On Friday, November 15, IWP streamed a special day-long debate event examining the past, present, and future of Socialism/Communism. Sponsored by the Claremont Institute together with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and produced by the Imprimatur Group to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the program featured a morning debate on the economic viability of a socialist or communist system. The afternoon session explored the nature of cultural Marxism, which has been argued to have supplanted the tenets and goals of economic Marxism with a new emphasis on “social justice.”
Participants included Michael Anton, former member of the National Security Council; Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz, Professor of History at The Institute of World Politics; historian Ronald Radosh, a former Marxist and author of The Rosenberg File; and Michael Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation. On the left, the debaters were Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin Magazine; author and managing editor of Jacobin Micah Uetricht; Eric Blanc, an author and contributor to Jacobin and The Nation; and sociologist Nicole Aschoff, author of The New Prophets of Capital. The debate was moderated by cultural historian Michael Walsh, author of The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and The Fiery Angel, who discussed his personal experiences in Berlin when the Wall fell during a special lunchtime presentation.