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Andrew Kliman

Andrew Kliman

THE POLITICS OF INEQUALITY DISCOURSE

DISCUSSION

23rd June 2014

19.00 in EDT

500 8th Avenue Room 403, New York, NY 10018

 

The economy remains very sluggish, five years after the official end of the Great Recession. Leading economists warn about the prospect of long-term stagnation. Mass unemployment has led to stagnant wages and income and to rising poverty, and more than 5 million homes have been lost to foreclosure. Yet in much liberal and left discourse, these problems are increasingly ignored, crowded out by concern over inequality. Why is this happening?

This meeting will explore the politics behind the inequality rage. In his opening talk, Andrew Kliman will suggest that this phenomenon is rooted in acceptance of the permanence of capitalism, and in a failure to listen to the renewed aspirations for a different future that opinion polls and grassroots struggles have brought to light. He will also ask why so many liberals and leftists resist accepting facts that challenge their preconceptions about the extent and causes of increasing inequality, and suggest that lack of concern for truth is a main factor.

Donation requested, but no one will be turned away for inequality of funds.

Andrew Kliman is the author of The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession (Pluto Books, 2012) and Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (Lexington Books, 2007).

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

WHAT IS MARXIST-HUMANISM TODAY?

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013 

4:30-6:30 PM

REMINDER

Peace Center

8124 West Third Street

Los Angeles (near West Hollywood area, parking in rear of building)

 

Initiating the discussion:

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

Melissa S., Chicana feminist

Dyne Suh, progressive legal observer

Kevin Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins”

 

This meeting will discuss and answer questions about the 2013 “Statement of Principles” of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO)  http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/about arrived at after a year of discussion.

It begins: “The IMHO aims to develop and project a viable vision of an alternative to capitalism—a new, human society— that can give direction to today’s freedom struggles. The IMHO is based on the unique philosophic contributions that have guided Marxist-Humanism since it was founded in the 1950s by Raya Dunayevskaya. We do so by working out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. An alternative to capitalism means ending production for value, creating a humanist mode of production, establishing a new non-state form of governance, and building freely associated human relations…. We must theorize such an alternative now.”

It also states:  “We opposed imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism in the U.S.’s wars and its militarist outreach to every corner of the globe…. We oppose reactionary forms of anti-imperialism, whether in the form of religious fundamentalism, narrow nationalism, or military-populism.”

Also: “We strive to foster the firmest unity among the forces of revolution and opposition to the established order: Rank-and-file workers; Blacks, Latino/as and other oppressed minorities and indigenous peoples; women; Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender people; and Youth.”

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Besides the new Statement of Principles, link above, which is the topic of the meeting, other new material on the IMHO site includes a compilation of articles about May Day in LA, Seattle, Denver, and the UK, as well as an article on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. 

 

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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1839

1839

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST (December 2012)

See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

***FEATURED ARTICLES:

U.S. Voters Repudiate Far Right, But Still Face Austerity Capitalism under Obama — by Kevin Anderson

Helen Macfarlane – The Radical Feminist Admired by Karl Marx — by Louise Yeoman (audio and print, originally from BBC radio)

Marxism and Religion: A Complete and Annotated Bibliography –- by Roland Boer

The On-Going Relevance of Marxist-Humanism –- by Sandra Rein

**** OTHER ARTICLES

Review of Peter Hudis, Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism –- by Dan Swain (originally published in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books)

***OTHER LANGUAGES

[Spanish] Los votantes estadounidenses repudian la extrema derecha, pero aún se enfrentan al capitalismo de austeridad bajo Obama — Kevin Anderson

[Croatian] Od globaln krize do prevladavanja kapitala –- Peter Hudis

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis

Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers, hardcover 2012, paperback 2013

[This is one of the best books I have read in the last 20 years. It is of paramount importance for the struggles ahead and humanity’s quest for release from the value-form of labour and our break-out into realms of freedomGlenn Rikowski. For more on this book see:  https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/marxs-concept-of-the-alternative-to-capitalism-by-peter-hudis/]

Peter Hudis

Peter Hudis

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown

Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers, hardcover 2012, paperback 2013

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books, paperback 2012

1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION – By David Black and Chris Ford, Unkant Publishers, paperback 2012

