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DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP

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This Monday evening, March 9th, starting at 7.00 pm, we have a critical webinar concerning Democracy and Citizenship, coming just two months before the general election.

It discusses how we can become active citizens and make democracy work for us.

The presenter, Cormac Russell, lectured for eight years on active citizenship and democracy at the National College of Ireland.

There is no charge for taking part.

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Please make every effort to partake and feel free to pass on this information to all your contacts.

 

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THE REVOLUTION WILL BE NETWORKED

An Assembly to Develop an Agreement of the People

November 17, Waterloo Action Centre, London, 1.00-5.00pm

In 1647, during the English Revolution, the Levellers set out an Agreement of the People because relations between the people, parliament and the monarchy had broken down.

In 2012, the relationship between the state, corporations and the people has again broken down in an irretrievable way. A new Agreement of the People is needed. A people’s constitution.

On the day an assembly of working groups will collectively map out and network ideas and proposals to re-shape and improve the Agreement that is published here as a working draft.

The aim is to produce a new document that can then go out to the sponsoring groups – The People’s Republic of Southwark, National Community Activists Network, Rotherham Against The Cuts and Peoples Assemblies Network – and other organisations and individuals.

Bro.’s Grim, Adnan al-Sayegh plus poet-translator Cristina Viti will enhance our deliberations and lift the event from the prosaic to the poetic and provide an international dimension.

With this in mind, five organisations are supporting The Revolution Will Be Networked event on November 17 at Waterloo Action Centre. Reserve your place.

 

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A Crisis of Capital

CAPITALISM IN CRISIS

MARXISM 21

Discussion Forum

Capitalism in Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Cure?

 

Speaker: Gerry Gold

Author of: A House of Cards: From fantasy finance to global crash

 

SATURDAY 30 JULY 1PM
INCA (General Confederation of Labour), Italian Advice Centre, 124 Canonbury Road, London, N1 2UT

Nearest Station: Highbury and Islington

 

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Karl Marx

THE MODERN MARX

The Modern Marx: A World Still Wanting to be Won
Dr. William A. Pelz
June 11, 2011, Saturday, 2:30 pm
Open University of the Left
Lincoln Park Public Library

1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago, corner Racine
Across from DePaul University 8232;(Red Line: Fullerton)

“The interest in Marx seems a vindication,” the historian Eric Hobsbawm wrote in 2008 as the global economic crisis unfolded.  “His analysis of capitalism put its finger on globalization and periodic crises and instabilities. Over the past few decades people thought the market would sort everything out, which seemed to me a statement of theology rather than reality” (The Sunday Times, 11/21/08). 

Indications of Marx’s relevancy abound, from Fukushima to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Arab Spring to Wisconsin, from anti-austerity social movements in Europe to the austerity legislation that threatens Chicago’s public school students and teachers.  

Yet, Marxist thought remains on the historical margin.  Can a reinterpretation of Marx challenge the legitimacy of market theology?  What can be learned from Marx’s own political struggles, his sense of history, his political mark on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? 

Open University welcomes historian Dr. William A. Pelz, author of the new biography, Karl Marx: A World to Win (Pearson, 2011).  The book covers the important aspects of his life and the major theoretical arguments of his work.  It also explores the Industrial Revolution through the lens of Marx’s view of socialism, not simply as an ethical idea but also as a way of framing the industrial system and its impact on workers.  (Copies of the book will be available from the author.)  Karl Marx is part of Pearson’s Library of World Biographies series, which includes books on Simon Bolivar and Sun Yat Sen. 

A Chicago native, Bill Pelz is an academic historian and specialist in European and comparative labor history.  His previous books include Against Capitalism: The European Left on the March (2007); The Spartkusbund and the German Working Class Movement (1988), and Wilhelm Liebknecht and German Social Democracy (1994).  His articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Film & History, German History, German Studies Review, International Labor and Working Class History, International Review of Social History, Labor Studies, Journal of European Studies, Science & Society, Soviet Studies, Sozialismus, JahrBuch fuar Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung, and International Labor History Yearbook, among others.Pluto Press will publish his forthcoming book, a history of the European working class, next year. 

Open University events are free and open to the public.  Now in its 23rd year, the Open University of the Left is Chicago’s premier progressive forum and film series: http://www.openuniversityoftheleft.org/  

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BEYOND RESISTANCE TO THE CUTS TEACH-IN

Teach-in on Saturday 26th February 2011

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Youth unemployment and rising food prices as well as authoritarian rule have pitched people in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Algeria and Bahrain into conflict with their regimes. The same global economic crisis lies behind the Coalition’s drive to rescue the capitalist economy through huge spending cuts.

And a political system in which you get a government you didn’t vote for that acts for big business means that there is no way out for people in Britain either.

