Marxist Conference Packed with Chicago Teachers

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Teachers filled the ranks at the 2012 Midwest Marxism Conference, which was held Saturday at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey, who spoke at one of the breakout sessions, was just one of the hundreds of attendees, many of them teachers, there to strategize about the next phases of the partnership between Chicago Socialists and the Chicago Teachers Union.

Of course, all recording was strictly verboten unless you had been preapproved by the Chicago Socialists.

The event kicked off with Becca Barnes’s keynote speech. Barnes, a Chicago teacher, spoke about the new era of Marxism in America stemming from the Chicago Socialists’ recent successes in running the show during the Chicago Teachers Strike. Said Barnes, who referred to everyday American capitalists as “capitalist vampires,” “the struggle here in the United States has entered a new phase. Nowhere have we pointed the way forward more clearly than here in Chicago with the teachers union strike.” From her talk and other succeeding events throughout the day, it was clear that the Teachers Union and Marxists were one and the same.

I attended three break-out sessions in addition to the opening plenary. Each began with the speaker congratulating Barack Obama on his win. Rather than allowing discussion, the Chicago Socialists had a policy that disallowed actual person-to-person interaction; rather, the moderator required that you “raise your hand in a fist” in order to be placed in line to discuss. If you didn’t raise your hand in a fist, you were placed after those who did conform and raise their hand in a fist. As a queue formed, the result was that no comment addressed the previous issue raised.

Thankfully, after hours of enduring non-discussion and hate speech against Americans (and being amongst those celebrating a philosophy of mass murderers), I was “outed” as not a communist, told I was “not in solidarity” and surrounded by members of the Chicago Socialists who told me to leave the Northwestern School of Journalism premises. Also “spotted” as not in solidarity was Rebel Pundit, who had a more interesting exit than I:

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  • Mary Sue

    they are soooo not all about tolerance!

    Yeah teachers and communism go together like bread and butter, I think it's the whole "I want to make the world a better place" mentality cranked up to 11.

    Most of the teachers here are NDP and thus, are freaking IDIOTS. The people in the video would all be NDP if they were Canadian. Same kind of retards.

    • tagalog

      The problem is that they become leftists because they want to make the world a better place, and Marxism gives the appearance of being that way, then they do one rotten nasty authoritarian thing after another in the name of a better world.

      And they don't see it. They think leaving people alone to work out their fate for themselves, using the resources they have available, is somehow cold and rejecting. Then we get "you haven't gotten with the program, so we're expelling you."

      • intrcptr2

        I just finished an M.Ed. at Eastern University; it is far worse. Education majors are pretty much dunces, and their professors tend not to be much smarter (Although somehow I was blessed to have some rather intelligent and competent ones; Dr A just retired from 40+ years in the trenches, and Dr K was from Jamaica).
        The woman who runs the program, PhD in 1987, two published articles, career as a "corporate trainer" for 20 years, has for the past 5 or so been exhorting her graduate students to "get angry" about social inequality for the sake of making high schoolers (And grade schoolers too, now that I think about it) social activists.

        "Urban Education" is now a jargon, referring to failed, minority heavy, inner-city schools (Charters and parocial schools don't count, typically because they still work to a degree), where a good deal of this clap-trap is regurgitated as enlightened paedagogy.

        • tagalog

          They are exhorted to train their urban students to be activists, then they spend their working hours trying to maintain order. One would expect that experience to turn them into conservatives out of sheer horror over the deterioration of our educational system, but somehow it doesn't. Maybe they rebuild their progressivism in the teachers' lounge.

      • Mary Sue

        That's pretty much it. "I want to make the world a better place" is the stepping stone for the decay into totalitarianism as a person slowly realizes that in order to make a real difference, some sort of authoritarian control will be required.

  • PaulRevereNow

    I'll bet these Chicago marxist goons don't know Krav Maga.

  • zalukas

    The 64 dollar question is, who's money paid for it and who signed the check.

    Just a proof that Russians didn't invent Communism, but were victims of it. The insult is, that individuals who financed Bolshevik uprising, were never been held accountable for it.

    American continent is now in their sights. Do we have to go thru this again?

    BTW, in Ken Burns "Civil War" series appears brief comment about Karl Marx visiting US and helping to start AFL-CIO. However, after I send request to Library of Congress in regard to that fact, the response came back as negative and somewhat terse.

    If anyone has more info, would appreciate a link.

    The disease is more deadly that

    • tagalog

      Karl Marx COULDN'T have helped start the AFL-CIO. The AFL was founded in 1886, three years after Marx's death. The AF of L was expressly non-Marxist . Marxists thought Samuel Gompers was a flunky for the capitalists. That has been widely reported in many histories of the lavor movement. I think Marx was dead when the CIO was established, which would have been after the formation of the AF of L. Wikipedia says the CIO was formed in the mid-1930s. Marx died in 1883.

      If Ken Burns said Marx had a hand in forming the AFL/CIO, he's wrong on several levels.

      • zalukas

        Then documentary is wrong. But it was researched I bet. Why would he mention that?

