Civil Liberties

As DeMuth's Trial Date Nears, Federal Prosecutor on Crusade Against Anarchist Ideology

U.S. Attorney Clifford R. Cronk III is using his office’s investigation of a 2004 animal rights-related break-in at the University of Iowa to harass and punish targets whom he claims identify as anarchists, a political ideology dating back to the early 19th Century. To date, neither his superiors in the Department of Justice, nor the federal courts, have done anything to curtail his abuse of power. In behavior reminiscent of the darkest days of the McCarthy witch hunts, Cronk argues in court documents that anarchists are domestic terrorists who should be locked up for posing a threat to civil society based on nothing but the prosecutor’s unfounded political bias.

2008 Midwest Socialist Conference: Building a Revolutionary Alternative



November 15-16 * Chicago * DePaul University
(Munroe Hall, 2312 N. Clifton)


On November 15, join hundreds of socialists and activists from across the Midwest to discuss today's struggles and building a movement for revolutionary change at the 2008 Midwest Socialist Conference.


*Saturday Morning Plenary
Capitalism in Crisis: Building the Revolutionary Alternative

*Saturday Evening Plenary
Resisting U.S. Empire

*Saturday Workshops
From Boom to Bust: The Economic Crisis Today
Is a Revolution Possible in the U.S.?
What's next in the Struggle for Immigrant Rights?
From New Deal to Raw Deal: Keynesianism to Neoliberalism
Afghanistan: The Right War?
Lock 'em up and Throw Away the Key: Capitalism: Crime and Punishment
Radical Black Workers Struggles of the 1960s
Environment in Crisis: Can the Planet Be Saved?
Capitalism and Sexuality
Harvest of Empire: Globalization and Immigration
How Can We Organize to Fight Back? The Politics of Mass Protest and Direct Action
Marxism versus Anarchism
The Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s
Lenin and Buhkarin on the Theory of Imperialism
After the Elections: The Democratic Party and War
The Fight for Single-Payer Health Care (Patients and Health Care Workers Speak Out)
Why Do We Need a Revolutionary Party?
From Unemployed Councils to Factory Occupations: The Class Rebellion of the 1930s
Introduction to the International Socialist Organization (ISO)

*Sunday "Socialist School" Workshops
Why Capitalism Doesn't Work: The Marxist Theory of Economic Crisis
World Revolution: The First Five Years of the Communist International
The Russian Revolution: When Workers Ran Society
Rosa Luxemburg's The Mass Strike
The Myth of Lenin's Elitism


SHARON SMITH author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States

CAMILO MEJíA of Iraq Veterans Against the War (*for id only)

ACTIVISTS form the front-lines of the struggles against the death penalty, for immigrant rights, for single-payer health care and against the war.

JOE ALLEN author of Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost

PHIL GASPER columnist for the International Socialist Review and editor of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document

KEEANGA TAYLOR frequent contributor to Counterpunch, International Socialist Review and Socialist Worker on questions of race and class

ELIZABETH SCHULTE journalist for Socialist Worker newspaper and Socialist Worker Online

ADAM TURL contributor to Socialist Worker and Socialist Worker Online.

DAVID WHITEHOUSE reviews editor for the International Socialist Review



9-10am Registration
10-11am Opening Plenary
11:30-1pm Workshops
1-2pm Lunch
2-3:30pm Workshops
4-5:30pm Workshops
5:30-7:30pm Dinner
7:30-9pm Evening Plenary

Sunday "Socialist School"

11am-1pm Workshops

****REGISTRATION is on a sliding scale of $15-50 (solidarity) donation

****FOR MORE INFORMATION contact your local branch of the International Socialist Organization, call 773-370-4575 or e-mail


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