Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

At NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Info: contact Gene Ruyle: Ph: 510-332-3865. 



(NOTE: These are all tentative and may be changed.
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NOTE: Many of our programs are being recorded and placed on the "icss marxist" channel on YouTube:

Our Sunday morning programs are scheduled pretty much on a “first come, first served” basis and confirmed at our planning sessions. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers only and do not represent a group consensus on the issues by the members of ICSS. Our general practice is to allot at least half of the time to comradely discussion of the issues including as many voices as practical.

BOOKS AVAILABLE: There are still some copies of Victor Grossman’s book, A Socialist Defector, available for purchase. Also Raj has a dozen or so copies of Grover Furr’s brand new book titled: ‘Trotsky’s Lies’ should someone want to buy it ahead of Grover’s lecture on Socialism or some other topic. Email Gene at:  if you want to buy either.

Sun, Jul 14, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
General Elections in India:
Modi’s Fascism vs. Social Democrats and the Left

   Modi has completed 5 years in power, with his BJP having a majority in the Indian Parliament. In 2014, Modi won on the slogan of “Be with everyone, development for everyone” in the background of major corruption scandals in the last 5 years of the 10 years that Congress Party ruled (2004 thru 2014), with Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi as the Congress Party President.  
   Modi moved rapidly to consolidate power in his hands, ousting or sidelining veteran leaders in his own Party. Under his 5 years of rule, “cow protectors” have become emboldened. Several incidents of lynching of Muslims have taken place, religious bigotry is openly practiced, and assassinations of several public intellectuals, all secularists, have taken place while he mostly sat silently over such egregious violations of civil rights. Further he has tried to create a militarist posture and sought to portray himself as a strong PM, who is willing to take on the terrorists based in Pakistan aggressively. His policies of “demonetization” of 2016 created a great deal of small business distress. Unemployment is at 45 year high and farm distress and farmer suicides continue. But the mass media, now privately owned and funded by big capital, has helped create him as a “the man of the people”. 
   ICSS member Raj Sahai will present his views on what is beginning to boil under the surface of a seeming “all is well” scenario presented in India in the mass media and projected and globally.

Sun, Jul 14, 2019: 12:45-1:45 pm
Planning Session
We get together after the morning session, usually the first Sunday of every month but today on the Second Sunday, to discuss things in general and plan the schedule for our Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library forums. This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions and discuss procedures and organization of the ICSS. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Also, please review our web site to familiarize yourself with our current proposals. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.


Sun, Jul 21, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
China's PLA Political-Military Strategy for the Past 30 & Next 30 Years
China's political-military strategies are examined within the framework of the Primary Stage of Socialism which replaced Mao's class revolutionary approach. Starting briefly from the Mao era (30 years before Deng), the presentation will focus on the Reform Period (30 years after Deng).  Stages of political-military strategies are related to the changing political-military doctrines of each executive of the party-state.  These, in turn, are identified with the anticipated types of imperialist conflicts and threats and to the kinds of political-military policies designed to deal with them.  Among the issues discussed will be the dominant Chinese view of what the world might look like in 2050, what China's role will be and why no overt, direct war with the US until at least 2050.
   Presented by Al Sargis, Founder of the Friedrich Engels Institute for Marxist War & the Military (FEIMWAMA) and Moderator of ChinaStudyGroupBoston & MARMILIST Yahoo groups.  He has been to China 10 times, including  presentations to the Chinese Academy of Military Science and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Sun, Jul 28, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cuba and Culture
An exploration of the situation in Cuba today, speakers to include Tony Ryan, founder of the Turquino Project, and Steve Wasserman, publisher and executive director of Heyday Books. Tony Ryan will moderate.

Sun, Aug 4, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Designing Armageddon at Livermore Lab
Getting ready for the annual Hiroshima Day Rally, Aug 6 in Livermore. ICSS Member Eugene E Ruyle will have a slide show titled “Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Build Nuclear Weapons.”  (TENTATIVE)

Sun, Aug 11, 2019: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm  *NOTE TIME CHANGE*
The Most Important Historical Discovery of Our Era
Our comrade from Monclair University, Grover Furr, will be speaking on his latest research on Socialism. After a short summary of recent research on the Stalin years in the USSR (mainly, my own research), he will talk about why the proof that Stalin and the Soviet leaders did not commit a single one of the crimes he (and they) are charged with, and why what REALLY happened in the USSR during the 1930s, is so significant for us today, and for all those who will fight for a communist world in future.

Sun, Aug 18, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela

   Our planned speaker will be
Daniel Kovalik who will update us on current developments in Venezuela. A frequent visitor to Venezuela, his most recent book is The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil.
   Dan currently teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He also served for over 25 years as Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW). While with the USW, he served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket and Specialty Health Care. He has also worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia.
   The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian unionists subject to death threats, described Dan Kovalik as “one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States.” Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia. He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.
Other books Dan Kovalik has written: 
The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran.
The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin.
The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World.

Sun, Aug 25, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Black -Jewish Oppression viewed through the prism of the Leo Frank and Mary Turner lynchings.
The asymmetrical oppression of a privileged Jewish factory manager and the African-American wife of an impressed in peonage  convict laborer will be nevertheless interlinked to demonstrate the need for United Front struggle and mutual defense.
Our comrade, Elazar Friedman, will explore this topic during his visit from Idaho.

Sun, Sep 1, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lenin on the National Question

Sun, Sep 8, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange
in planning stage

Sun, Sep 15, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Storm Before the Conflagration.
A Marxist view of the United States in the 1850s, and applicable lessons for today’s political struggles, with ICSS Member Gary Hicks.

Sun, Sep 22, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Sep 29, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Oct 6, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Oct 13, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Oct 20, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Oct 27, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 3, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 10, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 17, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 24, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 1, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 8, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 15, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 22, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 29, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 5, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm