Mommy, What’s a Socialist?

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Yes, I realize how lame it is for me to be posting this today, seeing as this event takes place TODAY, for those interested and living in the LA area, I thought I’d share. I am going to the Southern California Socialist Conference today because there are a few speakers that I am familiar with that I am interested in hearing from. The closing panel is also the Resisting Empire Speaking Tour, with one of the panelist who interests me the most being Jeremy Scahill, whose reporting on Blackwater in Iraq I have been following.

The closing panel discussion starts at 7pm, costs $5, and is held in the United Teachers Union of Los Angeles, Building 3303 Wilshire Blvd.

(Yes, I am aware this is a conflict for those attending the Rock and Roll with the Last of the Romantics: Sushi class/musical performance by Joel Lane/late night screening of The Last Romantic put on by Mike Thomas and Jason Wilson at the Kenmore House, but seeing as the Sushi class has filled up, maybe others might want to join me instead and then head over after!)


Written by annnee

November 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm

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  1. First of all, I must say that I think I overestimate California at times in how progressive I perceive it as being. This being said I am still somewhat amazed at the passing of Prop 8 and am now also amazed to find out that there are only 35 Socialists in the SoCal area branch of the ISO.

    Last night was a much smaller crowd than I was expecting. Maybe about 65 people covering a wide spectrum of ages.

    Michael Schwartz, author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context, spoke of the makings of the war(s) in the Middle East.

    Laila Al-Arian, who interviewed over 50 soldiers for her book, Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians, also talked about the war, but spent a good deal of time retelling what has happened to her father, Dr. Sam Al-Arian. In 2003 he was arrested after nearly eight years of government harassment due to his activities on behalf of Palestine and his political activism and leading stance on civil rights in America. His story is one worth reading up on.


    November 10, 2008 at 1:11 am

  2. I too am amazed by the passing of Prop 8. And only 35 socialists? The term’s gotten misunderstood and maligned, like the term feminist has too.


    November 10, 2008 at 11:25 am

  3. The Good (?) thing is that future generations of parents will never have to worry about answering said question. Socialists are quickly becoming an endangered species driven to the point of extinction. Relax, even if there is ever a re-emergence, we can always count on “Il Grande Cavaliere” to save the world from them. Some quotes are in order:

    “Italy is now a great country to invest in… today we have fewer communists and those who are still there deny having been one. Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries… superb girls.”
    “Out of love for Italy, I felt I had to save it from the left”
    “Read The Black Book (yep, actual quote) of Communism and you will discover that in the China of Mao, they did not eat children, but had them boiled to fertilise the fields”.
    “I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think that there are so many left wing pricks around who would vote against their own best interests.”
    “Mussolini never killed anyone. Mussolini used to send people on vacation in internal exile”.
    “Eighty-five per cent of the Italian press is left-wing and among the judges it is even worse… Those judges are doubly mad! In the first place, because they are politically mad, and in the second place because they are mad anyway. There is a cancer in Italy that we have to treat: the politicisation of the magistracy”.

    Don’t you just adore this man?????


    November 11, 2008 at 6:48 am

  4. aah, yes, Mr Berlusconi, “the Jesus Christ of Italian Politics” – his words.

    I thought it was especially sweet when he said concerning his friendship with George W Bush, “I’m 100 per cent confident that we’ll be friends forever,”


    November 21, 2008 at 5:49 am

  5. and yes, only 35.. I’m going to join them for a book reading discussion group on The Meaning of Marxism. Now that I know there are only 35, I am all the more intrigued with them!!

    On Feminism. I though it interesting that Palin first admitted to being one, but then took it back. I though it was all the more interesting that she would not call someone who blows up an abortion clinic a terrorism.


    November 21, 2008 at 5:53 am

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