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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Left Forum 2018, Russiagate: Muzzling the Black Left and the March to War
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
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
All prior video programs are viewable on our YouTube page
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