MHI issued the following invitation to anarchists to debate on April 17 by distributing it at the Anarchist Book Fair in New York City and sending it to the IWW. To date, we have received no response; we hope someone will agree. (We note that, historically, the IWW had many “socialist” as well as “anarchist” members.)
Marxist-Humanist Initiative hereby invites the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and any other anarchist or anarchist group, to a debate on Proudhon’s and modern Proudhonist alternatives to capitalism. We are ready and willing to engage in such a debate at any reasonable time and place. Theoretical development of a viable alternative to capitalism is a crucial need, in order to revitalize and help orient struggles for a new society, and a debate on this topic can help further the process of theoretical development.
During a panel we organized at the recent Left Forum conference in New York, “False Alternatives to Capitalism: Proudhonism and Its Progeny,” a supporter of the IWW asked whether any anarchist had been invited to speak on the panel. As we noted at the time, our prior efforts to have anarchists engage with us on this issue were not successful, so we didn’t try yet again. Since, however, the question from the IWW supporter suggests that representatives of the IWW and/or other anarchists may now be willing to engage with us on this issue, we are once again extending an invitation to debate us, at any reasonable time and place.
Executive Committee of Marxist-Humanist Initiative