        • tagalog

          The AF of L and the CIO merged in 1955, 72 years after the death of Marx, so Marx couldn't have had anything to do with that, either.

          Why would Ken Burns mention it as a historical fact? I don't know. It's just possible that there were plans afoot before Marx died about the AF of L, that Marx might have had an opinion about, but frankly I doubt it. The classic Marxist interpretation of unions is that they are capitalist inventions intended to dilute the revolutionary urge of the laboring class, and therefore counter-revolutionary.

          • mlcblog

            Could it be that his ideas dominate? so that is why. Association.

          • tagalog

            What you say makes sense in the labor movement context, but both the intellectual foundation of Marxism and the historical timing are against that view.

            Still, a person who has not done his homework might develop a delusion that Marx had more of an impact in the U.S. than he actually did, and make statements based on that delusion. Maybe that's what Ken Burns did when he made the claim about Marx and the AFL/CIO. But he's surely wrong. It seems as if he must be.

            Now, the CIO, there were a lot of Marxists in THAT labor organization, but they came along many years after Marx was dead and gone.

            Maybe Ken Burns' Civil War documentary made the Marx claim about the Knights of Labor. They were the first of the labor organizations, but I think they were formed after the Civil War, too, in 1869. And still, they'd have been one of those capitalist red-herring organized-labor opiates of the working class. But Marx was alive in 1869, so there's that.

          • jmoore333

            I remember that in the fifties Walter Reuther finally cleansed the unions of communists after a long & sometimes bloody struggle. As a 70 year old I wonder how & when an organisation that was illegal because it advocated the violent overthrow of our government or how it came to be that contemporary commies who only seek to overturn our Constitution are somehow "acceptable" either socially or legally…?

          • tagalog

            Remember the Attorney-General's List of Subversives? Compiled by the father of some formerly well-known liberal. Once it was a handy tool for determining if your charity was going to support subversion, or if the organization you supported was engaged in espionage against the United States. Then it became a cause for shame among some Americans. Now it's one of those evil expressions of the Bad Old McCarthy Days.

      • hrwolfe

        I recently watched a few parts of the series and while I remember David McCallough saying in the begining of the episode prolog concerning what happend that year that Marx Published Das Capitol I do not recall this event mentioned.

        • tagalog

          Volume I of Das Kapital was published for the first time in 1867, well after the Civil War's end, and outside the time frame of Burns's documentary (although Burns did show some things that happened after 1865). Volumes II and III weren't published until the late 1880s, years after Marx died. The child of capitalism Friederich Engels famously is the guy who finished Marx's work.

    • Ghostwriter

      My question is did Karl Marx EVER visit the U.S. at all?

    • Shannon

      Funny how these kind of events are suddenly and aggressively popping up right after the election. Hey…I guess that would be your clue to whose behind all this.

  • Robert

    All teachers espousing the Marxist line and acting in solidarity should be fired.

  • Comrade Jim

    Marxists/socialists murdered somewhere around 170 million of their own citizens in the 20th century. Now these 21 century Marxists are saying that was not enough? They want to try Marxism again.

  • tagalog

    How childish they are:

    "We want you to leave because we don't want you here."

    "We don't care if you didn't do anything, you have to leave because we want you to leave."

    "You didn't pay any money to get in, so leave. You were invited? That's irrelevant, so leave."

    "We WILL push you down the stairs — just kidding."

    "We won't get out of your face — you have to leave."

    Like a high school sophomore among some clique.

    Well, as these things go on, things clarify.

    Once upon a time, socialists and Marxists congregated secretly; maybe this is better so we can see for ourselves what they're like.

  • BLJ

    What a bunch of losers.

  • mlcblog

    These people are teaching our children.

    • tagalog

      Frightening, isn't it? Even in the world they occupy and clam to be devoted to, they are know-nothings.

      I've had a few instances where the ignorance is on display. A few years ago, I asked a leftist what his evaluation was of Mao Tse-Tung's (Mao Zhedong, whatever) theory that in China, the peasantry fills the place of the industrial working class, as opposed to the classical Marxist theory that it's the technically-trained, skilled industrial worker who forms the revolutionary class in the bourgeois pre-communist society. The person was absolutely clueless. I looked into his/her eyes as he/she considered the question. Rarely have I seen a person who looked more trapped than that person did at that moment.

      My question was never answered; instead, the mouth just opened and shut a few times and the conversation shifted to Taiwan and the police state that exists there.

      • mlcblog

        I think that is because they are spouting slogans and aligning with the emotional thrust of the movement, as I experienced in full when I was (sadly) one of them. Your subject very likely did not have a single clue about your question and that is why no answer. No intellect involved, just emotion and rationalization. I am now learning more about victimization psychology and think that is the prevalent mode among protestors. Poor me, self-pity, resentments. No hope that The Man (Mom/Dad, etc) will ever help them. Lost souls.

        • tagalog

          I was once a leftist too. I became alienated from the left when I hung out with self-described "revolutionaries" and invited them to come to the range to do some target shooting. They were horrified that anyone might actually think they (in their well-brought-up bourgeois ideological purity) would actually put their delicate and innocent hands on an actual GUN.

