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Dr. Lauren Langman at Open University of the Left

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Dr. Lauren Langman presents: God, Guns, Gold and Glory

Ever since De Toqueville, the first observer of American character, traveled across early America, the nations exceptional nature was evident. A ragtag group of religiously devout Puritans voyaged to a faraway place to freely practice their religion. However, a number of factors came together between their Protestant religion, natural resources, and their relative isolation from the political conflicts of Europe such that within a few generations the colonies became relatively affluent. When we look at American character we can observe four distinctive qualities, the persistence of religion, the value of guns and male toughness, the fervent pursuit of wealth and riches, and the belief that America is an exceptional nation. These qualities led the colonies to found a nation that would become the most prosperous and powerful nation in the history of the world. Today, these same qualities undermine it’s wealth and degrade it’s power. This decline has set the stage for the ascent of Donald Trump. Nevertheless, given the consequences of it’s economic stagnation if not decline, The country is riven with a growing inequality. However, a liberalization of it’s social values as well as a new social character has been emerging that portends the possibility of a socialist economy with democratic governance and American’s living in potential harmony with each other in nature.

Lauren Langman is a professor of sociology at Loyola University. He is concerned with the relationship between culture and character. That is the relationships of identity and political attitudes, practices, and values. His latest book is the basis of the current presentation.

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Now Up on YouTube, Dr. Kim Scipes

Now Up on YouTube, Dr. Kim Scipes, Climate Change: Understanding and then Going “Outside the Box” for a Solution

The YouTube video of Saturday, March 18, 2017 is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. Kim Scipes presents: Climate Change: Understanding and then Going “Outside the Box” for a Solution

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Dr. Kim Scipes presents:
Climate Change: Understanding and then Going “Outside the Box” for a Solution
Climate change is a real thing, caused by human beings. Humans have thrown more carbon dioxide and related chemicals into the atmosphere than at any time in the last 800,000 years. Dr. Scipes asserts that failure to significantly reduce these “greenhouse gas” will result in the beginning of extinction of humans, animals and many plants by the year 2100. He will discuss this and related issues, and will propose a plan for addressing these problems that goes far beyond any developed program to date.

Open University of the Left welcomes back Kim Scipes former Chair of the National Writers Union, UAW local #1981 and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University Northwest in Westville, Indiana. Kim is a long-time labor and social justice activist. He has been teaching an upper-division academic course on “The Environment and Social Justice” for over 10 years.

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Now Up On YouTube, Video: Dr. Paul Street “The Resistance: Why Trump Triumphed and What We Can and Now Must Do”

The YouTube video of Saturday, December 17, 2016, Dr. Paul Street “The Resistance: Why Trump Triumphed and What We Can and Now Must Do”, is now available for viewing below, and also on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. Paul Street presents: “The Resistance: Why Trump Triumphed and What We Can and Now Must Do”

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Dr. Paul Street presents: “The Resistance: Why Trump Triumphed and What We Can and Now Must Do”

Paul Street will examine the sources of Donald Trump’s remarkable victory in the U.S. presidential election, the dangers posed by Trump/Trumpism, the resistance that is now required, and the special role of the Left in leading that resistance.

Street is the former Vice President for Research and Planning and Director of Research at the Chicago Urban League (from 2000 through 2005), where he published numerous grant-funded studies. Additionally, he has taught various aspects of U.S. History at a large number of Chicago-area colleges and universities.

Currently, he is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois. Street is a regular political commentator at teleSur English and has been seen in more than 70 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 such as Counterpunch, Truthdig, Black Agenda Report, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, and Fox News to name only a few.

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Now Up On YouTube, Dr. Peter Hudis, Frantz Fanon On Race, Recognition, and Revolution Reconsidered

Now Up On YouTube, Dr. Peter Hudis, Frantz Fanon On Race, Recognition, and Revolution Reconsidered.

The YouTube video of Saturday, November 19, 2016 is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. Peter Hudis presents: “Frantz Fanon on Race, Recognition, and Revolution Reconsidered”

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Dr. Peter Hudis presents: “Frantz Fanon on Race, Recognition, and Revolution Reconsidered”

Open University of the Left welcomes back Dr. Peter Hudis. Today’s struggles against police abuse, racial injustice, and social inequality have produced a rebirth of interest in Frantz Fanon (1926-1961) the Caribbean-born philosopher, psychiatrist, and activist who became a leading theoretician of the African revolutions against colonialism and capitalism. Peter Hudis, author of “Frantz Fanon, Philosopher of the Barricades” (Pluto Press, 2015) will speak on the contemporary importance of his ideas.

Peter Hudis is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Oakton Community College and author of numerous works on Hegelian philosophy, Marxian theory, and Critical Race Studies. He is also author of “Marx’s concept of the Alternative to Capitalism” and is General Editor of “The Complete Works of Rosa Luxembourg.” He is a member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization.

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Now Up on YouTube: Dr. Mel Rothenberg

The YouTube video of Saturday, October15, 2016, “Contemporary Capitalism and Why We Need Marxism,” is now available on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. Melvin Rothenberg: “Contemporary Capitalism and Why We Need Marxism.”

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Dr. Melvin Rothenberg will present the paper: “Contemporary Capitalism and Why We Need Marxism.”

Dr. Rothenberg along with Dr. Bruce Parry authored this paper in which they argue that a Marxist materialist analysis, whose basics they sketch, remains fundamental in understanding the political, social and economic character of our current international capitalist order. They assert that, specifically, any political movement that aims to radically transform this order in the direction of socialism must have a strategy based on Marxism. They argue for this position by doing a wide ranging analysis of current imperialism and its particular contemporary character, emphasizing, as Marx would, the fundamental technological developments that have altered the relations of production over the past fifty years and the critical impact this has had on the lives of working people both in the imperialist centers and in their neo-colonies.
For a free copy of this paper, send an email to: ContemporaryCapitalism@gmail.com

Dr. Melvin Rothenberg is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics from the University of Chicago. He is an author of books and articles on economics and political topics of interest to the left. He has been a political activist for 60 years. Dr. Bruce Parry is a retired Economics Professor from the University of Baltimore and writes on Marxist political economy. He has been a political activist for 40 years. Both are members of the Chicago Political Economy Group (CPEG).

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