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Session 4: Saturday, June 2nd: 4:00 - 5:50pm
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Tens of millions of Americans and people around the world, including some of “the left,” have regarded Trump and Trumpism as exceptional threats to our well-being that must be resisted tooth-and-nail. But others have argued that anti-Trumpism is a problem, that concerns about Trumpism are a distraction from struggles against neo-liberalism and U.S. state power, and/or that the left should reach out to Trump’s anti-establishment and populist base.

This debate will feature speakers with different positions on these and related questions. Among the issues to be considered is whether or not the positions one opposes are genuinely “of the left.”


Chris Cutrone is Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and original organizer and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society.

Daphne Lawless, who will participate via Skype, is a 15-year veteran of radical politics in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and current co-editor of the Fightback magazine and website She works as a freelance indexer and translator and is...

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Bill Weinberg is an award-winning 25-year veteran journalist in the fields of human rights, indigenous peoples, ecology and war. He is the author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico (Verso Books, 2000), and War on the Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America (Zed...

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Jaclard has spent 50 years as an activist in US social movements and a writer on the movements and on Marxist-Humanist theory. She currently serves as Organizational Secretary of Marxist-Humanist Initiative,

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