[This is an exciting and well-crafted account of Chartism at its glorious peak. I have used the book and the related video it in my teaching. For more on here see: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/promotional-film-for-1839-the-chartist-insurrection-by-david-black-and-chris-ford/ and https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/1839-the-chartist-insurrection/Glenn Rikowski]

The International Marxist-Humanist is the web publication of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO). The IMHO aims to develop and project a viable vision of a truly new, human society that can give direction to today’s many liberation struggles, whether of labor, women, youth, or racial/ethnic and sexual minorities. It seeks to work out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. We ground our ideas in the totality of Marx’s Marxism and Raya Dunayevskaya’s body of ideas and upon the unique philosophic contributions that have guided Marxist-Humanism since its founding in the 1950s.

Contact: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Also contact the above address or more information about our publication or our organization, or to learn about events in your geographical area (if available).

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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1839

ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM: THEORETICAL, PRACTICAL, VISIONARY

From the U.S. Marxist Humanists 

Alternatives to Capitalism: Theoretical, Practical, Visionary

Join us for a discussion on the ongoing work of developing a philosophically grounded alternative to capitalism. It is clear that existing society has little to offer except years and even decades of austerity, reduced living standards, increasing social anxiety, and the continued enrichment of an oligarchic elite. The time has come to create new visions of an alternative that is inherent in the present and in the legacy of Karl Marx. 

Friday, July 13th 6:30pm

Corboy Law Center, Loyola University Chicago

25 East Pearson, Room 211

(1 block E of State, 1 block N of Chicago)

Chair:

Lauren Langman, Sociology, Loyola University

Speakers:

“Resistance versus Emancipation: from Foucault to Marx”

 — Kevin Anderson (USA), author of ‘Marx at the Margins:  On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies’

“The Ongoing Relevance of Marxist-Humanism”

— Sandra Rein (Canada), author of ‘Reading Dunayevskaya: Engaging the Emergence of Marxist-Humanism’

Transcending the Opposition Between the Real and the Ideal

— Marilyn Nissim-Sabat (USA), author of ‘Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking Toward a New Humanity’

“A Critique of the Situationist Dialectic in the Age of Occupy”

— David Black (Britain), author of ‘1839? The Chartist Insurrection’

“From the Economic Crisis to the Transcendence of Capital”

— Peter Hudis (USA), author of ‘Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism’

Sponsored by Loyola University, Department of Sociology

Co-Sponsored by U.S. Marxist-Humanists, http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org, an affiliate of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

Email: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/alternatives-to-capitalism-theoretical-practical-visionary-13-july-chicago

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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Raya Dunayevskaya

RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA: BIOGRAPHY OF AN IDEA

Marxist-Humanist Initiative is hosting a screening and discussion of a new documentary on the ideas of Raya Dunayevskaya this Thursday night in NYC. Details are below. 

Film and Discussion:– THURSDAY JUNE 28, 6:30 TO 9:00 P.M.

“RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA: BIOGRAPHY OF AN IDEA”: http://i45.tinypic.com/54d1rs.jpg

Marxist-Humanist Initiative will screen and discuss a new documentary film about the ideas of the philosopher, activist, and feminist who developed Marxist-Humanism over much of the last century.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of her death. The film’s title and content follow from Dunayevskaya’s declaration that her biography ‘is the biography of an idea’. 

Dunayevskaya was the author of Marxism and Freedom, from 1776 to Today; Philosophy and Revolution, from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao; Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution; American Civilization on Trial, Black Masses as Vanguard, and many other works. The film emphasizes how contemporary her ideas remain today. 

The film-maker will be present for the discussion by Skype.
 
At TRS Inc. Professional Suite, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th floor (bet. Madison and Park Aves.), Manhattan

Contribution requested but not required. 

