On February 9th, we hosted retired educator and activist Michael J. Roberto for a discussion of his new book, The Coming of the American Behemoth, a primer on the nature of fascism and its particular forms within the United States. The 95 minute presentation spanned buried socialist scholarship on Wall Street's love affair with fascism, the false dichotomy of good vs. bad capitalism, the necessity to break from neoliberalism, and much more.
"[We need] to ask ourselves to what extent we are going to continue to live in their regime, and by 'their regime' I mean the regime of Capital... Practically that means in a city like this one—that is so bourgeoisified—that this store is an enclave. We have to build more enclaves like this. And we have to do it because we understand that what we are doing is building a community, and in building a community we're building something that is fundamentally obnoxious to the powers that be."
Michael Joseph Roberto retired in 2016 from the faculty of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the largest historically black educational institution in the United States, where he taught contemporary world history. A longtime political activist in Greensboro, NC, he has worked as a journalist and published essays in Monthly Review, Socialism and Democracy, and other scholarly journals.