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Sunday, July 9 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Trotsky's Their Morals and Ours

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It’s common for Marxists to be condemned for believing that “the ends justify the means,” which, it is alleged, proves Marxism is amoral. The hypocrisy of official morality is that it permits rulers to use the utmost violence while condemning it when it is turned against their interests. Even pacifism, by preaching against all violence, disarms the masses against a system that will stop at nothing to keep them in chains. The violence of the slave against a master, Trotsky insisted, cannot be equated with the violence of the master against the slave. Trotsky shows that Marxists do have a morality: it is a morality based on the utmost hatred of all oppression and exploitation, and support for all actions that promote a society where these evils are abolished. Only those means that fully promote the ends—the “self emancipation” of workers and the oppressed—are justified.

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Laura Snedeker

Laura is a member of the DePaul branch in Chicago.


Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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