For more information, visit MHI’s website, www.marxist-humanist-initiative. org

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

 

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

KARL MARX AND THE PRESENT MOMENT

Karl Marx and the Present Moment: Beyond ‘Resistance’ and Toward Human Emancipation

A talk and discussion: with Kevin B Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

2 p.m. Saturday 14 April 2012 at The Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London, WC1 (5 minutes from Kings Cross Tube)

MEETING SPONSORED BY THE HOBGOBLIN ONLINE

The Arab revolutions and the Occupy movement have placed both revolution and anti-capitalism at the forefront of global social consciousness. While many are again evoking Marx, the legacy of decades of postmodernism and postmodernized postcolonial thought has left us, at best, with a politics of resistance rather than one of full human emancipation. This talk will explore Marx’s thought in light of this legacy. It will be argued that his multidimensional dialectical vision encompassed both ‘totalities’ like capitalism and the specificities of nation, ethnicity, gender, and anti-colonial resistance. Moreover, his philosophical dialectic, rooted in Hegel, theorized precisely this type of ‘concrete totality.’ And finally, his critique of capital was accompanied by an always implicit — and sometimes explicit — vision of a radically humanist future beyond the exploitative, alienating, and reified world of the capital relation.

Kevin Anderson’s most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution; Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (with Janet Afary, 2005), Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (2010), and The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory (coedited with Russell Rockwell, 2012). He is also the author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism: A Critical Study (1995) and the coeditor (with Peter Hudis) of The Rosa Luxemburg Reader(2004).

The Hobgoblin: http://www.thehobgoblin.co.uk/

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Kevin B. Anderson

Kevin B. Anderson

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Raya Dunayevskaya

DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM: MARX’S WRITINGS ON EXISTING CAPITALISM – PART 2
Saturday, April 2, 2011
1:00-3:00 PM
Community Room A, Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles

(Westside Pavilion is at Pico & Westwood Boulevards; Community Room A is on east side of the mall, third floor, behind food court; free parking in mall lot)

Speakers:
Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins
Dale Parsons, labor activist

Why have automated and computerized forms of labor, which at one time were heralded as leading to a dramatic shortening of the working day, led – in addition to persistent unemployment, even in non-recessionary times — to an increase in the amount of time that so many who do have jobs spend at work? To what extent do machinery and technology hinder or assist the effort to transcend the alienation that characterizes much of present-day society? To what extent does the development of the productive forces under capitalism create a basis for a new society free of alienation and overwork? We will explore Marx’s discussion of these issues – and that by the Marxist-Humanist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya — in the section on machinery of the Grundrisse, his most important critique of political economy in the years before he finished Capital.

Suggested readings:
Karl Marx, Grundrisse,” pp. 699-712
Raya Dunayevskaya, “The Automaton,” Philosophy and Revolution, pp. 68-76

Marx’s Grundrisse is now online: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1857/grundrisse/index.htm

Sponsored by US Marxist-Humanists on the West Coast
More information: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org and http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

Future Meetings (same time and location):

May 14: PART 3: on Marx’s discussion of free and associated labor in the section on commodity fetishism in Capital.

June 11, PART 4: on Marx’s discussion of from each according to their abilities and each according to their needs – and the steps to get there – in Critique of the Gotha Program.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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Raya Dunayevskaya

MARXIST-HUMANIST INITIATIVE AT THE LEFT FORUM

March 4, 2011

Dear Friends of MHI

It’s great to see revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, and workers’ resistance to attacks on unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the U.S. and in Europe. We can’t think of a better time to invite you to our coming discussions in New York City. Those of you who can’t get here will be able to view videos on our website afterwards (http://marxist-humanist-initiative.org).

Sat. & Sun. March 19 & 20, we are sponsoring 3 panels at the Left Forum at Pace University in lower Manhattan (http://www.leftforum.org/conference/2011):

The Great Recession and its Aftermath: Saturday at 3:00 p.m., Room LHN
Andrew Kliman: “The Great Recession and the Persistent Frailty of Capitalist Production”
Alan Freeman: “Waking from the Dream: Europe in the Great Recession”

Fred Moseley
David McNally: “Global Slump, Age of Austerity, and the Growing Resistance”

Is Socialism Possible? Part 1: Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Room W623
Andrej Grubaèiæ:  “Anarchism, or Libertarian Socialism for the 21st Century”
Anne Jaclard: “Yes, If a New Mode of Production Lays the Ground”
Antti Ronkainen: “Socialization of the Banking System”
Alex Steinberg: “Socialism and the Role of Consciousness”

Is Socialism Possible? Part 2: Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Room W504
Michael Albert:”Yes, But Which Socialism?”
Andrew Kliman: “Marx’s Lower Phase of Communism: Not Another ‘Labor Money’ Scheme”
Cindy Milstein
We will also have a book table in the Exhibitors area (be sure not to confuse MHI’s table and panels with those of other groups calling themselves Marxist-Humanists).

