Audio: Combatting White Nationalism: Lessons from Marx

by Andrew Kliman

I have just written a full-length essay, “Combatting White Nationalism: Lessons from Marx,” on how to deal with the threat of Trumpism and similar manifestations of white nationalism. If you’d like to read the complete text, please click here.

On September 24, I gave a presentation, based on an abbreviated version of the essay, to an international meeting of Marxist-Humanist Initiative. Members, supporters, and invited guests from the US, England, Scotland, and Sweden attended by Skype. If you’d like to listen to the audio recording of my presentation, please click here.

The following is the abstract of the essay: Read More

Lain Rejects, then Accepts, then Reneges on Terms of MHI’s Podcast Invitation

Last week, after an attack on Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) instigated by Marxist entertainer Doug Lain, the organization invited him to be interviewed on a podcast to discuss his differences with MHI and his behavior. In response, Lain rejected the invitation, then accepted it, and then attempted retroactively to change the terms of the agreement.

In an April 4 Facebook post, Lain accused MHI of “acting inconsistently.” He provided no evidence or argument. He merely leveled the charge and invited his entourage to speculate about the cause of the alleged inconsistency.

None of the entourage asked Lain to back up his allegation with evidence or argument. They either took it or faith or embrace the “post-truth” ethos for which facts don’t matter. Instead, they called members and supporters of MHI “assholes” and “marginal personalities,” alleged that we are “mentally caged by orthodoxy” and not “smart,” and compared us to flies attracted to “shit.” C Derick Varn, Lain’s sidekick, proclaimed—again, without providing any evidence or argument—that we “are as guilty as those they critique of the things they critique.”

Lain did not invite us to respond to this attack. He even failed to inform us that it had taken place.  Read More

MHI Invites Doug Lain to Discuss Disagreements

Yesterday, Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) invited Doug Lain to discuss his disagreements with MHI’s implacable opposition to Trump and Trumpism. Lain is publisher of Zero Books, and a science-fiction writer and podcaster. In the past, he has characterized himself as a Marxist-Humanist. Read More

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