At the ##marxism channel, on the Freenode IRC network, we’re holding debates on some of the burning questions for Marxists. A few days ago, we held a surprisingly interesting debate on the class nature of the USSR.
The format of the debate is that typical of debating competitions, and the purpose is not so much to solve these problems definiteively–which would be rather unrealistic–but to have an excuse to study, clarify our own ideas, confront them with those of others, and hopefully learn in the process. Of course, the rhetorical skills employed in debating are worth training in their own right for anyone who wants to participate in politics, at least on the public-facing end of things.
We’re holding a debate on the role of the party on Saturday, 23rd of June, at 1800 hours UTC. Though it would be an atypical time, if you’re curious what we’re like, you could join us for it. I’m sure it will be interesting.