Come to MHI’s Panels at Left Forum 2018, June 2 & 3, NYC

See the videos of the three MHI panels here. (Editor’s note, added July 2, 2018.)

by MHI

Left Forum, the largest “left” conference in the U.S., will be held June 1-3 at John Jay College, 899 10th Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, NYC. MHI is sponsoring three panels this year—two on Saturday, June 2, and one on Sunday, June 3. We hope you’ll be there to join our discussions.

The title of this year’s Left Forum is “Towards a New Strategy for the Left,” but MHI neither centers its tasks on strategies nor directs “the left” what to do. Rather, we think the real left is not those who designate themselves to strategize and lead, but rather is the massive Resistance to Trumpism and other grass-roots movements around the world. Our perspective is to engage with mass movements continuously in developing both practice and theory.

Please also visit our Exhibit table on the Mezzanine. We’ll have our new pamphlet—Resisting Trumpist Reaction (and Left Accommodation)—and other MHI and Marxist-Humanist writings for sale. (Note: Don’t confuse us with other organizations there claiming to be Marxist-Humanist.)

The MHI-sponsored panels, with their speakers and papers, are:

Combatting White Nationalism: Lessons from Marx

Sat. June 2, 12 noon to 1:50 p.m. –room 1.89 (Session 2, Race forum)

  • Brendan Cooney: White Nationalism, a Pre-Existing Condition
  • Chris Gilligan: Open Borders: the Internationalist Challenge to White Nationalism
  • Ravi Bali: How can Marxist theory inform and learn from anti-racist struggles?
  • Andrew Kliman: Comments on the Discussion by the Author

Has “the Left” Accommodated Trump (and Putin)? A Debate

Sat. June 2, 4:00 to 4:50 pm –room 1.77 (Session 4, Politics forum)

  • Bill Weinberg: Syria and Betrayal within the Anti-War Movement
  • Chris Cutrone: Why I Wish Hillary had Won: Distractions of Anti-Trump-ism
  • Daphne Lawless: The Red-Brown Zombie Plague
  • Anne Jaclard: Left-Firstism Isn’t Left. It Threatens the Movements for Self-Emancipation.
  • Brendan Cooney: Strange Bedfellows: when “Leftists” become Apologists for Trumpism

Can Marx’s humanist philosophy of emancipation assist the Resistance and other battles against Trumpism? If so, how?

Sun. June 3, 2:00 to 3:50 pm—room 1.129 (Session 7, Politics forum)

  • Andrew Kliman: Permanent Resistance to Trumpism and Marx’s Philosophy of “Revolution in Permanence”
  • Michael Dola: Some Philosophic Dimensions of the New Women’s and Youth Movements
  • Ravi Bali: The Imaginative Leap–Considering all Matters from the Vantage Point of a Future Free Society
  • Anne Jaclard: Working Out a Direction from Principles, Particularly Support for the Resistance’s Own Self-Development


Please note: MHI will sponsor a free public meeting the following Wed., June 6, at 6:00 p.m., also in Manhattan, New York City. Ravi Bali and Andrew Kliman will give presentations of “Assisting the Self-Development of #TheResistance to Trumpism & to Authoritarianism in Europe,” after which there will be open discussion.


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