Imagining a World Beyond Patriarchy and Capitalism

By Bob Stone

What would a woman-centered world be like? The amazing matriarchy in Juchitán, Oaxaca gives us some idea. Ellen Osborn’s celebrated 2000 documentary gives us access to the women of Juchitán de Zaragoza and the “feel” of a town where women are at the center of economic life. Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska calls them “guardians of men, distributors of food.” Georgeann Johnson, who knows the town first hand, is steeped in the rich history of matriarchies as resources for human liberation and not just as parodies of patriarchies in reverse.

Film
Blossoms of Fire
Tue, Aug 25, 11am
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
150 0025
60 pesos


Lecture
“A Socialist USA?”
By Arturo Yarish
Wed, Aug 26, 11am
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
150 0025
60 pesos

“Socialist” is no longer political poison in the US. Bernie Sanders, a socialist who is running for president, is proof: his crowds are larger than “mainstream” politicians. But what would a socialist US really be like? Yarish argues that US socialism would be neither Soviet-style state capitalism nor a New Deal II. The process of building it is crucial for him and its first steps depend on wide discussion and consensus as part of renewing lost democracy. Arturo Yarish, a life-long student of Antonio Gramsci, the Italian political philosopher, shares his findings at a pivotal moment when, suddenly, socialism is on the US agenda.

 

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