Just after Left Forum, on Tuesday March 22 at 7:00 p.m., we are co-sponsoring (with The New SPACE, http://new-space-nyc.org) a talk by Antti Ronkainen, who is coming here from Finland. His topic will be Crisis, Austerity, and Resistance in the Euro Zone: A View from Finland.  A description appears at the end of this blog.

Next month, on Wednesday April 13 at 7:00 p.m., we are co-sponsoring Allan Armstrong, a Scottish thinker-activist, speaking on “Is an Emancipatory Communism Possible?” See below.

Both these talks will be held in mid-Manhattan, at TRS Inc., Professional Suites, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th floor (between Madison and Park Aves).  If you need directions to either Left Forum or TRS, or for any other information about our events, write or call us.

We look forward to seeing you!
In Solidarity,
Anne Jaclard for Marxist-Humanist Initiative
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Crisis, Austerity, and Resistance in the Euro Zone: A View from Finland
A talk by Antti Ronkainen

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM
TRS Inc, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor
(between Madison & Park Avenues)

In the spring and summer of 2010, crisis gripped Europe, highlighting the continued instability of the capitalist system across the globe. Financial meltdown was averted only by means of a massive bailout package, totaling as much as ?750 billion, and the European Central Bank’s move to begin purchasing sovereign debt of the weaker Euro zone countries to prevent a breakup of the zone. Will the patch hold?

Antti Ronkainen will give special attention to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), established last summer to help safeguard financial stability in the Euro zone. He will argue that the EFSF is not designed to solve the Euro crisis, but rather allows the European Central Bank to engage in potentially risky lending and provides a mechanism for redistributing income from taxpayers to banks. Ronkainen will also discuss the European workers and students’ demonstrations and strikes against new austerity programs, especially the current situation in Finland. Will the resistance succeed in saving the unions and government benefits?

Antti Ronkainen is a student of social sciences in Finland. He is an editor of and writer for Megafoni, a Finnish autonomist web journal (http://megafoni.org).

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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
(between Madison & Park Avenues)

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).

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Raya Dunayevskaya

WITH SOBER SENSES – MARXIST-HUMANIST PAPERS

November 24, 2010

Dear Friend

Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) is pleased to announce the creation of new pages in our website publication, With Sober Senses, that are dedicated to following-up on the conference “Economic Crisis and Left Responses,” held November 6 in New York City.

We convened the conference in order to further discussion, if not resolve, some of the conflicting theories coming from the Left concerning the underlying reasons for and consequences of the recent crisis and Great Recession. Although the 150 people at the conference didn’t agree on either the theoretical underpinnings or what practice should flow from them, we believe the conference took a giant step forward in the direction of working out theory and practice. That is because many of the speakers and audience members actively engaged with each others’ issues; they did not merely put forth their positions and leave them un-debated, nor did most people rush to prescribe “practice” without indicating the theory underlying their practice.

We wish to continue to facilitate wide-ranging dialogue on the conference topics, not only so that all views can be heard but, above all, so that we can test different ideas in debate and work out answers to the questions we are up against at this moment. We believe this is the only way for the Left to become relevant in the face of increasing assaults, in the name of “austerity,” against workers, women, African Americans, Latinos, youth, and GLBTs in the U.S., and similar struggles abroad.

You will find a report of the conference at http://tinyurl.com/2vyw8z7

It contains a link to:

* Videos of the entire conference,

* Many of the conference papers in written form,

* The program, abstracts and draft papers posted before the conference,

* The proposal we made at the conference to form a Network for the Circulation of Theoretical Struggles, and

* A place to add your comments on the conference and its aftermath.

We hope you will contribute to the discussion by submitting a comment and by taking part in the formation of the Network for the Circulation of Theoretical Struggles—sign up at “Contact Us.”

We also invite you to take a look at the rest of our website, and to tell us through the “Contact Us” page that you want to stay in touch with MHI (no more than two e-mails a month).

