Marxism

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The city of Jackson is the capitol and the progressive stronghold within the reactionary and deeply racist state of Mississippi. Join organizers and cooperative developers from Cooperation Jackson as they highlight how they are engaging in struggle for Black self-determination with aims to transform their city and broader state using tools of worker-self-management, democratic-people/community centered decision making processes, in developing a solidarity economy that will serve as an social, cultural and economic basis for achieving a liberated zone/ an eco-socialist territory within this settler-colonial project, the so-called United States.

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“No is not enough.” To save the planet from impending catastrophe, people need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. In other words, a credible picture of a possible Ecotopia and plausible account of how to get from here to there. But is “Another World” REALLY possible?

To answer that question, we “Future Historians” have decided to perform a thought experiment. Our premise: if there is even once chance in a hundred for a better world – we ought to be able at least to imagine it. So we place ourselves in the position of Future Historians living in the year 2118 on a damaged, but stabilized, planet. Our project is to look backward a century and reconstruct HOW our great-grandparents got us from THEN - today’s capitalist death-spiral - to NOW - a sustainable, egalitarian global society free of war, oppression and exploitation.

Future Historians is an international study group of scholar/activists from Moscow to California meeting bi-monthly via conference call and publishing our findings on a wiki at futurehistorians.org

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2018 marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, than whom, as even his ideological opponent Isaiah Berlin had to admit, “no thinker in the nineteenth century has had so direct, deliberate, and powerful an influence upon mankind.” This panel seeks to bring together intellectuals of all sorts, whether academics or activists, who are committed to exploring Marx’s legacy in this post-Marxist age, those who, once more, seek somehow to bring that legacy to bear upon the world. Specifically, the panel seeks to address what is legacy of Marx’s life as a revolutionary intellectual, that is the legacy of the political writings and activities he contributed to the socialist workers’ movement.

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Like a generator in a hurricane, the Working Group on Globalization and Culture offers a collective presentation on “generation” to assess its theoretical purchase for a cultural studies laboring in a moment of widespread emergency. Generation is a keyword in understanding social conflicts over competing visions of the future: struggles over seeds and soil, and investments and inheritance. Insurgent movements are often viewed through the lens of new generations, and histories of migrant communities structured through generational concepts. In this panel, we reconsider the power of generational change and its meaning for inter-generational justice, while reflecting on the history of the generation and regeneration of life, power and energy. The Working Group on Globalization and Culture http://wggc.yale.edu/ is an interdisciplinary cultural studies laboratory that has been practicing collective research at Yale University since 2003. Recent projects have been published as “Going into Debt,” online on Social Text’s Periscope, and as “Spaces and Times of Occupation” in Transforming Anthropology; a collective interview regarding “Matters of Life and Death” recently appeared in French Review of American Studies.

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As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, it is important to highlight not only his critique of capital, class, and exploitation, but also his wide-ranging discussions of gender, of non-European and First Peoples, of national and ethnic oppression and resistance, and of capitalism and the environment. This panel will reveal Marx as a far more multidimensional thinker than is usually supposed by both supporters and critics.

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The purpose of the panel is to systematize Karl Marx's most relevant ideas for the 21st century and to show how classic and modern Marxist methodology can ve used for the analysis and solvation of the major problems of the 21st century. Among them: 1) Capitalism is coming back: desocialization and rebirth of the class conflicts of the capital and labour. Marxist alternative. 2) Marx’s analysis of market and money and modern market of simulacra. 3) Deepening conflicts: 21st century and rebirth of dialectical method. 4) Marx’s theory of disalienation and problems of development of a strategy for social liberation.

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Minutes before Donald Trump's oath of office and a few blocks away, over 230 people were mass-arrested during an anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march. A 36-hour detention was followed by two long indictments, amounting to eight felony charges. The prosecution's aim was to create a story of conspiracy, where those wearing black, carrying medic supplies, or using any form of face protection were guilty by association of any property destruction.

One group of six went to trial in November of 2017, and were acquitted. The trial itself revealed a great deal about legal and police approaches to undesirable protest. 59 more defendants will go to trial throughout this year, and still face decades in prison.

We talk with three former defendants and one supporter who has written extensively about the case and its connection to a broader history of repressive policing, legal statutes, and public discourse. We will also discuss the new era of popular #resistance, in which many are quick to condemn property destruction, barricades, and identity concealment.

The J20 case has been the canary in the coal mine of Trump's presidency: anarchists and anti-capitalists are a testing ground for the criminalization of protest and anti-state expression. There has already been an up-tick in felony charges for water protectors, radical queer activists, and Black Lives Matter protesters. We welcome conversation on this topic and ways to make links and solidarity between defendants across cases.

The J20 trials are a in-depth course in how right-wing elements flex their strength through the police and Justice Department. They have also been a test of the strength of radical movements, who have risen to face legal and personal costs amidst a two year courtroom battle. For more info, visit defendj20resistance.org.

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BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL & INTERNATIONALIST OPPOSITION TO IMPERIALISM, THE INTERACTION BETWEEN ORGANIZING FOR SOCIALISM AND ORGANIZING AGAINST WAR. THESIS FOR DISCUSSION: What direction(s) should internationalists take in the coming period of class struggle in the US? Should we focus on building a new internationalist socialist leadership? Should we focus on overcoming the crisis of leadership in US anti-war opposition? Can these tasks be combined? If so, how? What is the relationship between this crisis and the current mass organising context(s) against the Trump regime? What are the organizing priorities? What is to be done?

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THE RED-BROWN ALLIANCE, FAKE NEWS AND GENOCIDE DENIAL, MORAL AND POLITICAL COMPROMISES ON THE LEFT: "Anti imperialism" without any class content and without true internationalism (international working class solidarity) is the political basis for the red brown alliance, the political compromise of sections of the US left with reactionary, fascist forces.

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THE HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL ISSUES: Two arguments are offered by leftists against support for the Syrian revolution: 1) that revolutionaries should only focus on their own imperialist masters; and 2) that the Assad regime, and other regimes (Venezuela, Iran... ) are "anti-imperialist". Are these arguments consistent with the tradition of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, and what are the implications of these arguments for efforts to build international working class solidarity in the US?"? What implications do different answers to these questions on the self-identified "Left" domestically and internationally, have for the standing of socialism in the world today?