Activities Youth School Follow the IIRE's 2013 Youth School

Follow the IIRE's 2013 Youth School


From the 20th to the 31st august 2013 the IIRE holds it's 8th Youth School. 23 young activists from eight different countries (Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Spanish State, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Philippines) participate in the session. During these ten days, they live together, self organising the practical life in the institute, attending the lectures and discussing their content and the social and political situation in their different countries.

The IIRE staff is recording video and audios of the lectures, and posting them together with the reading materials for each day, thus making the school accesible to a wide audience.

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Youth School's 2013 Program

0. Tuesday 20/08 Arrivals, introduction

Wednesday 21/08
1. Introduction to our critical Marxism - Alex Merlo
- Marx's materialism: The Theses on Feuerbach. Self-emancipation.
- Introduction to historical materialism: The notions of base and superstructure.
- Introduction to the Marxist critique of political economy: use value, exchange value, surplus value, exploitation.

Thursday 22/08
2. The global economic crisis - Henri Wilno
- Historical origin of the crisis: the neoliberal era
- Marxist analysis of the crisis : falling rate of profit, over accumulation, etc.
- Nature and possible outcomes of the current crisis

Friday 23/08
3. The global ecological crisis – Marijke Colle
- Climate crisis, biodiversity crisis, energy crisis and link with the capitalist mode of production.
- The notion of progress put into question, struggle of indigenous peoples, land grabbing etc.
- Our ecosocialist answers

Saturday 24/08
4. Women’s oppression, autonomous women’s movement - Nadia De Mond
- A Marxist-feminist analysis of women’s oppression and exploitation
- Gender, sexuality, intersectionality: the question of oppression in a broader framework

- Strategic necessity of an autonomous women’s movement; feminism and ecosocialism

Sunday 25/08
5. Imperialism and permanent revolution in the 21st Century - Peter Drucker
- Classic theory on imperialism, imperialism today
- Uneven and combined development
- The example of the Arab region revolutions and the dynamics of “permanent revolution”

Monday 26/08 Day off

Tuesday 27/08
6. Europe: the power of finance and strategic discussions - Willem Bos, Herman Michiel
- Characterisation of the EU
- The debt crisis and the orientation of the bourgeoisie
- Discussion on transitional demands and strategic perspective (anti-austerity governments, etc.)

Wednesday 28/08
7. New movements of resistance, USA - Michael Marchman
- The crisis in the USA
- Indignados/Occupy : a new type of movement and its impact
- Their relationship with the workers movement

Thursday 29/08
8. Latin America: New progressive governments and ecosocialist struggles - Sébastien Brulez
- The new situation in Latin America: Characterisation of the progressive governments
- the New social movements, the role of the indigenous movements
- Ecosocialism vs neo-extractivism: our project of society

Friday 30/08
9. Building broad parties and the Fourth International – Penny Duggan
- our strategic goal
- the role of the revolutionary party
- how can broad parties be a bridge between where we are now and what we want

Saturday 31/08
10. Evaluation and general cleaning


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Activities Youth School Follow the IIRE's 2013 Youth School