Green sunday: The U.S. Left’s Purity Fetish and Why it Must Be Overcome


October 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


In The Purity Fetish and the Crisis of Western Marxism, Carlos L. Garrido provides a comprehensive development of his concept of the purity fetish, tracing the outlook to the Eleatic school of Ancient Greek philosophy, and showing how it has appeared in 20th century Western Marxism and in contemporary U.S. socialism. In every form the purity fetish takes in Western Marxism’s politics, Garrido argues that one finds not only the failure to obtain truth, but also the inability to create a revolutionary movement. Garrido asserts that today the critique (and overcoming) of the purity fetish is an indispensable task in the fight for the development of subjective conditions for revolution.

Carlos L. Garrido is a philosophy teacher at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Director at the Midwestern Marx Institute for Marxist Theory and Political Analysis, and author of various books including The Purity Fetish and the Crisis of Western Marxism (2023), Marxism and the Dialectical Materialist Worldview (2022), and Hegel, Marxism, and Dialectics (Forthcoming 2024).

October 8th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm  Via Zoom: please see the access info below
Green Sundays
are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows at 7:00 pm, after a 30-minute break. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

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