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Howard Zinn


“It was smart, it was funny, and it was the perfect thing for the times in which we live.” —Michael Moore 

Coming to Chicago for two shows only:

Howard Zinn’s ‘Marx in SoHo‘ 

Marx is back! In this witty and insightful “play on history,” Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho inNew York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.

Howard Zinn, best known for his book, ‘A People’s History of the United States’, introduces us to Marx’s wife, Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters.

Brian Jones, an African American actor and activist, has been performing this engaging one-man show across the country since 1999.

Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows how Marx’s ideas are relevant in today’s world.

Saturday, June 25th @ 7pm

Experimental Station

6100 S. Blackstone Ave

in Hyde Park

Get tickets

Sunday, June 26th @ 1pm

Lifeline Theatre

6912 N. Glenwood Ave

in Rogers Park

Get tickets

$20 adults / $10 students (Suggested minimum donation)

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Sponsored by Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Organization – Chicago

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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One Comment

  1. Marx was the advocate of the point of view, “all deserves to perish.” This is not a blanket condemnation of his distaste for the meager and even miserable conditions of the working poor in industrializing Germany. But an analysis of Marx’s works show them to be a critique of political economy, and not a guide to establishing in this world a functional system of political economy. His analysis is undergirded by faith; and as The Dark Ages teach, faith and politics are a deadly and volatile combination. When followers implemented his ideology as a basis of regimes in the twentieth century, chaos and bloodshed ensued. This is not necessarily an indictment of Marx, but shows the lack of clarity, and applicability to implementation in the real world. There is no deterministic movement of history that moves us forward, there can be retreats, lapses, and depressions. Some are so dissatisfied they are willing to bet all, along with their lives of their fellow citizens, that a system can be erected without the flaws so characteristic of humanity writ large. Others are more hedged, and believe we should not trade the good for the perfect; or in another reading, the good for the imperfect. In any event, Marx certainly would condemn how his ideology was politically twisted in the twentieth century; but this does not exculpate his flawed ideology.

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