Socialism or Barbarism? (and Existential Despair)
Wed, June 17 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM$6 – $15
THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE IN MAY OR JUNE. The June 17 Date Is A Temporary Date SUBJECT TO CHANGE
A MARXIST EDUCATION PROJECT Roundtable with
Mitch Abidor, Arielle Angel, Michael Pelias and Chris Wright
Early on in The Junius Pamphlet Rosa Luxemburg cites Engels: “Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism.” Recently, the Socialist Project from Toronto posted Chris Wright’s essay “Capitalism, Socialism and Existential Despair.”
Chris sites the founding document of SDS, the Port Huron Statement, which lamented the corruption and degradation of such values as creativity and community: “Loneliness, estrangement, isolation describe the vast distance between man and man today. These dominant tendencies cannot be overcome by better personnel management, nor by improved gadgets, but only when a love of man overcomes the idolatrous worship of things by man.” Here we are 60 years later with capital threatening survival at numerous tipping points, some not imagined when SDS was formed.
The four panelists will address the existential moment we are all navigating in the face of the multiple crises facing us in the light of Chris’ essay. Following presentations from the four panelists, the audience is invited to enlarge the discussion with their own questions and comments.
MITCH ABIDOR is a translator and historian. His latest book is Down With the Law, an anthology of French individualist anarchist writings and is currently preparing a history of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917.
ARIELLE ANGEL is the editor of Jewish Currents.
MICHAEL PELIAS teaches Philosophy and film studies at Long Island University-Brooklyn. He is a founder of the Institute for the Radical Imagination and is the co-managing editor of Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. Michael has presented critical studies on The Age of Anxiety and Heidegger’s Being and Time.
CHRIS WRIGHT has a Ph.D. in US history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of Worker Cooperatives and Revolution. His site is wrightswriting.com..