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Saturday, July 8 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Socialists and Movements

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You don’t need socialists for there to be mass movements, but socialists have always played an important role in them. The worst error socialists can make is to stand apart from mass movements; the second worst error is to adapt to its current political level, depriving it of potential leadership for further development. Every broad social movement as it develops becomes more radical as activists and militants begin to draw deeper conclusions from the struggle. Socialists must not just be the best fighters for the immediate goals, but must connect these goals to a wider struggle against the system as a whole. As Marx said in the Communist Manifesto, the job of socialists is to “fight for the attainment of the immediate aims, for the enforcement of the momentary interests of the working class; but in the movement of the present, they also represent and take care of the future of that movement.” This session will discuss the role of socialists in movements.


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Burnham A/B