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NYC Marxism Conference: Socialism or Barbarism

November 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Over the past 10 months of the Trump administration, we’ve seen a barrage of right-wing atrocities and social suffering–from the far-right carnival of hate in Charlottesville, to the unnatural disasters of Harvey and Irma, to Trump’s nuclear saber-rattling with North Korea, to the Trump administration ending DACA protections.

At the root of the crimes and outrages of this era are the priorities of a capitalist system controlled by a small elite of the wealthiest and most powerful people.

There are struggles for change in many different corners of society, each with their own histories and dynamics. But waging them most effectively requires an understanding of how they are connected and dependent on each other–and how, together, they can contribute to a broader struggle to change the rules of the game for good.

We need to build a left-wing resistance that doesn’t let the right go unopposed. We need to protest the reactionaries wherever they appear, and not go along with the liberal advice to ignore them and they will go away–because they won’t. We need to claim the right of free speech for ourselves to make our opposition heard.

But we need something else as well: a left that puts forward a political alternative to the right’s scapegoating and hate. This is the case for joining the struggle for socialism today. The disasters of capitalism are as numerous and obvious as they have ever been–and so is the need to do something now to achieve a socialist future.

The NYC Marxism Conference will draw together hundreds of socialists and activists from NYC and the broader mid-Atlantic region for almost 20 workshops on Marxist theory, history and practice – and discussions about how to use those politics to build an urgently needed socialist movement today.

Sessions include:
*Morbid Symptoms: How Do We Fight the Rise of the Right?
*100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution
*The Socialist Movement and the Rise of Fascism in the 1930’s
*What is Social Democracy?
*Marxism, Class and Oppression
*Reform or Revolution: How Do We End Capitalism and Win Socialism?
*What Kind of Party Do We Need?
*Socialists and Movements
*Rust Belt Reactionaries? The US Working Class Today
*Dividing Both to Conquer Each: Racism and Capitalism
*Gender, Sexuality and Socialism
*Two Souls of Socialism: The Fight for Socialism from Below
*With Friends Like These…The Democrats and Social Movements
*Marxism and the State
*Why Anti-Imperialism Still Matters
*No Bans, No Walls: Trump, Immigration and Economic Nationalism
*Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

*Radical book room
*Intro to the ISO Pizza Dinner
*Evening Plenary: Fight the Right, Build the Left: The Fight for Socialism


November 11, 2017
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Columbia University, Hamilton Hall
1130 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY United States