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POLITICAL WEEKEND: HOSTED BY REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY

Political weekend: hosted by rs21

Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 11:00 – Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 17:00 (GMT)

GoldsmithsCollege, University of London

New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, United Kingdom

Book online: http://bit.ly/rs21weekend

Timetable: http://rs21.org.uk/timetable/

A weekend of discussion and debate on what it means to be a revolutionary socialist today: organised around three key panel discussions and a number of workshops. The weekend is organised by rs21, a new grouping of revolutionary socialists in Britain. This is our first major public event and we welcome participation from anyone who is interested in similar issues and has been asking similar questions.

The Panel sessions:

• Neoliberal capitalism and the state of struggle

• Marxist approaches to racism, sexism and oppression

• Revolutionary organisation and the working class

We will also be hosting a Question Time with figures from the movement including Mark Steel, Sara Bennett and Mike Gonzalez titled “How do we organise to transform the world?”

Workshops include:

• Social reproduction: what it is and why it matters

• Protest movements and united fronts today

• Shifts in reformism and reformist consciousness

• What is revolutionary leadership?

• Marxism at the margins: intersectionality and identity

• Anti-politics: responses to austerity from Occupy to Russell Brand

• How should revolutionaries organise?

• Racism, new and old

• Neoliberalism’s impact on the working class

Speakers include:

• Mark Steel Independent columnist and comedian

• Nina Power author of One Dimensional Woman

• Mike Gonzalez author of upcoming book on Venezuela

• Mireia Gargallo from the Spanish squares movement

• Neil Davidson author of How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

• Lucia Pradella from the Historical Materialism journal

• Ian Birchall biographer of Tony Cliff

• Estelle Cooch former deputy editor of the Socialist Review

• Dan Swain author of Alienation: An Introduction to Marx’s Theory

• Sara Bennett from Unite the Union executive (pc)

• Jonny Jones former deputy editor International Socialism journal

• Amy Gilligan from the National Union of Students executive

• Colin Barker author of Marxism and Social Movements

 

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Heather Brown

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RECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (March 2014)
See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

MARX AND THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM: A REVIEW SYMPOSIUM – by Karel Ludenhoff, Marija Krtolica, and Dale Parsons
Three reviews of Peter Hudis’s new book, MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE 
ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM.

[DISCUSSION ARTICLE] UKRAINE, COUP OR REVOLUTION? — by Richard Greeman
The Ukrainian uprising raises questions concerning different kinds of democracy, nationalism and internationalism, types of imperialism and capitalism, and the dangers of ethnic conflict and neoliberal 
capitalism.

MARXISM AND HUMANISM: SELECTIONS FROM A SINO-BRITISH FORUM — by Wang Jie, Zhu Liyuan, David Alderson, Mike Sanders, and Kevin Anderson
These articles are selected from the proceedings of the Second Sino-British Marxist Aesthetics Forum, held at the University of Manchester, April 2012, which was dedicated to the topic, “Marxism and Humanism.” They offer a window into contemporary philosophical discussions on humanism in China and internationally.

ON THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SOCIALIST HUMANISM – by Barbara Epstein
Socialist humanism emerged out of discussions of Marx’s 1844 MANUSCRIPTS in the late fifties and early sixties due to hopes for the  democratization of the Soviet bloc, but it lost traction within the 
left in the late sixties and early seventies due to the Vietnam War and the resulting rising influence of Maoism. There is still a great deal to be learned from the socialist humanist tradition.

CLASS IN MODERN CAPITALISM: THE BRITISH EXAMPLE — by Richard Abernethy
Class is once again in the news and political debate. While some claim that it is no longer relevant at all, the BBC’s Great British Class Survey claimed to identify no fewer than seven different classes. What does it mean to belong to a class? Is it an objective situation, or does it involve subjectivity and consciousness? How best to understand the class structure of modern capitalism?

MARX’S CAPITAL AND TODAY’S GLOBAL CRISIS – by Raya Dunayevskaya
We repost here the hard-to-find 1978 pamphlet by Raya Dunayevskaya, which has been uploaded onto the Internet by unknown parties.  We call attention to the fact that it includes three items: (1) main text containing the chapters of Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom devoted to Marx’s Capital, Vols. I-III; (2) introduction critiquing Ernest Mandel, “Today’s Epigones Who Try to Truncate Marx’s Capital”; (3) appendix, “Tony Cliff Reduces Lenin’s Theory to ‘Uncanny Intuition’,” the latter particularly relevant given the recent controversies in the UK over Cliff’s organizational legacy.

See our LANGUAGES PAGES for recent Marxist-Humanist articles and books in Spanish, Persian, French, Romanian, Turkish, and other languages.

*** RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:

THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON HISTORY, CULTURE AND DIALECTICAL THOUGHT — by David Black, Studies in Marxism Humanism Series, Lexington Books, hardcover, with subsequent paperback

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, VOL. I: ECONOMIC WRITINGS 1 — edited by Peter Hudis, Verso Books, paperback

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON 
HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books

THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST is the webzine of the INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST ORGANIZATION (IMHO): 
http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/
Contact: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

We would love to hear your thoughts on our website or our organization, either through the “arise” email account above or as a comment in our (moderated) comments pages.

Join our new Facebook page: “International Marxist-Humanist Organization” https://www.facebook.com/groups/imhorg/

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski at Academia: http://independent.academic.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskpoint.blogspot.com