[Marxism] Left Forum recommendations?

Sheldon Ranz sranz18 at gmail.com
Tue May 27 12:54:03 MDT 2014


I recommend any or all of the panel on Saturday dealing with sex work.


On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> On 5/27/14 1:32 PM, Glenn Kissack via Marxism wrote:
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>> 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.
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>> Thanks,
>> Glenn
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> I am not looking that forward to many of the offerings but will make a
> point of going to this on Saturday morning:
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> 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
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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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