The Western Canada Marxist Summer School
Join Socialist Fightback in Edmonton, Alberta as we host the 3rd annual Western Canada Marxist Summer School. This two-day event will be held on the weekend of July 2-3 and will focus on the struggle against imperialism.
Each year the Western Marxist Summer School has drawn a larger attendance and has now become the largest Marxist gathering in Western Canada. Now with the conflict in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and the general crisis of the capitalist system, we expect that this year will draw our biggest crowd yet.
Join us and help make this year’s Western Marxist Summer School the biggest and best ever!
Western Marxist School 2022 Programming
DAY 1: Sat, 2 July 2022
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9.00 AM – 11.30 AM What is imperialism?
War, poverty, climate change, hunger, disease, the concentration of power, wealth, and influence in the hands of a few. These, and countless more nightmares have plagued the world for over 100 years, making life miserable for the vast majority of the globe. Lenin proposed in his work, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, that these phenomena are not a bug or mistake of capitalism, but rather the logical progression under a system based on the relentless and unending pursuit of capital. Attend this session with Fightback activist Larissa, to uncover exactly how the imperialist powers make life a living hell for the rest of us, and what we can do to fight back.
- Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism – Lenin
- Alan Wood’s Introduction to the new Mexican edition of Lenin’s Imperialism
12.30 PM – 2.30 PM The Origin of Nations and Nationalism
Nations and nationalism are the historical products of capitalism. With capitalism entering into crisis and decaying before our eyes, the national question is once again raising its head, with its particularly poisonous form that divides workers along national lines. It is therefore important for us to learn the origin of nations so that we can end national antagonism once and for all and abolish all frontiers.
2.30 PM – 5.00 PM The Nicaraguan Revolution
On July 19, 1979, Anastasio Somoza was overthrown by a general strike and insurrection by the peasants and workers of Nicaragua. The Sandinista revolution achieved important social achievements such as removing illiteracy from a country where the vast majority had not read a single word in their lives. This revolution, however, would not be able to break the chains of capitalism in the country. Join us as we discuss why the Sandinistas were unable to finish the Nicaraguan revolution.
- Nicaragua: Lessons of a country that did not finish its revolution
- [Video] Permanent Revolution in Latin America
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Social: Beers and Wings with Marxists
DAY 2: Sun, 3 July 2022
9.00 AM – 11.30 AM How to Bring down the UCP
Alberta’s UCP government is circling the drain. It is the least popular provincial government in the country, and has been teetering on the edge for a prolonged period of time. After three years of austerity, budget deficits and political convulsions, the UCP have no moral authority to govern, and yet they are still in power! We cannot wait until the next election to get rid of the UCP, and we don’t have to. The working class can stop the attacks, the austerity, and take control of the province. The time to overthrow the UCP is now.
- The end is near for Jason Kenney
- High oil prices won’t save Jason Kenney
- The end has finally arrived for Jason Kenney
12.30 PM – 2.30 PM The Oka Crisis and Indigenous Resistance
The Oka crisis is one of the most significant episodes in modern Canadian history. For a number of months, all eyes in the country were pulled to a small Quebecois town where a group of Indigenous activists lead an armed blockade against a golf course expansion that threatened ancestral lands. This standoff sparked a wave of protest across Canada and left behind a spirit of militancy that the Indigenous movement continues to draw from today.
- The 1990 Oka crisis: Lessons for today
- Indigenous Struggle and the Fight for Socialism: Revolution, Not Reconciliation!
2.30 PM – 5.00 PM Marxism and the Struggle against Imperialist War
War. What is it good for? Lots and lots of money. Come to this session led off by Fightback editor Alex Grant to discover the Marxist analysis of imperialist war. Answer the question whether there is such a thing as a just war, or if we can stop war by pacifist disarmament. Is war merely the result of genetically determined violence in humans, or does class society have something to do with it? How do revolutionary socialists propose to put an end to war, and the imperialism that creates it.
- Bourgeois pacifism and Socialist pacifism – Lenin
- Manifesto of the Fourth International on Imperialist War – Trotsky
- War and the Fourth International – Trotsky