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Marxist analysis and theory, brought to you by Socialist Appeal - the Marxist voice of Labour and youth.

Providing regular talks and discussions from www.socialist.net.

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In this podcast, Daniel Morley discusses the idea of workers' democracy, contrasting this with the formal democracy that we have under capitalism, and explaining the ways in which the working class can take control of the wider economy. Providing historical examples, Daniel shows how the working class can take power in order to run society in the interests of the many, rather than for the profits of the few. Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ SoundCloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this podcast, Ben Curry provides an in-depth history of the contrasting philosophies of idealism and materialism - two fundamental trends in philosophy, which have re-appeared in various forms throughout the history of human thought. Marxism basis itself on a materialist outlook, which understands the material world as being an objective reality, consisting of matter in motion, governed by dynamics that are knowable and discoverable. Idealism, in its different guises, asserts that ideas and thoughts are primary; the world around us is only an imperfect reflection of these ideas. But what are the political implications of these differing world views? Find out the answer to this question and more in this week's podcast! Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ SoundCloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this talk from 2016, Hamid Alizadeh of In Defence of Marxism discusses the history of philosophy in Ancient Greece, looking at the early developments in terms of dialectics and materialism - the foundations to the revolutionary philosophy of Marxism: dialectical materialism. Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ SoundCloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this talk from the Revolution Festival in 2016, Ben Curry gives an overview of the historical development of scientific theories and the philosophical ideas that lie behind some of the biggest scientific revolutions in history. As Ben discusses, the latest developments and discoveries in modern science are a vindication of the Marxist philosophy of dialectical materialism. Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ SoundCloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
The May elections were a disaster for the Labour party. But, rather than taking responsibility for this defeat, Starmer and the right have used this as an opportunity to scapegoat the left, and drag the party further to the right. In this podcast, Adam Booth argues that if we want to change the direction of Labour, we need to remove Starmer and transform the party from top to bottom, by putting grassroots members in charge, Only then can the Labour party take on the Tories and the bosses with socialist policies. Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ SoundCloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
What is consciousness?

What is consciousness?

