Sunday, June 2, 2013

What is Marxist-Humanism Today?


SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013 
4:30-6:30 PM
Peace Center
8124 West Third Street
Los Angeles (near West Hollywood area, parking in rear of building)

Initiating the discussion:
Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker
Melissa S., Chicana feminist
Dyne Suh, progressive legal observer
Kevin Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins”

This meeting will discuss and answer questions about the 2013 “Statement of Principles” of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO) arrived at after a year of discussion.

It begins: “The IMHO aims to develop and project a viable vision of an alternative to capitalism—a new, human society— that can give direction to today’s freedom struggles. The IMHO is based on the unique philosophic contributions that have guided Marxist-Humanism since it was founded in the 1950s by Raya Dunayevskaya. We do so by working out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. An alternative to capitalism means ending production for value, creating a humanist mode of production, establishing a new non-state form of governance, and building freely associated human relations…. We must theorize such an alternative now.”

It also states:  “We opposed imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism in the U.S.'s wars and its militarist outreach to every corner of the globe…. We oppose reactionary forms of anti-imperialism, whether in the form of religious fundamentalism, narrow nationalism, or military-populism.”

Also: “We strive to foster the firmest unity among the forces of revolution and opposition to the established order: Rank-and-file workers; Blacks, Latino/as and other oppressed minorities and indigenous peoples; women; Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender people; and Youth.”

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

Besides the new Statement of Principles, link above, which is the topic of the meeting, other new material on the IMHO site includes a compilation of articles about May Day in LA, Seattle, Denver, and the UK, as well as an article on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. 


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