Open University of the Left goes to the Left Forum 2018

June 1st through June 3rd saw the reconvening of the Left Forum. The event was held as it has been for the last five years at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York in New York City. This event is the largest annual gathering in North America of the U.S. and International Left. The Left Forum was founded in 1981 and was originally called the Socialist Scholars Conference. In brief, the Left Forum brings together intellectuals, academics and activists whose purpose is among other things, to share their perspectives, experiences, strategies and visions.

What follows for your consideration are eight sessions conducted at the conference out of a total of about 270 scheduled events.

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These programs are but a small sample, yet represent a broad perspective of current left political thinking. The thoughts and ideas heard and seen here serve not only as a critique of capitalism but by extension, also serve and  promote radical alternatives to the existing system itself.
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Left Forum 2018, Democracy: Liberal, Radical, Socialist, Socialist Register, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – New York Office John Jay College, CUNY, 6-3-2018, Greg Albo, York University, Alex Demirovic, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin, Nancy Holmstrom, Leo Panitch, York University, Socialist Register
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Left Forum 2018, Negative Economics – its Pedigree and History, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2018, New York City, NY., Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends, UMKC, The Real News Network, Michael Hudson, Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends, UMKC, The Real News Network, Michael Perelman, California State University, Paul Sliker
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Left Forum 2018, Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-3-2018, New York City, NY. Paul Street, Truthdig, Chris Hedges, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report
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Left Forum 2018, Money Matters! Why Monetary Theory and Policy Is a Critical Terrain For the Left, The Democracy Collaborative, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-3-2018, New York City, NY. Stephanie Kelton, Sanders Institute, Stony Brook Univ., Gar Alperovitz, The Democracy Collaborative, Michael Hudson, Pavlina Tcherneva, Bard College, Levy Economic Institute, Raul Carrillo, Modern Monetary Network, New Economic Project
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Left Forum 2018, The Marxist “Transformation Problem” in the 21st Century: Why Does It Matter? Science & Society, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2018, New York City, NY. David Laibman, Science & Society, Fred Moseley
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Left Forum 2018, Russiagate: Muzzling the Black Left and the March to War
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Left Forum 2018, The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now- Confronting the Prison State and the Limits of “Black Exceptionalism” John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2018, New York City, NY, Cedric Johnson, University of Illinois – Chicago, Nancy Holmstrom, Rutgers University, Jay Arena, College of Staten Island – CUNY
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Left Forum 2018, W.E. B DuBois: What His Life and Work Can Teach Us Today. Left Forum, Democracy at Work, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-1-2018, New York City, NY, Richard Wolff, New School, Democracy at Work, Left Forum, Chris Hedges, Tim Schermerhorn, Democracy at Work, Labor Notes, Black Workers Rank and File Network

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Now up on YouTube, Kevin Ovenden “The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left’s Response.”

Now up on YouTube, Kevin Ovenden, “The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left’s Response.”

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Kevin Ovenden: The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left’s Responses

2:30 pm, Saturday, May 12
Logan Square Branch of the Chicago Public Library
3030 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago
Free parking; wheelchair accessible
Near the “Logan Square” stop on the Blue line & the #74 Fullerton bus Sponsored by Open University of the Left (note to OUL regulars, this is not our standard location)

Recent years have seen the growth of neo-fascist movements in parts of Europe on a scale not seen since the Great depression.

Large demonstrations of neo-fascists have become common, with predictable results: those who are not members of the “master race” – Roma, Muslims, immigrants, gays, Jews and others – are subject to violence, and open discrimination against them is acceptable.

As many face few economic opportunities, mainstream parties have moved ever rightwards, openly embracing anti-immigrant and other racism, and even forming coalitions with explicitly fascist parties. Virulently far right parties now have firm locks on the governments of Poland, Hungary and Austria, and have bent judiciaries and the media to further marginalize the left.

Come to a special Open University of the Left presentation by writer and activist Kevin Ovenden, who for three decades has been a campaigner over various progressive issues, including anti-war, Palestine solidarity, LGBT+ rights, and efforts to develop the coordination of the movements against racism and the far right. He has helped lead six convoys to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and was aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship when it was attacked in May 2010 by Israeli forces, resulting in the deaths of 10 passengers.

He writes frequently for progressive publications in Britain and Europe, with a regular column in the Morning Star newspaper. Many of his articles can be found at his blog:
kevinovenden.wordpress.com

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Now Up on YouTube, Stansfield Smith, “Bolivarian Venezuela: Subjected to a continual US disinformation campaign while caught in an economic crisis and US sanctions.”

