The ISO is part of a long Marxist tradition that insists on understanding the way the world operates in order to change it. We cannot simply analyze the horrors that global capitalism unleashes every day, nor should we confine ourselves strictly to protest. Instead, we must do both. As Marx noted, “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.”
The need for organization
In order to be effective, we must be organized. Our branch meetings weekly to assess political events, plan our activities and to deepen our knowledge of history and Marxism. We table in the community or on the UVM campus, using our newspaper Socialist Worker as a way to engage a wider audience and popularize socialist ideas. Of course, we are part of many progressive struggles and strikes in Vermont and help build a more radical, bottom-up labor movement. All members participate in these activities.
The ISO is self-funded in order to maintain our political independence. Like trade unions, we collect monthly dues from all members and encourage donations from supporters. Dues are set on a sliding scale, depending on income, with $20 being the minimum payment per month.
Are you interested in knowing more about the ISO or joining? Check out a weekly meeting or reach out for more info.
For a more thorough examination of what the ISO means by revolutionary socialism from below, please check out our Where We Stand pamphlet.
Meetings are most Thursdays at 7:00pm in Lafayette Hall, room 210 on the UVM campus in Burlington.