The Bund, Jewish Nationalism and the National Question

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015

We will look at the rise of the Jewish Labor Bund on one side and Zionism on the other and their respective class relations in response to increasing anti-jewish racism along side the development of capitalism in eastern Europe and the development of its imperial phase globally. We'll look at the debates regarding autonomy, self-determination of nations, cultural/linguistic autonomy, oppressed nations within nations, self-organization, etc. and frame it within the argument that only a principled and relentless struggle against racism and all forms of oppression alone is capable of uniting and building the working-class under the banner of the revolutionary party toward the overthrow of capitalism; that ending racism is “both necessary for the proletarian revolution, and impossible without it.”

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