Marxist-Humanist Panels at 2019 Left Forum Conference in NYC

by MHI

Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) is sponsoring two panels at the upcoming Left Forum conference 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).


MHI at “NYC #ImpeachTrump Now” protest, June 15, 2019 in Manhattan

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”

MHI intends to issue video recordings of the proceedings in the days following the conference and to link to them in the pages of With Sober Senses.

For additional information about the panels, please contact MHI.

The panelists’ biographies are:

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 With Sober Senses.

Brendan Cooney reads Marx and writes about it on the internet.

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.

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 Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession (Pluto Books, 2012). He works politically with Marxist-Humanist Initiative and writes frequently for With Sober Senses.

Adam Plante, a New York City area education activist, works politically with Marxist-Humanist Initiative.

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 University Press, 2005), winner of the 2007 American Philosophical Association book prize.

Bill Weinberg (CounterVortex, 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 Books, 2000), and War on the Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America (Zed Books, 1991). He publishes daily and weekly news reports from around the world.


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