A four-day conference in Chicago will bring around 1,500 “socialists and radical activists” together in order to discover the history of the working class. Curiously, the event, called Socialism 2017, will include speakers that are decidedly not working class. In fact, they’re millionaires.
From July 6-9, the Socialism 2017 Conference will endeavor to “build the left, fight the right,” according to their website. The goal is “to share lessons from history, learn about Marxist theory, discuss current struggles, explore Marxist and socialist ideas, and debate current issues on the left.”
Conference organizers seem to be looking to provoke a socialist revolution in America, as the website insists that a new political system is needed because the current system, which “spawned Trump,” is not capable of saving the country from him.
Enter John Cusack, an actor with a net worth of about $40 million, who will be speaking at the event. Held at the “beautifully designed” Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, the conference will host the wealthy actor as he presents: “Things That Can And Cannot Be Said.”
Cusack’s event, listed under “U.S. History and Politics,” will cover information Cusack and author Arundhati Roy received from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, focusing on topics such as “the importance of resistance.” From the website:
Things That Can and Cannot Be Said—in which Roy and Cusack reflected on their conversations, touching on a range of issues including the nature of empire, surveillance in an era of perpetual war, the meaning of flags and patriotism, and the importance of resistance. In a special session, Dave Zirin, the sports editor at The Nation, will interview Cusack on the questions of our time.
The Socialism 2017 conference will also host other wealthy speakers, like actor Wallace Shawn (worth $8 million), as well as notable characters like BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza.
Events include “Mapping the Enemy: What is the ‘Alt-Right’, ” Abortion Without Apology,” “No Ban, No Wall: The Fight Against Deportations” and “Trump, Economic Nationalism, and Imperialism Today.”
For those that want to learn about Socialism, however, there’s a price. Attendees can attend at $10 a session, $40 a day or $100 for the “full conference.” Not to worry, to offset the cost for others, they also offer a “solidarity rate” of $150 or a “sustainer rate” of $250, which will help others attending this event, and future events.
— #Socialism2017 (@socialismconf) March 14, 2017
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