2017 – Centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia
Detroit WWP Marxism Class on V.I. Lenin and Amilcar Cabral
Self Determination and National Culture
5920 Second Avenue (at Antoinette), Detroit
Sat. April 1, 5:00 PM
This event represents the second in a series of classes on Leninism and its application to the contemporary situation.
One of many fundamental lessons to be found within scientific socialist thought as developed by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels are the polemics with other tendencies within the revolutionary movements over the right of oppressed nations to self-determination, up to the point of independence. Marx maintained this view in regard to the political situations involving Poland and Ireland during the late 19th century.
V.I. Lenin, who along with the Bolshevik Party in the November (October) 1917 Revolution, applied the correct Marxist viewpoint in not only carrying out the first socialist seizure of state power but also the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1922. We will examine Lenin’s views on these questions from an article written in 1914, three years prior to the triump of the Russian Revolution.
Title: “The 1903 Program and Its Liquidators”
Later in 1970, at Syracuse University in New York state, Amilcar Cabral, the co-founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), delivered an historic address on the need for revolutionary theory in approaching the role of culture in the national liberation struggles leading to socialist construction.
These reading materials will be supplied at the class.
Please come out and join us in these very important discussions which can serve to guide our organizing work during this period.
Facilitator: Abayomi Azikwe, Editor Pan-African News Wire; Contributing Editor, Workers World Newspaper