In solidarity
Anne Jaclard for MHI

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Economic Crisis

THE ECONOMIC CRISIS AND LEFT RESPONSES

A CONFERENCE CONVENED BY MARXIST-HUMANIST INITIATIVE

Saturday Nov. 6, 2010 – 9 am to 6 pm
Pace University in lower Manhattan, New York City
One Pace Plaza, Multipurpose Room

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
Brendan Cooney, Walter Daum, Barry Finger, David Harvey, Mac Intosh, Anne Jaclard, Andrew Kliman, Paul Mattick, Jr., Fred Moseley, and Richard Wolff

Chances of a double-dip recession in the U.S. are increasing–if the first recession ever ended. The threat of government-debt defaults in Europe also indicates that the economic crisis of 2007-08 continues to have consequences. The U.S. government’s efforts to prevent another Great Depression have left it saddled with a serious debt problem that could impede efforts to stabilize the economy for a long time to come. The future is especially uncertain, and “the new normal” may prove to be very difficult, economically and politically.

For the Left to be prepared for what may happen and prepared to respond effectively, activity and organization will not be enough. We also need the organization of thought–and that is why we have convened this conference. In order to work out a viable response, one that doesn’t merely react to and support the least-bad proposals offered by policymakers and mainstream thinkers, we need a clear and deep understanding of what has gone wrong with capitalism, and of the limits and pitfalls of proposed reforms. And we cannot take for granted that more progressive policies would in fact bring capitalism out of the crisis and restore jobs, economic growth, and stability. Wide-ranging dialogue on these topics is needed, not only so that all views can be heard but, above all, so that we can test different ideas in debate and work out answers to the questions we face.

SPONSORS:

Pace University’s Center for Community Action & Research and Economics Department (Pace-Pleasantville campus), the Committee for a Conference on the Economic Crisis, Marxist-Humanist Initiative, League for the Revolutionary Party, Internationalist Perspective, and The New SPACE.

PRE-REGISTRATION:
Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. To register,
please go to the Crisis Conference page of MHI’s website

http://www.marxisthumanistinitiative.org/news/116-conference-on-the-economic-crisis-left-responses.html

The registration fee is $20; $10 for students and low income individuals. The conference is free for Pace University students, faculty, and staff with valid ID. Registrants must check in by 9:15 a.m. The conference will start promptly at 9:30 am in the Multipurpose Room at 1 Pace Plaza.

DIRECTIONS TO THE CONFERENCE
http://web.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=16157

CONFERENCE WEBSITE
http://econcrisisconference.wordpress.com

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Andew Kliman

WHAT MUST BE CHANGED IN ORDER TO TRANSCEND CAPITALISM?

Joint Forum organized by The Commune and Marxist-Humanist Initiative

Speakers:

Andrew Kliman is author of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A refutation of the myth of inconsistency. 

Anne Jaclard is National Secretary of Marxist-Humanist Initiative and a long-time activist and writer in support of women’s movements and international solidarity movements. 

How exactly must the economic forces and social relations that dominate our lives today be changed so as to establish a real and sustainable alternative?

Kliman and Jaclard will argue that Marx was not only a theorist of capitalism, but a theorist of a new society, and that the time has come to develop his theory, instead of repeating abstractions about an imagined future.  They will employ Marx’s theory of a future communist society in order to analyze what features of present-day society are specific to capitalism and what must therefore be uprooted and transcended in order to lay the foundation for a world that no longer operates for the sake of producing “value.”

Monday 5th July, 7:00

At the Workers Educational Association,

96-100 Clifton St, London EC2

Five minutes from Old Street or Liverpool Street tube

www.thecommune.co.uk and www.marxist-humanist-initiative.org

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Andrew Kiliman

ANDREW KLIMAN ON CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE CAPITALIST CRISIS

July 8th London Forum

Andrew Kliman speaks on the Capitalist Crisis

Andrew Kliman, author of ‘Reclaiming Marx’s Capital’, will be giving a talk in London on Wednesday 8th on ’causes and implications of the capitalist crisis’. The meeting takes place from 8pm at the Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road, near King’s Cross.

See: http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/july-8th-london-forum-kliman-speaks-on-the-capitalist-crisis/

Kliman, a member of the USA’s Marxist-Humanist Initiative, has argued that we have to see the current crisis as part of a wider structural crisis of capital, and moreover has argued that statist and Keynesian solutions to the crisis are a dead end for the working class. See our October interview with him here.

The meeting is being jointly hosted by The Commune and The Hobgoblin group.

Plenty of time for discussion

All welcome

Email uncaptiveminds@gmail.com for more information

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