2021-05-1901:15:36

What is consciousness? How does it arise? Where do our thoughts come from? And how do the mind and the material world relate to one another? In this recording of a talk given in 2014, Daniel Morley looks at the question of consciousness from a Marxist perspective and analyses one of the most complex of phenomena in nature - thought itself. Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ SoundCloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this podcast, Daniel Morley discusses the accusations of 'fatalism' levelled at Marxism by its enemies. Ironically, it is Marx's accusers who would make human beings passive victims of fate. They say that Marxism is a 'teleological' theory, according to which all of human history is preordained. They even accuse Marxism of being a religion, with the role of God replaced by iron laws of history, leaving no role for active, conscious human beings to change history. This is, of course, a caricature. Marxism is the only philosophy that explains the contradiction between free will and determinism. It is only by understanding the objective laws that govern society that we can change it. Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ Podcast - https://www.wavve.link/marxistvoice
Postmodernism is a trend in philosophy that has become mainstream, and heavily influences identity politics. But when we ask the question 'what is postmodernism?', we are often told that it is indefinable. Indeed it can be summed up as a philosophy that rejects theory, science and the idea of progress. In this podcast, Hamid Alizadeh of In Defence of Marxism explains why this philosophy is wrong and reactionary; and how the 'old' ideas of Marxism are far more relevant. Get involved with Socialist Appeal today! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join​ Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate​ Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe​ Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal​ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNe...​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app​ Podcast - https://www.wavve.link/marxistvoice
How do we acquire knowledge, and how reliable is it? Is there a real world beyond our senses, or is each of us an isolated atom? Can we really understand the workings of society and change it for the better? In his podcast, Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - mounts a defence of materialism against the trends of subjective idealism, such as positivism and postmodernism, that deny the possibility of objective and scientific knowledge about the world and society.
In this podcast, Niklas Albin Svensson – editor of marxist.com – sets out a Marxist analysis of the history and nature of fascism: what it is; what it isn’t; and how the labour movement can smash fascist and far-right groups wherever they emerge. The crisis of capitalism has shaken and polarised society all over the world. While thousands of workers and youth are taking to the streets against austerity and oppression, far-right and openly fascist groups of thugs and extremists have also risen in prominence. We saw the danger these groups pose earlier this year, when a 17-year-old white supremacist opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in Kenosha, Illinois. These protestors were out demonstrating against the racist murder of Jacob Blake by police, and demanding an end to all police brutality. At the same time, we are warned that reactionary governments – such as those of Trump, Johnson, or Bolsonaro – constitute a threat of fascism; and that the only way to defeat these regimes is for the left to team up with liberal ‘progressives’ at the ballot box. But is this correct? What are the perspectives for the rise of fascism? And how should workers and youth fight far-right and genuinely fascist elements that do rear their heads? Join - socialist.net/join Donate - socialist.net/donate Subscribe - socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our podcast, Marxist Voice: Facebook - facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917 Twitter - twitter.com/socialist_app Podcast - wavve.link/marxistvoice
In this podcast, Joe Russell explains the history of the Levellers and the Diggers, and discusses what we can learn from these heroic revolutionary movements to help us in the struggle for socialism today.Over 350 years ago, the masses in England turned the world upside down, carrying out one of the first of the bourgeois revolutions. This shows how English history – contrary to the story we are constantly told – is not one glorious, uninterrupted march of conservative progress and moderation. In this great revolution, two movements – the Levellers and the Diggers – developed that went far beyond the confines of capitalism. With their vision and demands, they laid the foundations for the traditions of communism in England. Join - socialist.net/join Donate - socialist.net/donate Subscribe - socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our podcast, Marxist Voice: Facebook - facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917 Twitter - twitter.com/socialist_app Podcast - wavve.link/marxistvoice
In this podcast, Ben Curry explains the Marxist understanding of the role played by individuals in history – and the role that we must play today. History is commonly taught as little more than the deeds of great men, who alone possess the ability to make history. Marxism rejects this view, and instead sees the development of society and great events as subject to objective processes, which often act behind the backs of the people taking part in them. But does this mean that the actions, ideas, and characteristics of individuals play no role at all? And what does this mean for revolutionaries living and fighting today? Marxism has sometimes been wrongly accused of fatalism: the belief that everything that happens is predetermined and unavoidable. But this raises an important question of how the powerful objective forces of history interact with the conscious acts of individuals. Get involved with Socialist Appeal! Join - www.socialist.net/join Donate - www.socialist.net/donate Subscribe - www.socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - www.twitter.com/socialist_app Soundcloud - @socialist-appeal
In this podcast, Olivia Ruadh explains why it is the capitalist system that is to blame for climate change – and why we need to fight for a clear socialist solution. With the huge youth strikes for climate internationally in recent years, the environmental movement became a real mass movement. The slogan of these protests – ‘for system change, not climate change – indicated a clear revolutionary mood amongst activists. Whilst more and more people are drawing direct links between the climate catastrophe and capitalism, many environmentalists still argue that economic growth, industrialisation, ‘consumerism’, high living standards and overpopulation are the primary cause of ecological destruction. All of these ideas, ultimately, reflect a form of neo-Malthusianism: a reactionary perspective that points the finger at ordinary people for the problems facing our planet. Get involved with Socialist Appeal! Join - www.socialist.net/join Donate - www.socialist.net/donate Subscribe - www.socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - www.twitter.com/socialist_app Soundcloud - @socialist-appeal
