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Marxist-Humanist Initiative

IS AN EMANCIPATORY COMMUNISM POSSIBLE?

A talk by Allan Armstrong

Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM
@ TRS, Inc, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor
Manhattan (between Madison & Park Avenues)

Presented by Marxist-Humanist Initiative (http://marxist-humanist-initiative.org) & The New SPACE (http://new-space-nyc.org)

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Mention of the word “Communism” today conjures up visions of tyrants. Young people, even when they clash violently with the representatives of global capitalism in Seattle or London, call their protests “anti-capitalist,” not communist. However, anti-capitalism is not enough. Revolutions can lead to immediate feelings of intense liberation, but they are usually followed by much longer periods of defense, setbacks, and painful reconstruction. The 20th century was the “Century of Revolutions,” but it eventually produced so little for humanity at such a high cost, that it is not surprising that many are very cautious, despite growing barbarism.

Allan Armstrong will argue that it is vital that we outline a genuine new human emancipatory communism, which takes full stock of the failings of both “official” and “dissident Communism,” and which can persuasively show that human liberation can still be achieved. He will explore Marx’s vision, particularly as detailed in his “Critique of the Gotha Program,” which emphasizes the need to break with capitalist production relations rather than expecting a new society to come about through political changes.

Allan Armstrong, a republican, Scottish internationalist, and communist, is currently co-editor of Emancipation & Liberation, the journal of the Republican Communist Network. He is also involved with The Commune, a collective dedicated to outlining a new communism for the 21st century. Armstrong is the author of “Why We Need a New Emancipatory Communism” (http://thecommune.co.uk/2009/06/02/why-we-need-a-new-human-emancipatory-communism) and “The Communist Case for ‘Internationalism from Below'”  (http://thecommune.co.uk/2010/06/06/the-communist-case-for-internationalism-from-below

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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One Comment

  1. I am doing a different kind of economics that creates a change in the way we think of social theory.
    Buying with money is not a private enterprise. It’s not personal, self-interested. It’s not individual.
    This process of trade or buying stuff goes beyond individual concerns. Its a social enterprise.

    My purpose is to show that capitalism itself is thoroughly social, and not something to be reduced
    to individual activity.

    I would like to hear more about this “Gotha Program” document, which I have heard of before, as a document in which Marx (whom I do not like as a human being, because he caused so much suffering by telling workers to revolt and then these revolutions did not work – he should have know for sure before asking persons to do that) said, “maybe we can just pay them off” I.e. not resort to “revolution” at all.


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