Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) at Left Forum

19th Jun 2019

Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) is sponsoring two panels at the upcoming Left Forum conference (https://leftforum.org) in New York City. The panels focus on perspectives for confronting Trumpism and, more broadly, for confronting the resurgence of authoritarianism—both the right-wing and “left-wing” (pro-Stalinist) varieties.


Speakers include Jason Stanley, the author of How Fascism Works; Anne Jaclard, MHI’s organizational secretary; Bill Weinberg of CounterVortex; Andrew Kliman, author of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”; Brendan Cooney of Kapitalism101; Eric Andrian, a London-based anti-war and anti-racist activist, and Adam Plante of MHI.

Both panels will take place during the afternoon of Sunday, June 30. Both will be held in Room H301 of Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus (1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY).

The first panel, “Confronting the Resurgence of Authoritarianism, Right and ‘Left,'” will begin at 12:30 pm. The panelists and their presentations are:

Eric Andrian: “Identifying and Fighting Authoritarianism in the UK: the Case of the Brexit Party”

Anne Jaclard: “Both Times as Tragedy: the Resurgence of Stalinism among Today’s ‘Left’ Youth”

Andrew Kliman: “Obama-Trump Voters: Rebelling Against Neoliberalism, or Embracing Authoritarianism, Racism, and Misogyny?”

Jason Stanley: “Ultra-nationalism in the Service of Finance Capital: Some Comments on Modern-day Fascism”

Bill Weinberg: “The Consensus Position of the American ‘Left’ is Pro-Fascist: What Do We Do About It?”

The second panel, “How Do We Confront Trumpism Now, and Going Forward?: Marxist-Humanist Perspectives,” will begin at 3 pm. The panelists and their presentations are:

Brendan Cooney: “More Green. Less New Deal.”

Anne Jaclard: “Trumpism’s Active and Passive Support by the So-called Left”

Andrew Kliman: “Combatting White Nationalism: Lessons from Marx”

Adam Plante: “To Defend and Transcend Liberal Democracy”