Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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This panel will discuss a key element of Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s 2018 Perspectives––the position that “fighting white nationalism in the tradition of Marx entails the perspective of solidarizing with the so-called ‘white working class’ by decisively defeating Trumpism and other far-right forces. Their defeat will help liberate the ‘white working class’ from the grip of reaction and thereby spur the independent emancipatory self-development of working people as a whole.” Panelists will address Marx’s perspective of furthering the “independent movement of the workers,” his writings and activity in support of Irish independence and the defeat of the southern US slave states, and their relation to today’s struggles. They will also address the 2018 Perspectives’ view that Trump’s election was not due to an uprising of the “white working class” against “economic distress” brought about by neoliberalism, but an expression of a long-standing white-nationalist strain of US politics.