NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
H301
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Session 5: Sunday June 30th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Trumpism and other far-right forces are now powerful and growing worldwide, and Stalinist totalitarianism is being enthusiastically embraced by youth. In this session, panelists will address various aspects of this resurgent authoritarianism, discussing their nature and causes, and what to do in response. The speakers represent a diversity of color and gender. There will be ample time for dialogue among speakers and with the audience. Jason Stanley, Yale University philosopher, will present on themes from his bestselling book How Fascism Works (Random House, 2018). Journalist Bill Weinberg of CounterVortex (https://countervortex.org) will discuss the continuing “red-brown” convergence. Andrew Kliman, a Pace University economist, will present evidence on Obama-Trump voters’ right-wing authoritarianism. Anne Jaclard, Organizational Secretary of Marxist-Humanist Initiative, will discuss the turn to neo-Stalinist (“tankie”) politics among some youth. Eric Andrian, a Black, London-based, activist and writer for With Sober Senses, participating via Skype, will explore what Marxist-Humanism brings to the fight against authoritarianism.

Participants

Anne Jaclard has been an activist in US social movements and a writer on the movements and on Marxist-Humanist theory for decades. She currently serves as Organizational Secretary of Marxist-Humanist Initiative, marxist-humanist-initiative.org

Eric Andrian, a London-based science teacher, has been an activist for more than three decades in anti-war protests and anti-racist campaigns, and in opposition to government budget cuts. He writes frequently in the Marxist-Humanist publication With Sober Senses,...

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Bill Weinberg (CounterVortex, https://countervortex.org) is an award-winning 25-year veteran journalist in the fields of human rights, indigenous peoples, ecology and war. He is the author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico (Verso...

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Jason Stanley, the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, is the author of How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (Random House, 2018), and How Propaganda Works (Princeton University Press, 2015). His other books include Knowledge and Practical Interests (Oxford...

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Andrew Kliman, professor emeritus of economics at Pace University, is the author of “Combatting White Nationalism: Lessons from Marx.” His many writings include two books, Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (Lexington Books, 2007) and The Failure of Capitalist...

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