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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 Ecological Crisis is an Economic Crisis; the Economic Crisis is an Ecological Crisis

by Wayne Price

How Capitalism has created an Ecological, Energy, and Economic Crisis

The post-WWII boom was based on cheap oil. But oil is nonrenewable, polluting, and causes global warming. It was "cheap" because the capitalists did not pay to prepare for the day when it would be harder to access oil. We have reached that day, which is one aspect of the worldwide crisis of the return to the epoch of capitalist decay.

Mass Movement or Alternative Economy: Dealing with the Economic Crisis

by Buckles

Building democratic mass movements in our workplaces and communities should be the strategy for combating the capitalist economic crisis and advancing revolutionary struggle. An alternative economic sector does not have the capacity to win short-term reforms or fundamentally transform society.

The Economic Crisis and Anarchist Ways Forward

Wayne Price and Eric Larsen at the New York Anarchist Bookfair, 4/11/2009

15,000 Strong Demonstration in Montréal Against the Budget

a report from Union Communiste Libertaire (UCL)

Against privatization and price increases: ONLY THE STRUGGLE PAYS!

On April 1st 2010, some 15,000 people descended on the business district in Montreal at the call of more than 95 unions, popular, feminist and student groups. Is this the first stage of a response against the Liberal budget? Only time will tell. In any case, it was a nice demonstration--a popular grand procession, very diverse and militant (at least in discourse).

We now know that the budget tabled on March 30th by Minister Bachand introduced a host of measures, each more regressive than the one before. The introduction of new fees for healthcare or the rapid growth of sales tax (QST) are examples. The rich will fare quite well, as usual. Nothing in this budget calls into question their privilege and their little schemes to stash their money in tax-free havens. Again, we are required to sacrifice for them. Enough!

Wall Street Gets Bailed Out, Philly Gets Thrown Out

By Sean West (Philly NEFAC)

Despite news of a massive economic crisis sounding throughout the nation, we in Philly seemingly got a break from the bad news in the later weeks of October into November. We partied. The Phil’s won the World Series, resulting in wild, rowdy festivities up and down Broad Street (and a wee bit of rioting). Halloween celebrations went off across the city with their usual flair and fun. Then, in early November the wild street parties went off again when the election of Barack Obama on Tuesday, November 4th brought to an end eight years of neoconservative rule.

Then, announcing a sweeping round of cuts to social services and city government to balance the budget, Mayor Nutter crashed the party on November 6th. . I’ll be fair and say that the budget crisis is not entirely of the Mayor’s making. He’s dealing with an economic crisis brought about by the misdeeds and quest for profit-at-any-expense brought about by Wall Street, major financial institutions, and the rich, which is now hitting home in many major American cities and municipalities. Wall Street has been bailed out while working people have been thrown out of their homes and jobs, have left college for lack of tuition and cities have been left to fend for themselves.

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