Marxism Day School: REASONS TO REVOLT

What: A full day of lectures, discussions and movies
When: 14 January 2007, Sunday
By: International Socialists (Pakistan)
Where: Irtiqa Institute, 2nd Floor, Al-Ahmad Mansion Opposite Bait-ul-Mukarram Masjid, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, University Road, Karachi.
Contact: internationalsocialistpakistan@yahoo.com or www.geocities.com/internationalsocialistpakistan
Further Information: 0333-2298922
For How Much: Rs 50 for working people and Rs. 40 for students/unemployed

DETAILS:

Movies:

1. The Wind That Shakes The Barley: A film by Ken Loach on freedom struggle of Ireland and war on Iraq

2. Radical Poetry: Poetry by Abbas Jalbani, Imam Shamil and Rehana Channar

Speakers:

1. Chris Harman: Leading Marxist in Britain and editor of International Socialism Journal
2. Ibn Hassan: Runs the Urdu section of marxists.org, author of books/translations of Marx, Engels and Lenin.
3. Zain-ul-Abideen: Journalist and leading young Marxist intellectual
4. Mumtaz Mehar: Literary critique and a leading left-wing Sindhi writer
5. Ilyas Khokhar: Journalist and writer of political economy
6. Sartaj Khan: Editor of Socialist (Urdu)
7. Sajid Hussain: Historian and Broadcaster
8. Ghulamuddin: TV Journalist and writes on international affairs
9. Riaz Ahmed: Associated with monthly Socialist and teaches at Karachi University

Courses:

Course-1: Marxism Today

1.Alienation & Capitalism
2. Struggles in Balochistan
3. Hudood & Women Emancipation
4. Marxism & Literature
5.Changing Working Class
6. Das Capital
7. Class Base of Islamism

Course-2: Fighting Imperialism

1. Capitalism
2. Class
3. Party
4. Revolution
5. Why you should be a socialist

After every lecture there is a half an hour of discussion. Course material can be found at www.geocities.com/internationalsocialistpakistan

DISCLAIMER: This information is based on brochure I picked up at Arts Council. For details call 0333-2298922. I believe it is a fantastic endeavor and I suggest all those interested to please not miss it for these festivals rarely (if ever) take place in Karachi.

17 Comments so far

  1. UZi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm
  2. Noori (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

    I hate Karl Marx
    I’m going to keep this short, because I don’t have the patience to write a long post about serious things right now.

    Religion is detrimental to the intellectual advancement of our society.

    If the world were filled with intellectuals, the world would be better without religion. (Consider how many philosophers considered themselves agnostic. There is a reason.)

    However, because our world is NOT filled with intellectuals, unfortunately religion remains a necessary evil. As much as I hate Karl Marx and his ridiculous socio-economic philosophies, I do agree with his statement “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”

    Without the asinine notion of a supernatural being waiting to punish them for stepping out of line, you would have a vast majority of people unwilling to accept their status in the lower castes of our society and desire revolution.

    Revolution every twenty years or so because the next group of poor or oppressed people are tired of being so is unhealthy for the relative serenity of our planet.

    This is why we should let them have their God and their welfare — it quiets them, or makes them blindly ignorant.. Either way works.


  3. Bayl (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

    Re: Noori

    I’m not a Marxist myself. I mostly agree with your ideas because I’m a skeptic myself (or agnostic as you say) but we have to keep in mind the majority of our readers who are Muslims and be accommodating to everyone’s views. Our beliefs or lack thereof does not give us a license to condescend toward others as being ‘asinine’ or ‘ignorant’. Blaming the religious extremists for intolerance and then being intolerant toward passionate Marxists is hypocritical won’t you say?

    That being said, this blog is about Karachi and its scope covers events taking place in Karachi, even if those events interest a small minority. Just because you and I aren’t Marxists doesn’t mean nobody else is :)


  4. Bayl (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    //Revolution every twenty years or so because the next group of poor or oppressed people are tired of being so is unhealthy for the relative serenity of our planet.//

    Revolution is UNHEALTHY for the SERENITY of the planet so the oppressed people of our country, living below poverty line, at the mercy of the whims of the political fancies of a few capitalists should just shut up and compromise? Is that your idea of socio-economic justice and health?


  5. Bayl (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    Revolution is UNHEALTHY for the SERENITY of the planet so the oppressed people of our country, living below poverty line, at the mercy of the whims of the political fancies of a few capitalists should just shut up and compromise? Is that your idea of socio-economic justice and health?


  6. ash (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

    sounds fantastic…if this is going to be out on video/internet could you guys let us know?


  7. wasiq (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    Hats off to the Rs 10/- discount….kabraan nu latth mar diti ay….


  8. yo yo (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    BAYL..NOORI..you can anything about Islam. But just keep in mind who has done more good. No one finds comfort in philosopher theories. It provides no hope and no solution. Quotes like “religion is the opium for the masses” shows that people who support such idea think of themselves better than the others. While religion Islam negates that. It goes to show people are equal. And with more intelligence and power the person should become humble…not arrogant.

    People like you have come and gone.. but who remembers them at all. Even to this day Muslims around the world love the Prophets with the depths of their hearts.


  9. MB (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    Sounds great
    I am not a Marxist either but i would love to attend it. By the way will we gonna see any video?

    YO YO
    That religion of yours (and mine too) teaches you to tolerate opposite opinion. Attending it doesn’t mean you are going against Islam. There are many aspects to it that are in parallel to Islam. The author isn’t preaching anything here. He is just informing you about an event.


  10. shobz (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    i remember Marxism week 2005 in london. sadly i was unable to go because of the July 7 bombings which changed my travel plans.


  11. yo yo (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    MB…I am also speaking out my opinion. I am convinced in what I say. But please keep in mind. If the prophets had kept quite people all around the world would not be muslim today.


  12. Bayl (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

    /The author isn’t preaching anything here. He is just informing you about an event./

    Thank you. I felt like saying that myself. And oh, the author isn’t a male :-/


  13. yo yo (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    BAYL…I donot want to chase you down…but please dont make a fool of us. Many muslims have been crushed under the Marxist regimes. I donot feel we should be furthering their agenda in Pakistan.


  14. ash (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    i agree with mb, marxism is a fascinating historical concept you dont have to be communist or atheist to learn about it


  15. MB (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    @YO YO
    If Muslims have been crushed by Marxist regimes does that mean Marxism teaches crushing? And besides any revolt is it against Islam or using Islam will be death equally around the world. China a long friend of us crushed Muslims too. No gov. likes a revolt against its own. It’s a human nature, to crush opposition using any pretext. Will Saudi or Iranian gov. allow a revolt against itself by a small fraction? No, obviously not. They are going to crush it too. You call it saving country or brutality; it’s just the difference of angle.
    Millions have been killed in the name of saving/ spreading Islam too. Your (& mine) history books treat that killing as justified for any reason & the others take it as crushing or brutality. So does that mean that Islam preaches killing?


  16. MB (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    2nd line : revolt be** it
    3rd line : dealt** equally


  17. ahmer (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    Well u guys r certainly right abt one thing that learning abt the perspective of one thing doesnt intend one’s affiliations to it but the thing is that honestly we ppl have become so much intolerant of things which bring a slight change in our day to day life. Marxism is not the issue here the issue here are we advocating it ?? Ofcourse we arent but it sure as hell wouldnt hurt to know abt it.



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