever guesses which one is me! XD

Anyway comrades, just letting you know and I also urge you to look at the rest of the Fightback webpage as well as the IMT's website In Defence of Marxism, which contain plenty of interesting articles including those of Alan Woods himself

Enjoy Comrades

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The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I only get Micah white, the editor of Adbusters. And to get involved in that conference, I have to deal with a bunch of liberal college kids. The Students for a Democratic society are the definition of idealist bleeding heart liberals, and I can't stand it. Southern Maryland is so damn far away from anything. At least I get to yell at him for letting the occupy movement degrade into hippy drum circle, liberal masturbation.
NurIzin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
But liberals are against occupy movements and protest movements, look at Romney, Santorum, Palin, Bush, Reagan and Tatcher, all these strongly liberal people are against protests, and are particulary repressive. How could occupy turn into a liberal movement?
Liberals have always been the enemies of workers, unions and students, what hapenned in Québec these last months is a good example as well.
The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant modern American liberalism, not classical liberalism. you know, whinny democrats.
NurIzin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Yeah, I suppose I'm kinda annoying with that subject. But it is always weird for me when people associate liberalism with left or progressivism, because I always only think to classical/economical liberalism, not really the political one.
My political context is really different as well, as in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria and probably some others I forget, liberal parties are generally seen as right-wing parties (at least center-right), and social-democrats represent the left (but are of what we can call center-left) with ecologists in case of Germany and Francophone Belgium. So, it's hard for me to see them as "progressive".
To speak only about my region/community (Wallonia and French community of Belgium), the political battles happen between 4 parties :

-1st largest party : the social-democrats (Parti Socialiste), described as the left in medias, but clearly center-leftists, and adopted liberalism/capitalism as economical system, as they voted some liberalisations/privatisations. They were in the past socialist though, with a good number of marxist influences. They brought workers rights, ended child labour, had strong workers union, and brought many improvement in social security, healthcare, education and so on. But as nearly all "socialist" parties of second-half 20th century and 21th century, they slowly lost their socialist radicalism and marxist stances, to slip into capitalism and hypocritical center-leftism.

-2nd largest party : the liberals (party called Mouvement Réformateur) are the right-wing/center-right wing, they are, though, not as rightist as their France's like, as they were in favor of abortion, euthanasia, and gay marriage (according to my father, there are actually "a lot" of homosexuals within the party).

-3rd largest party : the christian-democrats (Centre Démocrate Humaniste) (so, now "humanist democrats" I guess) are the center party. They were originally a christian party, somehow conservative, and before the birth of socialist party, the only opponent to liberals (in that case liberals could have be seen as "leftist", as they were more progressive on some issues, and strongly atheist). However, while they were moraly conservative, they were more economically social (their name was in the past : Parti Social Chrétien), and launched a big numbers of workers movements as well. In late 90's, the party president (a woman), removed the "christian" from the name, and adopted the term humanist instead, so, the party made a movement to the centre.

-4th largest party : the ecologists (environementalists) (Ecolo) as leftist party as well. They emerged in the 70's, and wanted to be a different party, with a different way to work and so on. I don't know much about their history, but apparently they are issued of the christian worker movement.
They were a quite leftist party, actually, they were more leftist than the 70's-and-after PS, but these days, as the PS, they are slipping to centre/right on economical issues, and so are capitalists as well. This party is a bit weird, because there are inside it members that are quite anti-capitalist, but they aren't the ones who lead it.
The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Our parties are for the most party center and centery right, we don't really have a far left party, even in the communist party.

Most people don't think of it, but the green party supports some pretty socialist policies, but not in the way most people are lead to think. The socialist tendencies of the green party focus more on moderate labor reform (as opposed to the conseravative labor reform of the American Federation of Labor or the radical left revolutionary labor of the I.W.W.) municipal banking and cooperative businesses, in a sense its sort of an early form of american syndicalism called owenite (Refering to the Robert Owens cooperative experement in the mid 19th century [supported by abraham lincoln]). I would classify the Green party is a middle or middle center left party.

The Socialist Party U.S.A. is mostly a social democrat party, rather than a democratic socialist party. Although it's roots are a bit more radical than it is now. The Socialist party has fallen out of relevancy, being so small, that it's only practical efforts focus on minor reform.

The Communist party, although holds onto marxist-leninist ideals, are again, so small and irrelevant that they fall into only getting minor reform done, if anything, and its usually supporting one of the larger parties.

The Justice Party is a moderate party. Socially liberal for the most part, but economically centeral. It's strongly supportive of the Keynesian school of economics. It's very similart ot the democratic party, but with a stronger stance on democratic reform.

The Constitutionalist party is damn near fascist. Socially far conservative, and economically far right. They're for the almost complete removal of government interference in economics, supporting low corporate taxes, a flat income tax, low capital gainst taxes, a territorial tax system, and other various reforms that throw the little guy under the bus.

The Liberarian party, is economically far right, and socially moderate. Although their name suggests they're for democratic reform, that couldn't be farther from the truth. They support complete lassiez faire economics. Although a lot of its supporters, believe the libertarian party is socially liberal, they are fairly moderate. They oppose pro-choice, and affirmative action, equal pay for women and lgbtq concerns beyond gay marriage. The closest thing to socially liberal, is they ending the drug war, gay marriage. They aren't even lax on immigration policy (Mitt Romney's [R] immigration plan is less draconian than Gary Johnson's[l])

The Democratic party, is center, right, and socially liberal. Again, supportive of the refomrative Keynesian economics. They favor the more conseravtive labor reform, consistant with the American Federation of Labor.

The Republican Party is middle right economically, and socially conservative. Supportive of some economic reforms, some supported the Glass Stegall act, which broke up the banks, and most support the Sherman Anti-trust act, and the FDA. The Obama Care, was actually a comprimise between the republican "Romney Care", and a single payer system.

As you can seen, our parties aren't particularly helpful. The only two relevant third parties are the Green party, and the Libertarian Party. That's part of the reason I'm such an advocate of our radical left union, the I.W.W. as it's the only real large and relevant radical left organization in the U.S.
renjikuchiki1 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
As a Trotskyist, did he condemn comrade Stalin?
DeathlessLegends13 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Writer
Mentioned him once, but barely, his presentation was more rooted on the Economic Crisis, Occupy, and the Quebec Student Protests. It is possible that he does condemn him, but he did not elaborate in this particular presentation.
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