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The Miners strike

At the University of East Anglia recently Rob Sewell of the Socialist Appeal gave a talk on the Miners strike in Britain 1984-5. The strike was a culmination of the inevitable build up of tension between the ruling and working class. In the post-war period the decline of British imperialism had occured. The Tories of the 1980s were a rabid reaction to that phenomenon, determined to destroy the organised labour movement by taking on its most militant section, the National Union of Miners. Listen here to Part 1 and Part 2.

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The Permanent Revolution

Fred Weston of the International Marxist Tendency, and editor of In Defence of Marxism, talks on Leon Trotsky's theory of the Permanent Revolution. This marxist concept constitued the main ideological opposition to Stalin's theory of 'socialism in one country', which came to be the dominant outlook of the Soviet bureaucracy, that grew out of the isolation and  degeneration of the young workers state. Part 1 and Part 2.

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Marxism and the National Question

At a meeting in London in November 2007 Linda Clarke of the Socialist Appeal talks about Marxism in relation to the national Question. Linda talks about the history and evolution of the nation state, the meaning of bourgeois nationalism, and deals with the particular circumstances of the national question in relation to Scotland, Ireland and the position of the Marxists during the Falklands war. Listen to part1 and part2.

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What's all the fuss? Hands off Venezuela at Cardiff University

Supporters of the Venezuelan revolution held a meeting at Cardiff University (Britain) on November 14, 2007. This meeting was held in order to explain the significance of events that have taken place in Venezuela over the last 10 years and to spread the message that is coming out of Latin America: that there is an alternative to capitalism in the 21st century - socialism. Listen to Fred Weston's introduction here and summing up here.

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Britain and the World Economy

Mick Brooks of the Socialist Appeal Editorial Board spoke recently at a meeting organised by Socialist Appeal supporters in London on Britain and the World Economy, looking in particular at the financial panic that began in August. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2.

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Marxism and Religion

Alan Woods talks to the ULU Marxist Society in London on the topic of 'Marxism and Religion'. Alan explains the materialist conception of the world, integral to the theory of Marxism, and contrasts it to the idealist perspective that gives rise to religion. Alan explains the nature of religion as a means of consoling the oppressed with a life after death, the tendency of the church to break down along class lines, as well as the trade union credentials of God. Listen to part 1 and part 2.

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The Relevance of Socialism in the 21st Century

Alan Woods, editor of www.marxist.com and author of many books including Reason in Revolt and The Venezuelan Revolution: A Marxist Perspective, talks to the Oxford Brookes Socialist Society on the relevance of socialism in the 21st century. Listen here.

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The History of Philosophy

In the first of a series of talks, Alan Woods adresses the Greenwich branch of the Socialist Appeal on the need for Philosophy, especially for those who are interested in the perspective of revolution. This talk begins with the materialist pre-Socratics of Greece, where real philosophy began, and the father of dialectics - Heraclitus. The relevance to politics of having a philosophy is to explain the apparent static reality of things, which is in fact a surface appearance that conceals maturing contradictions. Part 1.1 and Part 1.2.

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The Crisis in the Middle East

This recording was made at the Socialist Appeal day school in London in July 2007, where comrades gathered to hear Fred Weston, editor of www.marxist.com, talk on the current situation in the Middle East. The talk covers primarily the situation in Israel and Palestine, the war last summer between Israel and Lebanon and the situation in Iraq. Listen to part 1 and part 2.

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The Situation in Brazil

Fred Weston, editor of the website In Defence of Marxism, talks about the current situation in Brazil at the London Aggregate of the Socialist Appeal at the begining of July 2007. The occupied factories movement in Brazil is symptomatic of the extreme instability throughout the Latin American continent, as is the Lula governments attempts to divide the working class along race lines and its recent attacks on the CIPLA and Flasko occupied factories. Listen to part 1 and part 2.

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The Marxist theory of the State

This recording was made at the Socialist Appeal day school in London in June 2007, where comrades gathered to discuss the Marxist theory of the State and the Revolutionary Tactics of the Bolshevik Party in 1917.  In this session Rob Lyon explains the origins of the state as a means of expropriating the surplus wealth produced by a particular class, and the development of the different forms of the state and class society throughout history.

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