The TUC’s March 26 walk in the park will solve nothing, as many are aware. Join A World to Win’s contingent and help move beyond resistance to the cuts to changing the system we live under.

Closer to hand, our Teach-in on Saturday February 26 will draw out the connection between the eco-crisis, the destructive drive for growth at any cost and the role of People’s Assemblies in bringing about a not-for-profit, truly democratic society.

A top United Nations official has warned that the military around the world are preparing for unrest resulting from the effects of climate change on people’s lives. So we’d better get organised.

Sign-up now for Beyond Resistance to the cuts – building People’s Assemblies Teach-In, ‘Kicking Capitalism’s Growth Habit – Building a Sustainable Economy’. Open discussion + film show.

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Kicking capitalism’s growth habit – building a sustainable economy

Saturday 26 February 1.30-5.30pm [register from 1pm]
R509, Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HX [map link]

Please register to book a place http://www.aworldtowin.net/about/eventPA26Feb2011.html

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BEYOND RESISTANCE TEACH-IN

You are invited to a Teach-In at Birbeck College on Saturday, January 15.

Beyond Resistance Teach-In will explore the issues in the new booklet published by A World to Win.

Here are the details:

Beyond Resistance
Saturday 15 January 1.30-5.30pm, Room 416 Birkbeck College
University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Exploring with your help…

The nuts and bolts of the crisis

Why is capitalism in crisis and how bad is it?

What’s this to do with rising tuition fees & spending cuts?

Can more taxation and regulation solve the crisis?

Is a ‘green’ economy the answer?

The state we’re in

Does Parliamentary democracy have a future?

What new forms of democracy should we work towards?

And by the way – what is ‘The State’?

The challenge of ideas

Can we make a revolution with ideas from capitalism?

How can education challenge the status quo?

Building People’s Assemblies – action planning

How can we go beyond resistance in fighting the cuts?

Can People’s Assemblies create a real democracy?

Please register to book a place here: http://www.aworldtowin.net/about/eventPA15Jan2011.html

You can download Beyond Resistance free (http://www.aworldtowin.net/about/BeyondResistance.html) or get a hard copy by post for £3.

Order online or send a cheque with your address to Lupus Books, PO Box 942, London SW1V 2AR, or order by telephone 07871 745258. Order now and it will still reach you before the holidays!

Best wishes

Corinna Lotz
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SOUNDINGS 45

Soundings 45 is now out

Although the cuts are coming, there has been an eerie political calm and sense of inevitability about all that is in store for us (carefully nurtured by the Coalition and their allies in the media). But the storm will break – people are going to start seriously suffering and we need to ensure that there is a political battle against the assault planned by the government. Can Labour lead this battle?

CONTENTS

The political struggle ahead
Doreen Massey

Labour in a time of coalition
Sally Davison, Stuart Hall, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Rutherford

What comes after New Labour?
Gerry Hassan

The SNP and the ‘new politics’
Richard Thompson

Rebuilding social democracy
George Irvin

Greek myths
Duncan Weldon

Money manager capitalism and the global financial crisis
L. Randall Wray

Carbon trading: how it works and why it fails
Oscar Reyes and Tamra Gilbertson

Why I am a socialist
Ruth Levitas

Smile till it hurts
Laurie Penny

Lives on the line
Vron Ware

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TAKING THE REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

This Saturday – 22 May
A World to Win Conference

Taking the Revolutionary Road

The coming together of the Tories and Lib Dems in a coalition government is a dramatic expression of the way that the economic and financial crisis has an immediate impact on politics. It gives added urgency to the call to create People’s Assemblies as an alternative to the dead-end of Parliamentary politics. As one delegate to A World to Win’s conference says:

“….given the global nature of the crisis there’s a real need for revolutionary solutions not just in Britain but for the whole of our planet and all its peoples, London May 22nd will be a great starting point.”

Register for Conference | Agenda: http://www.aworldtowin.net/about/2010conference.html

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Stories and analysis on: American banks, Harry Patch, The Big Green Gathering, Global warming, Obama’s healthcare plans, Factory occupations, Swine flu, and much more.

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A World To Win: News & Events

 

For news and updates on A World To Win website, including forthcoming meetings, political commentary and details on Paul Feldman’s new book Unmasking the State and much more see the web site, at:

 

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Unmasking the State: A Rough Guide to Real Democracy

 

Just published!

Unmasking the State –
a rough guide to real democracy

By Paul Feldman

This new book analyses the historical origins of the contemporary British capitalist state and the long struggle for democracy and political rights, from the Levellers to the Chartists and beyond. Unmasking the State describes the changes under globalisation and how representative democracy has been undermined. The book makes a series of proposals for a new, transitional state to extend democracy into workplaces and society as a whole.