 

The YouTube video of Saturday, March 24, 2018 is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Stansfield Smith presents: “Bolivarian Venezuela: Subjected to a continual US disinformation campaign while caught in an economic crisis and US sanctions”

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Join Open University of the Left on Saturday March 24, at 2:30 pm at the Logan Square Branch of the Chicago Library 3030 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, free parking, wheelchair accessible (Bus route: 74 Fullerton, Blue Line Logan Square)

Stansfield Smith presents: “Bolivarian Venezuela: Subjected to a continual US disinformation campaign while caught in an economic crisis and US sanctions”

Bolivarian Venezuela has been an inspiration for much of the struggling people’s of the world. Now it is suffering under US economic sanctions, military threats and an internal opposition known for violence. In the US, there is a constant stream of disinformation on Venezuela coming from the corporate media. Venezuela has been damaged by opposition economic sabotage and the Maduro government has not demonstrated the capacity to deal with the worsening economic crisis that has seriously affected the average Venezuelan’s standard of living. Still, the Chavista government has shown the political skills in combating all the US-OAS-Opposition efforts to overthrow this government.

Currently, the US who has been attacking Russia for allegedly interfering in US elections has itself been working overtime to delegitimize and disrupt the Venezuelan presidential elections upcoming on May 20th. Despite these problems, Nicolas Maduro is expected to be re-elected. Moreover, the communal movement and the revolutionary Chavista base remains active and ready too defend their gains against the opposition and the meddling US interference. This movement is the real target of the US. The continuing existence of this radical movement is the key to the survival of Latin America’s progressive changes in this century.

Stan Smith was active for over a decade in the Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5. His work is now on ChicagoALBASolidarity.wordpress.com. He has written on Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs and on North Korea for Counterpunch and others.

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Now on You Tube, Vincent Emanuele: Red State Rebellion in the Age of Trump

Now Up on YouTube, Vincent Emanuele, “Red State Rebellion in the Age of Trump”

The YouTube video of Saturday, February 24, 2018 is now

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Vincent Emanuele presents: “Red State Rebellion in the Age of Trump”

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday February 24 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, (at Racine), free parking, wheelchair accessible, (Red Line: Fullerton)

Vince Emanuele presents: “Red State Rebellion in the Age of Trump”

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn into office. Immediately following, millions of people took to the streets across the U.S. Since then, millions more have joined progressive organizations, including many people in so-called “Red States.”

What do these struggles look like in a state such as Indiana? What’s working? What’s not working? How can we build a more progressive Great Lakes Region? How can ordinary folks in the Midwest connect with progressive organizations and movements across the U.S. and globe?

Open University of the Left welcomes back community organizer and writer Vince Emanuele for a discussion on these topics. Vince is the co-founder of P.A.R.C. (Political Art Roots Culture), a non-consumerist space for activists, artists and community members. He is a member of the National Writers Union and Veterans for Peace.

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Now Up on YouTube, Dr. Paul Street

Now Up on YouTube, Dr. Paul Street, “Trumped? How the United States Became a Banana Republic.”

The YouTube video of Saturday, December 16, 2017, is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. Paul Street presents: “Trumped? How the United States Became a “Banana Republic.”

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday December 16 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago (at Racine), free parking, wheelchair accessible, (Red Line: Fullerton)

Dr. Paul Street presents: “Trumped? How the United States Became a “Banana Republic.”

Open University of the Left welcomes back Dr. Paul Street who will discuss the radical disconnect between majority progressive public opinion and government policy in the United States today. While much of “the left” focuses obsessively on the obvious evil and madness of Donald Trump, Paul will argue that Trump is the symptom of an authoritarian capitalist system whose richly bipartisan “trumping” of the populace is a longstanding problem. Street will discuss the inner un- and anti-democratic, oligarchic workings of a political system that is falsely sold as an unmatched model of popular self rule.

Along the way, Paul will review the most significant developments of the horrific Trump presidency and examine the failure of “the left” to mount an effective “resistance.” He will also point to some hopeful signs and suggest lessons for progressive and democratic resurgence going forward.

Currently, Paul is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois. He is a regular political commentator who has been seen in numerous radio and television interviews. He has authored seven books to date and his essays, articles, reviews and commentaries have appeared in a wide variety of media venues.

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