Is Another World Really Possible?

A Collaborative Reading and Writing Project
Convened with Richard Greeman
12 Weeks, September 24 through December 10
Stated admissions are for the entire course. Single admission are $10. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

New York participants should join us at New Perspectives Theatre (458 W. 37th St) at 10:45 am on Sunday, 9/24 (tomorrow). The theater is accessible from the 34th St/Hudson Yards stop on the #7 train, or from Penn Station. Coffee, tea and cakes will be available.

If you plan to watch online, the URL is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7eHTpHxoTc

Prepare by reading Richard Greeman’s Then and Now at
http://futurehistorians.org/doku.php?id=then_and_now

and/or by watching Immanuel Wallerstein’s “Utopistics” lecture at

2017 taught us all that “No is not enough.” We need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. So let’s imagine we are future historians living in a peaceful, egalitarian, democratic society on a damaged, but stabilized, planet in the year 2117. Our project is to look backward a century to the year 2017 (the centenary of the unforeseen 1917 Soviet revolution) and reconstruct how our great-grandparents got us from here — today’s capitalist death-spiral to there — a livable, sustainable, global society free of oppression and exploitation. We will meet weekly, in-person at our New York studio and via teleconference with participants across several time zones (including philosopher Peter Hudis in Chicago and ecosocialist Michel Löwy in Paris) with the goal of collectively creating a popular future fiction of a realistically plausible better world – a vision that might go viral and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

World-wide participants as of September 1: MAELLA DOQUIN, Paris, activist since 1968 • ALEXEI GUSEV, Moscow, Historian of Russian Oppositions, Chair of Praxis Center for Research and Eduction • JULIA GUSEVA, Moscow, translator of Victor Serge, anarcho-syndicalist, co-founder of Praxis Center • HARRY HALPIN, Paris, Internet revolutionary and activist, team member World Wide Web Consortium, author: Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web • JASON HICKS, NYC transit worker, union activist, DSA member, philosopher • PETER HUDIS, Chicago, Marxist-humanist philosopher and activist. Author: Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, Franz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades • GEORGE KATSIFIACAS, Athens/Seoul, revolutionary historian (‘the Eros Effect”) and lifelong activist. Author: Asia’s Unknown Uprisings • MAATI MONJIB, Rabat Morocco. Historian of Africa and press freedom activist, currently facing 5 years in prison on trumped-up treason charges • WAYNE PRICE, NYC, libertarian socialist writer and activist (theanarchistlibrary.org) • ANNA REBRIL, Ukraine/NYC, student and activist • GERARDO RENIQUE, Cuernavaca, Mexico/NYC, prof of Latin American Studies at CCNY and longtime activist • DAVID SCHWARTZMAN, Washington, D.C., geo-chemo-biologist, Green Party activist, author: Solar Communism, Life, Temperature, and the Earth • BRIAN TOKAR, Vermont, Institute of Social Ecology, activist, teacher in the movement, author: Toward Climate Justice • RAOUL VICTOR, Paris, veteran Marxist writer and activist • VICTOR WALLIS, Boston, Ecosocialist, activist, editor, Socialism and Democracy

Co-sponsored by The Marxist Education Project and Victor Serge Foundation

Richard Greeman, longtime internationalist, is best known for his studies and translations of novelist and revolutionary Victor Serge (1890-1947).

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Creating an Ecological Society

A reading group
Five more Tuesdays

We will read and discuss the just-published book by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation. Sickened by the contamination of water, air, and the Earth itself, more and more people are coming to realize that it is capitalism that is, quite literally, killing us – and indeed, degrading the Earth’s very ability to support all forms of life. The authors identify the root causes of the global environmental crisis in capitalism’s imperative to make profits at all costs and expand without end. They lay out a program for building a society that is genuinely democratic, equitable, and ecologically sustainable.

Fred Murphy has co-led several MEP study groups on Marxism, science, nature, and ecosocialism. He studied and taught historical sociology at the New School for Social Research.

Steve Knight has participated in and co-led MEP study groups on ecosocialism since 2015. His review of Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History and the Crisis of Capitalism appeared last year in the journal Marx & Philosophy.

No one turned away for inability to pay. Stated fees are sliding scale.

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Fascism: Then and Now

Fascism Then and Now: A Community Roundtable

Friends of the MEP and the Left community at large are invited to discuss the meaning and signficance of fascism and how to recognize it and struggle against it in world politics today. We hope to debate questions such as: What is the nature of fascism in relation to nationalism/racism, misogyny, social/community dissolution? Is or is not the Trump phenomenon an example or at least a precursor of fascism in the USA? Are there important political movements in other countries that could be called fascist? Is the social psychology of fascism the same today as it was in the 20th century? Are theAre there other forms of authoritarian capitalism that are not fascism, and why might it matter? Current facilitators are Peter Bratsis, Michael Pelias, Dan Karan, Alex Steinberg, David Worley (moderator).

Others are welcome to join as facilitators; each facilitator will offer a three minute (no longer) opening statement, after which the floor will be open for general discussion.

The image is from a deck of anti-fascist playing cards created during the Siege of Leningrad in 1943

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