In this podcast, Shaun Morris of the Revolution editorial board, will examine the lessons and legacy of the Irish independence struggle – an understanding of which is essential for revolutionary Marxists fighting for a socialist united Ireland today. One hundred years ago, Ireland was in the midst of a revolutionary war for independence from Britain. As Britain’s oldest colony, Ireland was the testing ground for the brutal policies that the British ruling class applied across the Empire. The terror the British troops (known as the “black and tans”) unleashed is a notorious and blood-stained page in the history of British imperialism – one that is little discussed today. The War of Independence took place in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, forming part of a wave of revolutions across Europe. In content, the Irish Revolution was a proletarian revolution, accompanied by strikes, factory and land occupations, and even the formation of soviets. Again, this fact is little mentioned one hundred years on. The outcome of the War of Independence, however, was betrayal by the nationalist leaders and the partition of Ireland, which unleashed a wave of reaction. As such, the legacy of the unfinished revolution from a century ago lives on in the struggle against the Catholic Church; the unresolved national question; and the crisis of the two-party system in the South. Get involved with Socialist Appeal! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this podcast, Jules Legendre from Révolution - the French section of the International Marxist Tendency - explains what the Paris Commune was, and the lessons that revolutionaries must draw from it today. For two months between March and May 1871 the armed workers of Paris, surrounded by enemies on all sides, took their destiny into their own hands and demonstrated that it is possible for the workers to run society democratically, without capitalists, bankers or even a standing army. In his brilliantly concise and penetrating addresses, written in the heat of the events themselves, Marx succeeds in distilling the experience of the Commune down to its most fundamental elements, drawing out in the process a programme for the revolutionaries of the future. 150 years on, this book remains a priceless resource for the workers of the world. Pre-order Wellred's brand new edition of Marx's 'The Civil War in France' here: https://wellredbooks.net/the-civil-war-in-france.html Get involved with Socialist Appeal! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this talk from yesterday's meeting on how to end violence against women, we were joined by Natasha Sorrell, an NEU activist and Socialist Appeal supporter, and Karen Campos, an activist in Izquierda Socialista (IMT - Mexico)and the Liga de Mujeres Revolucionarias. Both Natasha and Karen emphasised that it is only by abolishing capitalism that we can begin to build a society free from oppression and violence. "Killed by the system we're told 'protects' us.” These were the striking words on one placard at Saturday's vigil for Sarah Everard in London – a protest against the daily violence, oppression, and unsafe conditions that women face under capitalism. In the case of Sarah Everard – and her harrowing murder, allegedly at the hands of a serving police officer – women everywhere see themselves, and the traumatising experiences they live through day-in, day-out as a result of this oppressive system. Across the world, however, women are rising up against these injustices. From Mexico to Argentina; from Ireland to Poland: women are coming out onto the streets against gender-based violence; against workplace harassment; and against repressive abortion laws – in short, against this oppressive status quo, and against the politicians and police who uphold it. As the slogan on Saturday's demo stated: the system isn’t protecting us – it is killing us. We need to unite and fight to overthrow this whole rotten, violent, oppressive system. Get involved with Socialist Appeal! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this podcast, James Kilby analyses the Great Depression, a period of crisis that many have compared to the present situation. In both cases, however, it is clear that these crises are not 'accidental', but a necessary product of capitalism's incurable contradictions. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a deep economic collapse. The world stands on the verge of a new depression. We must therefore look to the past to understand the present – and the future. The Wall Street Crash was the spark for the Great Depression of the 1930s. This period provides a stark demonstration of the failure not only of the capitalist system, but also of the Keynesian New Deal – as admitted by even Keynes himself. Facing mass unemployment and struggling to survive, workers began to fight back. Today, we are entering into a similarly stormy period of crisis, instability and rising class struggle. However, every historical analogy has its definite limits: there is no precedent for the current capitalist crisis. We must learn the lessons of the 1930s and fight to put an end to capitalism once and for all.
In this talk from our international women's day event, Laurie explains where women's oppression comes from and what we can do to end it. Marxists understand that women's oppression has not existed forever. Rather, it arose with the rise of class society, which alongside subordinating the majority of people to the will of a few exploiters, also resulted in the origins of the family and the oppression and exploitation from women. This historical understanding of oppression is crucial - contrary to the beliefs of those who think that the oppression of women is somehow biological or innate. If women's oppression has not existed forever, then it can be overthrown. Today, despite decades of so called 'progress', nothing has really changed for the vast majority of the world's women. In fact, COVID-19 has turned back the clock on many of the gains of the past period. In the first few weeks of lockdown alone, 14 women were murdered in the UK. Just as women's oppression arose with class society, so it will only truly disappear with the overthrowal of class society and the end of all exploitation. Get involved with Socialist Appeal! Join - https://www.socialist.net/join Donate - https://www.socialist.net/donate Subscribe - https://www.socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/socialist_app Podcast - https://www.soundcloud.com/socialist-appeal
In this talk from last month's MSF conference, Fiona Lali - lead organiser of the MSF - discusses need for leadership in our present-day struggles, and why we should look to the ideas of Lenin and Trotsky as inspiration. With mass movements taking hold in every corner of the world, it has become clear that the masses possess plenty of energy and initiative. But spontaneous outbursts of anger are only one side of the equation: without a conscious, far-sighted leadership, movements will ebb, enter into decline and be defeated. But how do we build such a leadership? And what should it be based on? The rich history and traditions of Bolshevism offer us a wealth of lessons in how to build a revolutionary leadership, capable of winning over the masses. Join - www.socialist.net/join Donate - www.socialist.net/donate Subscribe - www.socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud: Facebook - www.facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - www.youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - www.twitter.com/socialist_app Podcast - @socialist-appeal
In this talk, Fiona Lali discusses the importance of remembering the crimes of the ruling class. While almost all African nations have official independence, they have no independence at all from imperialist exploitation. The only way forward is militant struggle against the exploiters of all lands, based on the principles of socialist internationalism. The idea that the British Empire ‘civilised’ the ‘backward’ and ‘barbarian’ people of Africa is the story rolled out by the apologists of imperialism, even to this day. The brutal reality of colonialism is almost always whitewashed over. Instead, at school and in the news, we are told to take pride in the role “we” played when “Britannia ruled the waves”. These ideas serve as a useful foundation for the racist and xenophobic ideas that the capitalists deploy today in order to divide the working class and exploit it all the more surely. The truth is that the wealth of Britain’s capitalist class came from the enslavement of black people and later, the bloodthirsty subjugation of the people of Africa in the 19th century. As Marx wrote, capitalism was born with “blood dripping from every pore”. In a very literal sense, this blood has continued to pour ever since. Even today we see how the European capitalists continue to plunder Africa, with the mechanisms of world trade stacked against the ex-colonial nations. The most naturally rich continent on the planet continues to be ransacked by the imperialists of the world, breeding misery and poverty for billions. Join us in the fight for socialism: Join - socialist.net/join Donate - socialist.net/donate Subscribe - socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our podcast, Marxist Voice: Facebook - facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917 Twitter - twitter.com/socialist_app Podcast - wavve.link/marxistvoice
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Henrik Wahren

please, please, please stop announcing how much time a speaker has left. It's more than annoying. Use visual cards or, if a webinar, a silent notification.

Oct 22nd
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Spencer Corning

that background noise was too distracting... I only made it about halfway through.

Jun 13th
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Andy Kourafas

she has to work on those "um"s

Oct 19th
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