[Marxism] Fwd: Tony Wood on Russia | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Mon Apr 24 10:41:52 MDT 2017
This weekend I went to the Historical Materialism conference in NY held
at NYU that is basically an academic conference with presentations by
graduate students and professors. Unlike the Left Forum that meets in
early June, you won’t find any 9/11 Truther or Assadist panel
discussions. That’s the upside. The downside is that you are likely to
hear someone read a jargon-filled paper on their brand-new
interpretation of Gramsci’s theory of hegemony for 15 to 20 minutes
until your eyelids feel like they have been tied to anvils.
I went to hear Lars Lih and Eric Blanc defend Stalin and Kamenev as
closer to Lenin on theorizing the Bolshevik revolution than Trotsky but
was far more interested in hearing what Todd Chretien had to say in
response. Todd was very good but far too civil. I would have thrown a
pie in Lih’s face myself.
I only wish I had been able to hear George Ciccariello-Maher speak at a
“Roundtable on Training Political Cadre: Historical Lessons and Currents
[sic] Methods”. His insights on turning over garbage bins as a currents
methods to stop fascism must have really wowed all the sociology students.
Instead of running down every panel discussion I attended, I want to
touch on a couple of high points in this post and a follow-up tomorrow.
The first today will recap Tony Wood’s presentation on Putin’s Russia
that was included in a panel titled “Critical Geopolitics Today” and the
one tomorrow will be about how CUNY adjuncts are pressing for their
demands in the Professional Staff Congress (PSC).
I am not sure about Wood’s background but right now he is working on a
PhD in Latin American History at NYU, which might explain how he ended
up speaking at the conference. Wood is best known as a Russia specialist
and has been around for a while. Since he would likely be close to 50
after getting a PhD in Latin American History and qualified at that
point for getting a position as an adjunct like the people I will be
talking about tomorrow, I am not sure why he is bothering. But good luck
to him anyhow since he is fucking brilliant.
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