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Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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This panel will discuss a key element of Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s 2018 Perspectives––the position that “fighting white nationalism in the tradition of Marx entails the perspective of solidarizing with the so-called ‘white working class’ by decisively defeating Trumpism and other far-right forces. Their defeat will help liberate the ‘white working class’ from the grip of reaction and thereby spur the independent emancipatory self-development of working people as a whole.”

Panelists will address Marx’s perspective of furthering the “independent movement of the workers,” his writings and activity in support of Irish independence and the defeat of the southern US slave states, and their relation to today’s struggles. They will also address the 2018 Perspectives’ view that Trump’s election was not due to an uprising of the “white working class” against “economic distress” brought about by neoliberalism, but an expression of a long-standing white-nationalist strain of US politics.


Chris Gilligan is a Scottish-based pro-migrant activist. He is the author of "Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-Racism."

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Ravi Bali is a veteran activist of the British Left. He currently works in London with Marxist-Humanist Initiative, having rejected both the vanguardism and the acceptance of capitalism that mark his former comrades. He sees the election of Trump and the growth of racist reaction in Europe as a...

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Brendan Cooney reads Marx and writes about it on the internet.

Andrew Kliman, professor emeritus of economics at Pace University, is the author of “Combatting White Nationalism: Lessons from Marx.” His many writings include two books, Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (Lexington Books, 2007) and The Failure of Capitalist...

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