One of the authors on this blog, Sean O' Torain (John Throne), was invited to a DSA panel in Chicago last Saturday. The debate under the general heading of the State vs Anarchy focused a lot on the events in France in 1968. That year a general strike began after student protests were brutally suppressed by the police. Ten million workers and students occupied the factories, workplaces, schools and universities, elected their own committees and barricaded streets and held mass protests.
It is an interesting and somewhat crucial topic for socialists and the events of 1968 are a concrete example of how the struggle between workers and capitalists can play out including the role of the state, its security agencies and political arm as well as the leaders of the workers parties and the trade union, the role of the students etc.
We would like to to thank DSA for holding such a debate and inviting a supporter and co-founder of this blog to speak. The mediator was fair and balanced and the discussion was comradely and productive; an example for young people wanting to become involved in left and socialist politics.
Lastly, we were unable to get the soundcloud clip embedded here but comrades can go to the this link to listen to the entire discussion. https://soundcloud.com/talkin-socialism/state-vs-anarchy-debate