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Be the Change You Want to See?: A Marxist criticism of prefigurative politics

PREFACE This is the transcript to a talk I gave at the Socialism 2013 Conference in Chicago.  I’m posting this transcript here for those interested–it is similar to, but different from a previous transcript I posted of a local meeting … Continue reading

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Do you hear the people sing?

A Turkish choir singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (also sometimes called “The People’s Song”) from Les Miserables.  I couldn’t help getting choked up when they began to sing in Turkish.

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Socialism 2013

I just wanted to make a quick pitch for this summer’s Socialism 2013 conference taking place June 27 – 30 in Chicago. This year’s conference will feature hundred of workshops, discussions, and debates spanning topics like revolutionary history, to Black … Continue reading

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The role of the revolutionary press

Note: This post is based on the transcript of a talk I gave at a recent branch meeting of the International Socialist Organization in Detroit. In December 1964, Malcolm X gave a speech at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom.  In one of … Continue reading

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People Get Ready

“People get ready, there’s a train comin’ You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’ You don’t need no ticket you just thank the lord” —  It has … Continue reading

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Trotsky on “socialist psychology”

  “Many socialist ideologues (ideologues in the bad sense of the word – those who stand everything on its head) speak of preparing the proletariat for socialism in the sense of its being morally regenerated. The proletariat, and even ‘humanity’ … Continue reading

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Can you change yourself to change the world?: On utopias and “prefigurative” politics.

PREFACE:This blog is based on the transcript of a recent talk I gave at a meeting this week.  I made some minor formatting edits, etc., but it more or less reflects what was said during my talk. Therefore, the structure … Continue reading

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