Bill Bowring, Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London:


‘The aim is to show “how seemingly disparate struggles for rights can find their lasting solution in the struggle for democratic power itself”, and the book sets out ideas as to what a democratic state might look like. This well-informed and sophisticated book can be recommended to students and activists alike.’
 
 

 

 

 

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Charter for Democracy

A new six-point Charter was launched at the Stand Up for Your Rights festival on October 18. Its aim is to build support for the transfer of political and economic power to the people.  Please support the Charter.

 

 

http://www.aworldtowin.net/about/UnmaskingState.html

 

Reviews

The faces of the dead go on living
Robin Richmond reviews Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian at the National Gallery.

Disposable People
A touring photographic exhibition at the Festival Hall is a vivid reminder that slavery exists in increasing numbers.

The ‘grand old man’s’ revolutionary legacy
John Green’s Engels: A Revolutionary Life is both well written and a joy to read and will appeal to a wide readership.

 

Our latest blogs
Still ‘business as usual’ when it comes to climate change
Nicholas Stern – who wrote the 2006 report on the economics of climate change for New Labour – argues that recession “is the time to build a low-carbon future with the investment vital for economy and planet”.

The spectre of Marx looms large
As Bank of England governor Mervyn King warns that UK is entering recession and the pound plunges, websites and newspapers around the world are noting that the ideas of Karl Marx have a new relevance.

No easy fixes
To those who have been preaching state intervention as the solution to the credit crunch and the recession it must seem as though their time has come.

Charter for Democracy
How to defend our rights but also secure them in a lasting way was the overall theme running through our Stand Up for Your Rights festival at the weekend. Dramas portraying the struggles of the Levellers of the 17th century and the Chartist movement of the mid-19th century attested to the fact that this is not a new question.

Time to cut the losses
In the last week, stock markets the world over have been showing the classic signs of bipolar disorder, but in the most concentrated form. Euphoric, manic, hysterical highs followed by the deepest depression.

Too much ‘civilisation’
Nothing sums up the insanity of the capitalist system more than unemployment. Just think about it. People want to work; the means of production like offices, shops, factories, plant and equipment all exist; yet all of a sudden, workers are thrown on the dole.

The state we are in
That capitalism today requires incredible, almost unimaginable levels of financial support and assistance from the state just to keep the system on life support in intensive care, is beyond dispute.

Read and comment on AWTW editors’ daily blog.
 
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LEFT ECONOMICS ADVISORY PANEL

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Is the Government’s bank the most ruthless repossessor? asks John McDonnell MP

It was announced today that Northern Rock – the bank fully nationalised by the Government – has massively increased the number of homes it has repossessed in the last quarter.

John McDonnell MP, LEAP Chair, said:

“We fully nationalised Northern Rock, yet the Government’s bank is becoming the most ruthless repossessor under the cosh of Government pressure to repay the loans. The Government is in danger of being seen as protecting banks while ignoring people.

 

 

“The Government needs to come up fast with a “recession-proof” strategy of halting repossessions and converting mortgages into homes for social rent.

 

 

 

Read John McDonnell’s comments in Northern Rock seizes 32 homes a week from the Daily Telegraph

 

Today’s Unemployment figures:

John McDonnell MP, LEAP Chair, said:

“With unemployment rising, the Government should be ‘recession-proofing’ by injecting resources to save people’s jobs through large scale public investment in major housing, rail and renewable energy infrastructure schemes.

“There should now be an immediate moratorium on the proposed closure of job centres and 12,000 job cuts in the Department for Work & Pensions.”

 

Meetings

LEAP: The Economic Crisis – what role for social ownership?

Tuesday 4th November

7pm in Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London

Following the publication of the LEAP pamphlet Building the New Common Sense – social ownership for 21st century, LEAP leads a debate on what role for social ownership in the economic crisis.

 

Speakers include: Gregor Gall, Gerry Gold, John McDonnell MP, Rosamund Stock

Chair: Andrew Fisher (Editor of ‘Building the New Common Sense’)

Stand Up for Your Rights Festival

Saturday 18th October

2pm-8:30pm, Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road, London, SE1 7AA. Tickets £10/£5

 

A one-day event organised by A World to Win. The historic struggle for rights in Britain will be presented through music, drama, poetry, films and political debate.

 

Confirmed speakers include Bill Bowring (Professor of Law at Birkbeck University), John McDonnell MP (LRC Chair), Global Women’s Strike, Coalition for Independent Action, Paul Feldman, Kevin Smith (Carbon Trade Watch), John Stewart (HACAN), Rahila Gupta (Southall Black Sisters), the Gypsy Council, London FBU, Ted Knight.

‘The Putney Principles’ and ‘Unfinished Business’ – New plays about the Levellers and the Chartists. Live music. Launch of ‘Unmasking the State, a rough guide to real democracy’ – a new book by Paul Feldman. Struggle for Rights timeline exhibition and film.

 

Register online for LRC conference 2008

 

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