July 25: Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

Tuesday, July 25
7:00 p.m.
Common Good Cafe
(Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105

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Capitalism could not survive if it weren’t able to convince most people—through its control of education and cultural institutions—to accept it. But when that fails, they have strong institutions in the form of police, soldiers, and courts, to ensure the status quo. Changing society therefore involves both changing minds and challenging the power of the ruling class.

The working class needs its own party, not only to count its own forces and educate itself, but also to gather enough strength to win. What kind of party must it be? It must be more than a party that seeks electoral office—it must be a party that participates in all the myriad partial struggles against the system, bringing into its ranks the best, most conscious fighting elements to lead a challenge against capitalism as a whole.

Join us for a discussion about these questions and to look at the history of the Bolshevik Party in the 1917 Russian Revolution, to examine what lessons we can learn from that history.

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