          They were entirely at a loss when I asked them how they intended to carry out their revolution. That was the moment when I realized that all the talk about "revolution in the streets," "bringing the war back home," and all that stuff was just some abstraction to them. Actually blowing some opponent's guts out was as foreign to them as landing on Mars is to the rest of us.

          Their talk about revolution was like W.H. Auden's poem Spain, in which he talked about the Bolshevik revolutionary who takes the "necessary murder" in stride as he carries out his revolutionary duties. Orwell said that that kind of remark could only be made by a person "who manages always to be somewhere else when the trigger gets pulled." A great quote that encapsulates the American Left in a sentence.

          • intrcptr2

            That is why the future USA will be a tad smaller, and whiter; these types and their dupes do not understand Mao's inadvertant commentary on our 2nd Amendment.

            "Shooting an Elephant". Good writing, but indeed sad. Another reason Orwell's writing carries weight.

          • tagalog

            I can't give a quote, but Orwell repeated several times that some things that people advocate for require a hardness of morality, and a sternness of attitude that most folks just can't tolerate.

          • mlcblog

            I remember some of the weirdest conversations, like about how the Eisenhower govt was coming to get them, maybe they better move to the hills (this was during my parents' time). Even stranger conversations by circles I was running in years later in Berkeley in the 1960's, in fact, the whole SF Bay Area. Bizarre and berserk imaginings.

          • tagalog

            If you're a Sixties guy, you probably remember the stories about how the government was building "concentration camps" at Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania and some other places.

            That one was right up there with the stories about how the major tobacco companies already had copyrighted names and logos for the marijuana cigarettes they were going to be manufacturing once pot was legal.

    • intrcptr2

      No, they are supposed to be teaching. They are miseducating them, on purpose.


  • hrwolfe

    They most likely banned recordings because while they do have free speech rights it is illegal I believe to plot to overthrow the US Government which some of the above statements indicate. I think it is past time to expose and delegitimize Marxists and their organizations such as La Raza and MEcHa and their god Cesar Chavez, my God the Navy is naming a ship for him!

  • ghastly

    Chicago parents: get the heck out of chicago!! Are you crazy??

  • The Truth

    These conference holders are horrible people who behave just like the JDL.

    • Mary Sue

      did you just smear the Jewish Defence League?

  • Vince

    Teachers unions, Marxist conference, at a journalism school. Trifecta!

  • riverboatbill

    Please replace the noble term : "teacher", with the more accurate one of: " Useful Idiot Indoctrinator".

  • scott

    These communists like to be in the education system and in the media. e.g get out of the real world, and shamelessly prey on other peoples children and indoctrination them. ALSO I WNAT TO KNOW WHY it's ok to be a communist, an group of people who murder their own people, entire families and up to 100 million people dead and in combodia 1/4 of the population. But neo-nazis are reveled (Not defending them) who killed 11 million people (Not cool) why is one group hated and one is acceptable when in reality they're 2 sides of the same coin…

  • JCS

    When are we going to have to hang a picture of Our Dear Leader Obama in our houses?

  • Steve Chavez

    YOU HAVE TO PLAY THEIR OWN GAME AGAINST THEM. At the same college that surely promotes "diversity," have a Jewish conference, a KKK teach-in, and a Nazi meeting complete with raising their hand "Heil Hitler" just like they raised their fist. When they protest about any one of these conferences, then you say, "I thought Communism was over but while it was alive and well, a hundred million died and billions were imprisoned. Hitler killed six million Jews and millions others died due to him. So, now that the shoe's on the other foot…

  • SuperRoadrider

    Over fifty years ago there was an article in a Soviet magazine that made reference to their playbook how to take over a country and convert it to a "Socialist Paradise". It stated that it requires taking over and exercising firm control over 1) Education, 2) Information, and 3) Internal Security. It looks like the first two objectives have been reached. Now they are working on the third one…

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Hmmmmm…..if all these people hate Rahm Emanuel, I wonder how he got elected? I wonder if he'll be re-elected? I mean, isn't this his base of support?

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    school choice NOW!

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    I think good ol' Rahm bit off a little bit more than he could chew when he decided he would be mayor of Chi town. Looks like his adoring supporters have turned on him. Uh oh, he gonna be mad now!

  • Mary Sue

    awww people were uncomfortable because they know who dude is? Bawwww. Boo hoo. More like they don't want the public to get wind of how bats*** they are.

  • davebones

    Come on this is a tiny group of people who are not indicative of the left they are not indicative of Obama supporters they are not indicative of teachers or anything except their own tiny cult. In The UK the same sorts of group behave like this with me and I am further left than they are. They behave like this with anyone who isn't in their tiny cult and when new victims run out they behave like this with each other.

  • popseal

    PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE………whatever happens during the next four years the obmanation owns total responsibility, THEY OWN IT………….

  • Max

    Wha a bunch of free-loading, pathetic, ugly characters. A class act – every other word was an expletive. Trash, go to hell, and take your psychotic marxist ideas with you.