Kevin B. Anderson

Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

[Los Angeles] How to Think about Syria? Anti-Imperialism, Assad Regime Barbarism, and the Search for an Alternative

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Venue: Westside Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 101-102, press #22 to get into room, Culver City (LA area)

Introducing the Discussion:

  • Michael Pugliese, longtime left observer
  • Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins: On Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Non-Western Societies
  • Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

The situation in Syria cries out for a comprehensive, dialectical response, not just a knee-jerk anti-interventionism that fails to mention the nature of the Assad regime. For this reason, the International Marxist-Humanist Organization’s August 30 statement has a long title:

Against U.S Attack on Syria! Against the Assad Regime and Other Reactionary Forces! For the Grassroots Syrian Revolution!

These are the kinds of questions that we will address, followed by a free and open discussion:

  • Can the left fight imperialism at the same time as opposing the Assad regime?
  • Can it support the Syrian uprising while also opposing fundamentalism?
  • What effect would a U.S. bombing of Syria have on Iran, including on the reform currents inside that country?


Sponsor: West Coast Marxist-Humanists, an affiliate of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization. For more information email to