NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
H303
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Session 6: Sunday June 30th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Recent years have provided no shortage of opportunities to become outraged at the powers that dominate our world. From spiraling social inequalities within and between countries, to the rise of white nationalist xenophobia and open misogyny in the Trump White House (magnified by the rise of social media), the basis for popular rage and Left organizing is widespread. The ruling order is rapidly losing legitimacy in many places. And yet, existing Left organizations often struggle and fall short of seizing the opportunities that our times present, caught up in their own contradictions, routinized habits, and knee-jerk reactions. While there has certainly been substantial growth in some Left groups (particularly those riding the Bernie Sanders wave), others falter, remain marginalized, mired by sectarian in-fighting, or have split apart suddenly and altogether--leaving members and onlookers in shock. What is going on? Why does it so often seem that Left organizations are prone to self-destructive tendencies? What ideas, attitudes, and methods currently in practice seem to be holding back the potential of our radical movement? Our panel will seek to draw from history and from personal experience, sharing reflections on practice that might contribute to building sustainable radical culture and organization. While examining some of the problematic aspects of Left organizing and discourse, this panel will also explore how we might shed oppressive habits of thought and practice that have been inherited from the dominant society, as we work to create a world of true justice, solidarity, equality, and human flourishing. A. Shahid Stover, "Bad Faith, Leftist Defeatism and the Imperial Mainstream" Linda A. Liu, "Victim Cultures and the Left" David Keil, "Problems on the Left: the need for due process and non-violent language"

Participants

Ariane Fischer is Associate Professor of Instruction at Temple University. She is also editor for Left Voice.

David Keil is a teacher & unionist who has belonged to the Socialist Workers Party, DSA, and the Socialist Party. An antiwar activist since 1967, he currently belongs to the Boston Socialist Unity Project, Boston May Day Coalition, Green Rainbow Party, United National Antiwar Coalition,...

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Linda A. Liu teaches Sociology and Cinema Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is active in UMass Boston's Faculty Staff Union (FSU/MTA) and the Caucus for a Democratic Union (CDU). Her writings on film, precarity, race, and gender have been published in Camera Obscura and...

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A. Shahid Stover is an avant-garde African-American writer/philosopher and editor-in-chief of The Brotherwise Dispatch, a quarterly journal of radical theory, social critiques and emancipatory aesthetics. Stover is the author of Being and Insurrection (2019) and Hip Hop Intellectual Resistance...

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Joseph G. Ramsey is writer, activist and organizer, based in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He teaches English and American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Staff Union (FSU/MTA), a member of the Caucus for a...

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