Notes on the 2014 Left Forum

by VanessaVaile

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

John Jay College of Criminal College: the appropriate place for a Left Forum conference?

Returning on the 57th street crosstown bus to the east side of Manhattan on Saturday evening from the Left Forum, held this year for the first time at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I found myself sitting on the opposite side of the aisle from two other people who had been at the event. One, a man in his mid-seventies with jack-o-lanternish missing teeth and a ponytail, was lecturing a somewhat younger woman about the evil Left Forum organizers who had chosen this college for the event. Didn’t they know that the cops are enemies of the working class? What a bunch of hypocritical bastards they were. Every attempt she made to stress the good points of the event being held there such as the convenient location, he escalated his rhetoric to the…

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