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Marxism and Anarchism

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The relationship between Marxism and anarchism has a vibrant and storied history. The recent wave of occupations has brought to the surface new questions around organization, re-vitalizing the classic debates over shaping a post-revolutionary society. For some, the present moment has opened the possibility of re-thinking the distinction between communism and anarchy as two contradictory visions of the future. On the other hand, a look at the key debates and theoretical statements of the Occupy movement makes clear that distinct concepts of history and revolution still belong to two opposing outlooks, with diverging implications for revolutionary strategy. In the spirit of exploring the tension and potential between these traditions, we will be offering two presentations on the past and present relationship between Marxism and anarchism. Discussion will follow.


David Adam will briefly reconstruct the debates between Marx and his anarchist interlocutors (Max Stirner, PJ Proudhon, and Mikhail Bakunin) and draw some general conclusions about Marx’s position with regard to anarchist thought.


Pat Cabell will speak about recent and contemporary debates between Marxism and anarchism. These debates will be considered in light of their influence and bearing on the arc of the Occupy movement. Pat has participated in the student struggles against the University of California, has recently blogged for Viewpoint and Lana Turner Journal, and is now a grad student at UC Davis.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 02:00
The Public School Los Angeles, 951 Chung King Road, 90012 more
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