Building the Socialist Community in a Moment of Transition

Host/Sponsor: 
Monthly Review
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Timeslot: 
Abstract: 
The only sustainable path beyond the system of global capital domination is a fundamental, positive, and truly social alternative. Meszaros's radical insistence on equitable, hence sustainable relations, from the local to international levels, may sound extreme and impractical to some. But Meszaros prefers that social subjects negotiate with each other in qualitatively useful ways, instead of compromising with bean counters. In his extensive writings, he never strays from the hard, simple line: capital is destroying the world, itself and all of humanity. To avoid confronting the fundamental, genetic contradictions in the system is to add fuel to the planetary conflagration. We will invite discussion about how the thought of Meszaros can help us practically as we attempt to create a viable socialist alternative in the U.S. now made more urgent by the fascist threat of Trump and Company. We will focus on key ways Meszaros's work is extraordinarily helpful in efforts to construct a revolutionary alternative to what now exists under capitalism in our own communities. Further we will discuss how concrete steps toward freely associated labor, democratic organization of production and substantive equality can be made integral to the transitional politics of fledgling movements like the one in Greensboro, NC, a Southern city with a long history of struggle for social and economic and racial equality.
Reading List: 
The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Irving
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Kurki
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Beyond Capital Study Group
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
coordinator of discussion groups on socialism
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Chris
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Wood
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Full Stop
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Chris Wood began his career as a local reporter in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He now serves as a media trade journalist and book reviewer for national web publications. He lives in the New York area.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Michael
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Roberto
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Democracy Greensboro
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Michael Joseph Roberto taught contemporary world history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and is the author of a forthcoming book on the genesis of American fascism in the 1920s and 1930s (Monthly Review Press). A longtime resident of Greensboro, NC, he is a member of Citizens for Environmental and Economic Justice, the Renaissance Community Cooperative and Democracy Greensboro.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Irving
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Kurki
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Beyond Capital Study Group
 

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