Communist
Summer
School
June 29 - 30, 2024
Edmonton, AB
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Capitalism is in an Existential Crisis
War, oppression, ecological crisis and disaster of all kinds are making the status quo unbearable for millions. Humanity faces two choices: socialism or barbarism. The Revolutionary Communist Party is working to make sure our future is a communist one.

This working class absolutely has the power to change the world, but it needs a leadership prepared to guide it to victory. That’s exactly what we’re building, and why we’re holding this school. We want to arm all those who hate capitalism with the knowledge and skills to fight for their class. As Lenin said, “Without revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement.
Class is in Session
Discussion Topics
Why we are communists
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The History of the Communist Party 
of Canada
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The Soviet Economy: How it worked and how 
it didn’t
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The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and 
the State
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Lenin on National Liberation
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How Lenin Won the Masses
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Session Details & Recommended Readings
Why we are Communists
We, as the communists, believe the only solution lies in revolution—in a society built by the workers, for the workers. The guide to achieving this society has been around for centuries, in the ideas of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky. We are determined to use these ideas to fight for a better world.
The History of the Communist Party of Canada
From 1919 to 1921, a generation of communists inspired by the Russian Revolution began creating a type of party never before seen on Canadian soil—a party not for the rich and powerful, but for the poor and dispossessed; a party determined to fight for their aims. In this discussion we will learn from the experience of the class fighters who came before us, in
preparation to finish the job they started.
The Soviet Economy: How it worked and how it didn’t
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was the greatest event in human history. For the first time ever, the working class seized power, abolished capitalism and began to build a socialist society.

We will discuss how the planned economy succeeded in developing Russia, how isolation, bureaucratisation, and Stalinism ultimately spelled doom for the USSR, and what lessons we can learn from the successes and failures of the Soviet economy.
The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State
The spokespeople of capitalism would have us believe that the way society is organized is eternal—that human nature is inherently selfish and that all of existence has been a competition to amass wealth. But history proves otherwise. Human society has changed many times and it can be changed again. With communist revolution, we can build a world based on truly free and equal relations between humans.
Lenin on National Liberation
All around the world, different national groups are oppressed by bloodthirsty capitalist powers, who divide and conquer in order to maintain their profits. As Communists, it's our duty to stand up for oppressed nations. But taking the right approach on the national question is a real challenge: sometimes national movement play a progressive role, leading oppressed masses to rise up against colonizers and imperialists, yet, at other times, national sentiments are cynically used by the ruling class to veil its class interests and divide the working class along identity lines.

That is why we need to study each national question in context, and carefully distinguish between what is progressive and what is reactionary in any national movement. This presentation will equip communists with the right tools to accomplish this.
How Lenin Won the Masses
Lenin made his mark on history because he expressed the will of the masses. This is why the ruling class hates him, and it’s why we as communists study him. This presentation will explain the tactical and strategic genius of Lenin which allowed him to win over the majority of Russia’s poor and working class and lead them to power.
Registration
Ticket Cost
The base price for tickets is $60 for those in Edmonton and surrounding areas, and $30 for those traveling from out of town. This will cover admission and lunch on both days. The money from tickets will be used to reimburse the expenses for the event and pay for travel for guest speakers from across Canada and Quebec. Additionally, we allocate a certain amount to accommodate participants who would not be able to pay the full fee.

Financial independence is essential to our work. We have no big financial backers, nor would we want them. We rely exclusively on the support of our members and supporters, those who want to see the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism.

With this in mind, we encourage you to make an additional donation with your ticket, and to take out a solidarity subscription to our paper.
Subsidies
We do not want finances to be a barrier to attending this event. If you require a subsidy (for example, to cover travel costs from out of town), please contact 780-236-3629.
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