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Intellectual and Political Activist

Remembering Robert Weil

Robert Weil, activist-intellectual and author of Red Cat White Cat: China and the Contradictions of Market Socialism, who passed away in March 2014 and whose memorial meeting was organised by his family, friends and long-time comrades on 15 February 2015 at Santa Cruz, California, is remembered by intellectuals and activists in the US, Canadian, Dutch, Chinese, Indian and Latin American left.

Robert Weil, author of the powerful critique of Deng Xiaoping’s “reforms” entitled Red Cat White Cat: China and the Contradictions of Market Socialism (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1996, republished in India by Cornerstone Publications, Kharagpur) quietly passed away in California on 12 March 2014. Almost a year after, on 15 February 2015 a memorial meeting was held in Santa Cruz, California at the Resource Center for Nonviolence where his family, friends, teachers and long-time comrades from near and far came together to share their memories. Robert meant a lot to them and for many others across the globe, a true friend, a dear comrade whose political integrity, a rare characteristic in the current milieu, they value immensely, a committed activist and intellectual whose life they considered worthy on all counts particularly while imagining a better world. Starting off as a student–activist at Harvard University in the late 1950s, right till his last days Robert Weil remained involved in solidarity work with oppressed people around the world. Even in the face of indifferent health, he did not think twice to join such efforts. His democratic values in pursuing left politics will remain an example to many for years to come.

Initiation into Activism

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