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The Worst of Left Forum 2010 (Marxists vs. Anarchists)
Houston Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | Politics in the Zeros

Posted on 03/25/2010 12:48:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise

I spent the past weekend filming and tabling at Left Forum in NYC. It was one of the largest Left Forum’s ever with over 700 speakers and a wide range of panels...

The first talk I attended was “Proudhonism and other false alternatives to capitalism,” held by the Marxist-humanist initiative. As an anarchist what could be more interesting than watching a panel of marxists continue the 160 year assault on Joseph Proudhon, the father of anarchism.

...the speakers simply read papers to us. Five speakers each took turns boring the audience with their papers, and because of time considerations large portions of their papers were skipped over leaving their polemics rather incoherent.

The first speaker did a grand job of arranging a litany of ad hominen attacks against Proudhon, quoting him out of context and using every stupid thing Proudhon had ever said or written to conjure up the most negative image of Proudhon possible: Joseph Proudhon was the father of fascism!

...At the Q&A portion of the talk, I said, “I sat here and listened to you butcher and skewer Proudhon, and I can’t help but wonder if you approached any anarchists to maybe balance things out?” “No,” I was told. One member told me how three years ago he had met with a hostile crowd at an anarchist bookfair, which sounded eerily famiar to the arguments you hear from many racists: I had a bad experience with members of group X, so all members of that group are bad. He went on to tell me that he’d debate any anarchist anywhere, anytime. Nice to know, but not exactly what I was looking for...

In light of everything we are up against as people fighting for social justice, it’s absurd to perpetuate these false divisions....

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: anarchy; communismkills; josephproudhon; karlmarx; leftforum; marx; marxism; pravdamedia; socialjustice
Resident anarchist blogging for the Houston Chronicle. And the dinosaur media wonder why their circulation figures are circling the toilet.
1 posted on 03/25/2010 12:48:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise
I spent the past weekend filming and tabling ...
Tabling? Is that like "chairing" but you sit on a table?
2 posted on 03/25/2010 12:52:28 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: a fool in paradise

Marxists=Far Left Anarchists=Far Right


3 posted on 03/25/2010 12:54:50 PM PDT by ebshumidors (Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: a fool in paradise

Most self described Anacharists I know voted Obama.

I don’t get it either...


4 posted on 03/25/2010 12:59:32 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: a fool in paradise

Interest post. Let them sit and argue with each other over trivial things. That way they will not focus on evil plans to undo capitalism — Obama certainly does not need additional help.


5 posted on 03/25/2010 12:59:54 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: a fool in paradise

The most ironic thing is that Mao or Lenin would have had all these people killed immediately upon taking power.


6 posted on 03/25/2010 1:31:47 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded, my brains fell out.)
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