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Against the Grain with Sasha Lilley - August 25, 2014 at 12:00pm

Against the Grain, for August 25, 2014 - 12:00pm

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Against the Grain with Sasha Lilley

Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson explore the rise and fall of socialist humanist ideas -- and what its decline has meant for the left.

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This is an important subject.

This is an important subject. As someone who came to Marxism thru Althusser via Rick Wolff and the U Mass school I do feel the rejection of alienation as a theory became alienating and appreciate the critique the humanists bring. however Barbara's analysis of essentialism is lacking and misses the whole philosophical and political importance of that critique. Might be better to have debate between the althusserians and socialism humanists to get a more accurate understanding of the post structuralist critique.

This was a good interview, it

This was a good interview, it is a about a topic people should be talking about. Post modernism is anti-revolutionary, real socialism-communism is what took place in the USSR (1917-1956) and Maoist China (1949-1976). People should be reading Marx, Lenin and Mao. The next wave of socialist revolutions need to allow the aspect of dissent. Revolution needs to be humane, (lifting people at the bottom up, as well as a from the sides, and all directions; not revenge, but definitely restricting those on the top from exploiting people) but first, revolution needs to be revolutionary, --that most important aspect of that is armed struggle. People would do much better to read the works of Joseph Stalin than Foucault,

Hi Sasha, Thanks again for

Hi Sasha,
Thanks again for another great program -- can you maybe recommend a couple of assessable articles to read by Epstein and Anderson?
BTW -- We looked for you all and the boys at the StoptheBoat last Sat -- sorry we missed you -- another time,

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