Now Scheduled at Left Forum, 2010 Sunday, March 21, 10 AM

Rejuvenating the Left Critique of the War on Terror

with:
Professor David MacGregor, King's University College at the University of Western Ontario.
Professor Paul Zarembka, State University of New York at Buffalo and
Mr. Sander Hicks, author and activist.

Marxist theory contends that the state operates in the interest of the dominant economic class, yet often fails in containing an articulated conceptual distinction between acts of the state that are public and open to direct investigation, and those that are concealed, secret, and indeed conspiratorial. A re-reading of Marx’s under-appreciated “18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte” shows that Marx himself was more than willing to go far beyond the lies of a bourgeois official story, engage in real history, and expose the roots of fascism.

The 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., were presented as motivation for the US’s brutal military adventures, and an ideological campaign that transformed the social and political landscape. However, given the unsatisfactory character of the Bush/Obama official story, a growing grassroots movement has presented evidence that claims the 9/11 attacks were in fact a form of “Machiavellian state terror,” or a “false flag'” terrorist event.

The 9/11 Truth Movement is an intriguing form of direct-action praxis, using new technology, confrontations with powers-that-be, and low-cost video replication. This panel suggests that the US Left must forge a deeper bond with this movement. We will explore the commonalities that already exist between with the Truth Movement, the anti-war cause, the struggle for economic freedom, and the vision of global emancipation.

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APPENDIX:

Excerpt from the new paper:

Marxism, Conspiracy, and 9-11
To be published July, 2010 in Socialism and Democracy

by David MacGregor and Paul Zarembka
University of Western Ontario, and State University of New York at Buffalo

Abstract
While left commentators typically agree on the convenience for the U.S. ruling class of the outcomes of 9-11, such as the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and the demonization of the wider Muslim world, many are unwilling to question whether the attacks actually conformed to officially validated accounts. After recalling a prescient comment by Adam Smith that capitalist interests habitually engage in secret combinations, this paper discusses Karl Marx’s account of the hidden machinations behind the rise of Louis Napolean, an understanding now widely accepted but not at the time. Three twentieth-century examples of a public/conspiratorial dichotomy of state actions are then surveyed – the role of British bankers in the rise of Hitler, the failed attempt to overthrow President Roosevelt, and the work of Peter Dale Scott regarding the JFK assassination. The paper thus becomes prepared to review evidence about 9-11, evidence that has cast significant doubt toward the official version. The authors give particular attention to the collapses of three WTC buildings, the numerous war games that were scheduled for the same day, and the evidence regarding the identities of the alleged hijackers. The authors also note how Marxist theory contends that the state operates in the interest of the dominant economic class, yet fails in containing an articulated conceptual distinction between acts of the state that are public and open to direct investigation, and those that are concealed, secret, and indeed conspiratorial.

 

 

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From Comments on this event on Facebook:

"Nothing is more necessary! So much of the left has emphasized social history at the expense of political history. Result: so many on the fake manicured gelded university left are completely illiterate of US political history between 1947 and 1980."

- Nathaniel Heidenheimer

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