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Why We Need American Marxism – Carlos Garrido – August 11 2024 -(CONFIRMED)

August 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Why We Need American Marxism

For decades American politicians, the representatives of the country’s oligarchs, have lied to the American people about their country’s relation to socialism. America has been presented as fundamentally antithetical to socialism, Marxism, and communism. Garrido shows how we have, starting in the early parts of the 19th century, a homegrown tradition of socialist thought that grounds itself in the most progressive components of American history. This is a tradition which holds that the values 1776 can only be capable of being fully realized in a socialist society. Why We Need American Marxism develops, within the Marxist framework, upon this tradition of homegrown socialism and argues that only by developing American Marxism, and organizations of working people based on it, can we overcome the crisis we are in and establish a society that is genuinely of, by, and for the people.

Carlos L. Garrido is a Cuban American philosophy instructor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is the director of the Midwestern Marx Institute and the author of The Purity Fetish and the Crisis of Western Marxism (2023), Marxism and the Dialectical Materialist Worldview (2022), and the forthcoming Hegel, Marxism, and Dialectics (2024). He has written for dozens of scholarly and popular publications around the world and runs various live-broadcast shows for the Midwestern Marx Institute YouTube. Carlos runs the Philosophy in Crisis Substack.


August 11
10:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT