Panels on Anarchism at the Left Forum

The Left Forum (formerly the Socialist Scholars Conference) will be held on March 18, 19, & 20. It will be at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, Manhattan, opposite City Hall Park. It costs to enter, but they have a sliding scale and they say that no one is turned away for being unemployed, etc.

ANARCHIST PANELS:

  • The Crisis, the Fightback, and Solidarity, from Anarchist and Marxist Perspectives
  • What's unique about anarchist solidarity?
  • Anarchism and Its Aspirations: Discussing Social Anarchism in the Current Moment

The Crisis, the Fightback, and Solidarity, from Anarchist and Marxist Perspectives
M. Panel Session 6-Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. * 32 W523

  • William Bachman--Northeastern Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC)
  • Cindy Gorn--Unity and Struggle
  • Shemon Salam--Unity & Struggle
  • Wayne Price--NEFAC

From anarchist-communist and libertarian-autonomist Marxist perspectives we will analyze the current crisis of capitalism and to consider alternate strategies for popular struggle, such as mass strikes, electoral and non-electoral action, etc.

What's unique about anarchist solidarity?
L. Panel Session 5-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. * 33 E318

  • Can Baskent-Author, grant recipient from the Insititute for Anarchist Studies
  • Maia Ramnath-Institute for Anarchist Studies
  • Matthew Houston-NYC Catholic Worker

The complex discourse and tradition conveniently (but perhaps confusingly) summed up in the word anarchism is unique in the elements it brings together. While seemingly disparate according to some logics, it's also possible to see these elements as a coherent synthesis when looked at with another set of assumptions and commitments. In this panel, we will discuss what distinguishes anarchism from the socialist left AND from the libertarian right. We will briefly present some examples of anarchist forms of solidarity discussing real cases and then bring up some theoretical issues: - Is it possible to have solidarity with other right wing, religious, oppressive anti-governmental groups just because they are anti-governmental? - Anarchism is sometimes assumed to represent individualism in the sense of selfishness or unaccountability. How do we dissolve this misapprehension and misinterpretation? - With whom are we in solidarity, and on what basis? Who “deserves” our solidarity?

Anarchism and Its Aspirations: Discussing Social Anarchism in the Current Moment
E. Panel Session 2-Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. * 36 W504

  • Chris Dixon-Institute for Anarchist Studies
  • Cindy Milstein-Institute for Anarchist Studies, Renewing the Anarchist Tradition
  • Irina Ceric-York University
  • Jamie McCallum-The Graduate Center, CUNY

Cindy Milstein's recent book Anarchism and Its Aspirations (AK Press, 2010) has rejuvenated important conversations about the practices, politics, and visions of anarchism. Using the book as a starting point, this panel will bring together Milstein with other anti-authoritarian thinkers and activists to discuss the current possibilities and challenges for social anarchism in North America.