[Marxism] Fwd: Remembering Robert Weil | Economic and Political Weekly

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Apr 18 06:39:13 MDT 2015


(I didn't know Bob Weil well but I knew him. He was a really smart and 
really decent person. This article will give you an idea of how to 
combine an exemplary life out of research and activism.)

Robert Weil, activist-intellectual and author of Red Cat White Cat: 
China and the Contradictions of Market Socialism, who passed away in 
March 2014 and whose memorial meeting was organised by his family, 
friends and long-time comrades on 15 February 2015 at Santa Cruz, 
California, is remembered by intellectuals and activists in the US, 
Canadian, Dutch, Chinese, Indian and Latin American left.

Swapna Banerjee-Guha (sbanerjeeguha at hotmail.com), Senior Fellow, Indian 
Council of the Social Science Research, was formerly with the Mumbai 
University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Robert Weil, author of the powerful critique of Deng Xiaoping’s 
“reforms” entitled Red Cat White Cat: China and the Contradictions of 
Market Socialism (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1996, republished in 
India by Cornerstone Publications, Kharagpur) quietly passed away in 
California on 12 March 2014. Almost a year after, on 15 February 2015 a 
memorial meeting was held in Santa Cruz, California at the Resource 
Center for Nonviolence where his family, friends, teachers and long-time 
comrades from near and far came together to share their memories. Robert 
meant a lot to them and for many others across the globe, a true friend, 
a dear comrade whose political integrity, a rare characteristic in the 
current milieu, they value immensely, a committed activist and 
intellectual whose life they considered worthy on all counts 
particularly while imagining a better world. Starting off as a 
student–activist at Harvard University in the late 1950s, right till his 
last days Robert Weil remained involved in solidarity work with 
oppressed people around the world. Even in the face of indifferent 
health, he did not think twice to join such efforts. His democratic 
values in pursuing left politics will remain an example to many for 
years to come.

full: http://www.epw.in/commentary/remembering-robert-weil.html



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