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‘OWS free university welcomes radical ideas’

September 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.workers.org/2012/09/29/ows-free-university-welcomes-radical-ideas/

The trend toward Marxism claimed here for the OWS is predictable (and something I have discussed in a positive manner), but it is important to ‘occupy marxism’ and demand a complete overhaul of the now stale theory. We need a new marxism 2.0 that isn’t called ‘marxism’, new socialist/communist organizations, and a retirement by the now aging old guard leftover from the pre-1989. The old marxist groups can lead the way, better, accompany new leadership, if they can manage to do more than fake-recycling. The issues that need attention are the nature of socialist theory, the question of economic theory, the inadequacy of ‘historical materialism’, a expose of the Stalinist legacy, an accurate history of the Russian Revolution, etc,…and in all this no compromise with the basics of, say, communism, the abolition of private property. The left fails to see that Marx is holding them back. The OWS holds an ace here, in the way it has remained ‘virtual/non-committal). But its ‘occupy theory’ initiatives have so far not created a spectrum of new platforms, e.g. a ‘New Communism’ (as we have discussed it here). It is important to consider that marxism/leninism has languished for a generation, while the OWS, whatever it is doing now, and jumpstarted something new.

In all of this the basic theme of communism: the abolition of private property is becoming the option of last resort as large-scale Industrial Capital has become a global ‘rogue state unto itself’, indifferent to the destruction of the planet. Thus New Communism will replace marxism 2.0, and yet renew the core initiative of the old.

In the week following Occupy Wall Street’s one-year anniversary demonstration, occupiers convened a “free university” in Madison Square Park in New York City. From Sept. 18-22, the park became liberated space for anti-capitalist ideas to be discussed in a relaxed, outdoor environment.

Growing interest in Marxist-Leninist ideology and the struggle for socialism was shown by young activists. Workers World Party was one of two Marxist groups to contribute to the university by organizing four classes, along with distributing and selling WW newspaper.

Caleb Maupin and Sue Davis held a class on “Socialism, Class Struggle, and Revolution.” The class included a lively discussion of Marxism, feminism, organized labor and the history of WWP.

Larry Hales and Monica Moorehead organized a class entitled “What Is the State? Who Does It Serve?” This class was very well attended, with much debate and discussion on the evolution of various forms and epochs of class rule and oppression.

Sara Flounders led a class on “Why Wall Street Is War Street.” Bill Dores joined with Gary Lapao, a representative of the International League for People’s Struggles, to hold a class entitled “What Is Imperialism?”

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