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Friday, July 5 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Marxism and Human Nature

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"Socialism can't work because people are naturally greedy."  We've all heard pundits on the
right declare that socialism is doomed to failure because of a supposedly inbuilt human nature
that drives people to focus primarily on their own narrow self-interests. There are also
those on the left who believe the capitalism can be reformed but never abolished because of
innate limits to human cooperation and collective action. Is "human nature" really a barrier to
building a socialist society? This talk will explore what the Marxist understanding of "human
nature" means for those fighting for a better world.

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Bill Keach

Bill Keach was a member of DSA from 1976 to 1988 and of the ISO from 1989 to 2019.He lives in Boston and teaches in the English Department at Brown University in Providence. His articles have appeared in Socialist Worker, the International Socialist Review, and International Socialism... Read More →

Friday July 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Burnham A/B/C