Summary: We need your help to continue the work of the IMHO – Editors.
2021 started with the attempted fascist coup on Capitol Hill in the US. Over the world, similar tendencies with growing fascist movements, and a serious developing fascist threat, is now a reality. Moreover, during the year, capitalism’s destructive consequences for the climate have increased quicker than what most predictions suggested, and the climate crisis comes closer every day. At the same time, there are many groups and movements, from #BlackLivesMatter and #FridaysForFuture to Indian peasant organizations, which are responding to these new facts and are evolving theory and practice in new and creative ways to point forward toward a humane society free from all forms of oppressive structures.
Developing a notion of what a humanist society freed from all oppressive structures is, a viable alternative to capitalism, is what has been guiding the activities of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization since it was founded in 2009. We are a leftwing organization that bases itself in a specific body of thought, that of Karl Marx and of Marxist-Humanism as it was first worked out by Raya Dunayevskaya, which has since undergone continuous development by numerous workers, activists, and scholars in the Marxist-Humanist tradition. A notion of a viable alternative to capitalism is needed in order to give direction to today’s freedom movements, and developing it needs theoretical as well as practical labor. In a book called Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution (1982), Dunayevskaya wrote:
The myriad crises in our age have shown, over and over again, from Russia to China, from Cuba to Iran, from Africa to Pol Pot’s Cambodia, that without a philosophy of revolution, activism spends itself in mere anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism, without ever revealing what it is for… What is needed is a new unifying principle, on Marx’s ground of humanism, that truly alters both human thought and human experience.
Every new generation must work out anew what such an alternative to capitalism means, so it fits their reality. During 2021 we who are active in the IMHO have, so far, organized a little more than 40 public meetings where we discussed theoretical and political issues. We arranged a major conference in July with speakers from many different countries, and we have maintained and developed our webzine, The International Marxist-Humanist, as a site of reflection and reportage on the movements for human emancipation and on the theoretical development of Marxism and of Marxist-Humanism for today. Many of our articles have been translated and are now available in languages such as Arabic, Portuguese, German, Turkish, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, and more. We have also gained several new members and many new subscribers to our monthly newsletter. A major accomplishment during 2021 was also the publication of the book Raya Dunayevskaya’s Intersectional Marxism: Race, Class, Gender, and the Dialectics of Liberation, to which several of our members contributed vastly.
Looking ahead we are currently planning lots of new activities. If you want to join us in the task of developing a viable alternative to capitalism you are more than welcome to send us a message by clicking on the “Contact” tab on the homepage, writing to one of our social media accounts, or by attending one of our Zoom events and talking to some of us.
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For a revolutionary New Year!
The International Marxist-Humanist Organization