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Marxist University 2020 was a four-day online school hosted on July 25-28 2020 by the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), devoted to defending revolutionary socialist ideas, and educating workers and youth in Marxist theory!



Capitalism is going through the most serious crisis in its history. The coronavirus pandemic, the rise of mass unemployment and the increasing tensions between nations, reveal a system at a dead end. Amidst all this apparent chaos, only the theory and method of Marxism offer clarity and show the way forward for those who seek to change society.



We hosted a wide range of discussions delving into various aspects of Marxist theory, and demonstrating its superiority over all the reactionary, revisionist and reformist ideas that have come up against it. These were translated into Spanish and a number of other languages for the benefit of our international audience.

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Marxist University 2020 was a four-day online school hosted on July 25-28 2020 by the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), devoted to defending revolutionary socialist ideas, and educating workers and youth in Marxist theory!



Capitalism is going through the most serious crisis in its history. The coronavirus pandemic, the rise of mass unemployment and the increasing tensions between nations, reveal a system at a dead end. Amidst all this apparent chaos, only the theory and method of Marxism offer clarity and show the way forward for those who seek to change society.



We hosted a wide range of discussions delving into various aspects of Marxist theory, and demonstrating its superiority over all the reactionary, revisionist and reformist ideas that have come up against it. These were translated into Spanish and a number of other languages for the benefit of our international audience.

    Building the revolutionary party

    Building the revolutionary party

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Their morals and ours - Marxism vs. pacifism

    Their morals and ours - Marxism vs. pacifism

    One of the many slanders hurled at the Bolsheviks is that they were bloodthirsty intriguers who got their way through violent means. This is a criticism shared both by the hypocritical bourgeois, and elements on the left. These pacifists say that we need peace, love and understanding to counter the brutal repression of capitalism, not violent revolution. But will the ruling class ever really relinquish power without a fight? What is the real Marxist attitude to violence and pacifism? Our speaker, Ben Gliniecki, is a leading activist of the International Marxist Tendency. 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Liberty through struggle - Marxism vs. Queer Theory

    Liberty through struggle - Marxism vs. Queer Theory

    Marxism defends the unity of peoples across all gender and sexual lines in the fight against the oppressive capitalist system. But Queer Theory holds that our gender and sexual identities are a fiction produced by discourses and oppressive power in society: a learned performance. What does this idea mean for the liberation struggle? Is Queer Theory compatible with Marxism? This discussion will tackle these issues. Our speaker, Yola Kipcak, is a leading activist of Der Funke, the Austrian section of the IMT.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Marxism and Religion

    Marxism and Religion

    One of Marx’s best-known quotes is “religion is the opium of the people”, but that is not the end of the question. Marxism rejects all forms of superstition. Religion plays a profoundly reactionary role in society. But it cannot be overcome by argument alone. We must instead dismantle its social basis: the class system itself, which causes such misery and hardship that many people can only cope through the promise of an eternal reward after death. With the creation of a just and decent existence on earth, religion would serve no purpose. Our speaker, Alex Grant, is a leading member of Fightback, the Canadian section of the IMT. 

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Is class struggle ‘Eurocentric’ Marxism vs. postcolonialism

    Is class struggle ‘Eurocentric’ Marxism vs. postcolonialism

    Marxists are often accused of ‘Eurocentrism’ and ‘class reductionism’ (particularly in academic circles) when we argue for the struggle of workers of all races and nations against capitalism. It is said our emphasis on international working-class solidarity ignores the experience of people from the former colonial world, who must ‘decolonise’ their minds of Western-imposed ideas (Marxism included), and fight their own battles for liberation. But what is the best way forward for oppressed peoples throughout the world? This talk will explore these debates from a Marxist perspective. Our speaker, Hamid Alizadeh, is a leading activist of the International Marxist Tendency.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    The history of the IMT

    The history of the IMT

    The International Marxist Tendency traces its roots all the way through the First, Second, Third and Fourth Internationals. In the postwar period, there was a general retreat by the forces of genuine Marxism, and the left was dominated by the distortions of Stalinism and reformism. While other groups were preparing for a Third World War or denying the existence of the working class, our tendency put up a firm defence of the theories and traditions of Marxism; which at every turn, were proved to be correct. By building on the firm basis of theory, our organisation is today emerging as the strongest revolutionary force amongst workers and youth worldwide. Our speaker, Fred Weston, is a leading activist of the International Marxist Tendency.

    • 1 hr 37 min

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