Javier Sethness • Rocio Lopez
Sunday, 13 October 2019, 10:50 a.m.
There is no doubt that we live in difficult times. Murderous white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism have returned in ways that are reminiscent of the worst periods of the twentieth century. Not only this, but on the so-called left, prominent personalities have gone so far recently as to try to rehabilitate Joseph Stalin, deny ongoing atrocities, and defend “anti-imperialist” authoritarian regimes. Increasingly more “leftists” are allowing themselves to fall into the trap of the “fascist drift,” denying the place of human autonomy, freedom, and struggle.
But why now? Is this mere chameleon-like opportunism in the age of Trump, or does it reflect serious problems on the left? What is the responsibility of leftists when authoritarian regimes cloak themselves in the language of anti-capitalism but oppress workers, students, and indigenous peoples? Come discuss the paradox by which “the left” is both a handmaiden of and a solution to the global rise of neo-fascism and authoritarian populism.
Rocio Lopez is a socialist, feminist, an antiwar activist, and has lived in Latin America and Japan. She is a writer for the International Marxist Humanist Journal and a member of the Transnational Solidarity Network.