[Marxism] Left Forum recommendations?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 27 11:57:56 MDT 2014

On 5/27/14 1:32 PM, Glenn Kissack via Marxism wrote:
> I just began looking over the panels for the Left Forum this weekend. I was wondering if any of you had a recommendation or two.
> Thanks,
> Glenn

I am not looking that forward to many of the offerings but will make a 
point of going to this on Saturday morning:

lenin’s revolutionary Strategy for our times: reforms, elections, 
parliaments and the Broader Democratic Struggle 1.87
Susan Kang,........... John Jay College, CUNY, NYC
August Nimtz...........University of Minnesota
Paul Le Blanc..........La Roche College, Pittsburgh
Ty Moore.............. Socialist Alternative

For me there's an interesting question of whether the Bolsheviks ever 
really urged a vote for Cadets. I have heard support for this from a 
number of people, including Mike Ely and Pham Binh each for their own 
reasons. Nimtz has a new book out on Lenin and democracy, a follow-up to 
his first book on Marx and democracy.

The biggest problem with the Left Forum is that a number of the 
workshops will be structured around a group of speakers sharing the same 
outlook, making it kind of boring. You wouldn't expect the International 
Action Center to invite someone like me to speak on Syria, for example. 
So what you end up with is 3 or 4 speakers taking up 90 minutes to 
defend the same POV and then opening it up to Q&A and allowing everybody 
to make their points in 3 minutes or less. In a way it is like listening 
to WBAI--boring! That was what was so great about Samorki Marksman, he 
used to invite former directors of the CIA who respected his erudition 
and professional manner even if they disagreed totally with him.

This is one of the reasons that I prefer to make my points on the 
Internet. There is no time-limit and I get a chance to sharpen my 
arguments with people who disagree totally with me. The Left Forum is a 
valuable resource for the left but it could be much better.

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