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Emma Goldman & Wang Ruoshui vs. "No Enemies to the Left"

Date: Monday, April 1st, 2019

Time: 4:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Location: Richardson Auditorium,
Morse-Ingersoll Hall,
700 College St, Beloit, WI 53511

Contact: John Rapp,, 2335

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The anarcha-feminist Emma Goldman was ostracized by the Left for the rest of her life for opposing the Russian Revolution after she was deported to Russia in 1920 and saw events there firsthand. Her critics maintained that there should be "no enemies to the left" and that criticizing the revolution would only break solidarity and help its enemies. The philosopher Wang Ruoshui was purged during the Cultural Revolution and again during the "Anti-Spiritual Pollution" campaign during the early reform era in China for his stance favoring Marxist humanism and his warning that political alienation could occur after the revolution. The charge of his opponents was that humanism is a bourgeois concept and that calls for genuine democracy and humaneness toward all would only undermine the revolution. In this last public talk before his retirement, John Rapp will try to draw lessons from these two great heroes of his for the resistance in our time, both on campus and in the country at large.