Forum Discusses Marxism


Marxism alive and well at NIU

**Marxist Humanist Forum discusses 1917 Russian Revolution.

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"Marxism and Freedom" is one of the many books that can be found at the Marxist-Humanist
Forum.  This forum was held at the Holmes Student Center Room 403 Tuesday night.
Books such as "Lenin, Hegel and Western Marxism" by Kevin Anderson, "Indignant Heart" by Charles
Denby and "Marxism and Freedom" by Raya Dunayevskaya are characteristic of some of the readings
often present at the Marxist Humanist Forums held at 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

However, members involved in the forum are not there to "sit behind a table and read books," Kelly
Dacey, senior sociology major and the group's treasurer said. They are there to learn more about Marxism and its ideals.

At Tuesday's meeting, Anderson, the group's faculty adviser, said Karl Marx never stood for a dictatorship, censorship of the press or a one-party system.

However, members of the Marxist Humanist Forum are not experts on Marxism. Besides trying
to learn more about Marxism, some members use the forum to develop political thought.
"I've been formulating and reformulating my political beliefs for about seven or eight years now," Stan
Archacki, freshman political science major, said.

At the meeting, Anderson presented a discussion titled, "1917 Russian Revolution, 80-year anniversary,"
which reviewed the positive and negative aspects of the revolution.

Anderson sharply criticized the United States, capitalism and the lack of philosophical thought in this

"The type of politics we have now in America -- 'Can we get Dole into office by the year 2000?' That's the kind of pragmatic politics that are around today," Anderson said. Anderson said students have been
carrying out revolutionary ideals perhaps without even knowing they are doing so.

"The role of students is not just to be activists but to be thinkers," Anderson said. "I was impressed with
the 'take-back-the-night' march against sexual assault," he said, referring to the march held in November.
Anderson said the ideals of Marxism are still in circulation. 

"I would say that Marxism has an important place today in helping young people figure out problems in
today's society and the world," Anderson said. "Marxist ideas are in fact all around us and we just don't
realize it."