On October 4, 2014 at the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge, MA, communist historian Doug Enaa Greene, as part of the Red History Lecture Series, speaks on Communist Resistance in Nazi Germany. The German CP offered the most sustained resistance to the Third Reich, ranging from anti-fascist propaganda to espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union and engaging Nazi soldiers in battle during the Spanish Civil War. As part of the struggle against fascism, approximately, nearly half of the party members passed through Nazi concentration camps and at least 25,000 were killed.
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To revolutionaries, and I'd imagine many others too, anniversaries are when we remember past events and struggles, discuss their significance and what lessons they may hold for us in the current moment. Although I hold to the reflections I gave on the previous two anniversaries of the Occupy Movement (see here and here), that still leaves the question: what do we say now?
On September 2014 at the Center for Marxist Education, communist historian, Doug Enaa Greene,author of the upcoming book Specters of Communism on French Communist Louis-Auguste Blanqui, lectured on the history and perspectives of the Israeli Socialist Organization (Matzpen). Matzpen was a revolutionary socialist and anti-Zionist organization founded in 1962. Matzpen viewed Zionism as a colonization project, was considered a security threat by the Israeli state, opposed Israel's wars, and worked closely with Palestinian Marxists.
Communist historian Doug Enaa Greene, author of the upcoming book on Specters of Communism: Blanqui and Marx, spoke on Irish socialist James Connolly as part of the ongoing Red History Lecture Series at the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge MA on August 2, 2014.
Some of the best-known whistleblowers in the U.S. appeared at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on June 4 to announce the creation of a new organization, exposefacts.org, that offers a website where anonymous whistleblowers can submit information in a secure and protected environment.
“Change" in India, just about 6 months ago, was represented by the Aam Admi Party (AAP - The Common Man Party), a new political formation that emerged out of a public movement in India against corruption. Their party/election symbol, the common Indian reed broom (the “jhaadu”), stood for various things, but prominent among those was the “sweeping away” of the rampant corruption and malgovernance that had increasingly plagued the country.
"Democracy" is a contested term, so anything I write about union democracy is bound to be controversial. And this is as it should be, because one vital characteristic of democracy is the positive, creative role it allots to disagreement. If we desire democracy, it is because we believe that no individual or economic or political elite has a monopoly on truth. The "correct" policy is simply the one we can get most people to agree on in the face of opposition.
My tie is too tight and I can barely breathe. I gag as I loosen it a little. Even though the waiting room is plush, immaculate and air conditioned, it still feels unnaturally hot. As one of the corporate suits walk by, I quickly straighten out the collar, making sure that the tie is perfectly centered. He doesn't see me and walks past, carrying a bunch of reports and talking about profit margins. Once again, I have to gasp for air. It is like this at every job interview.