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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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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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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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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.

 

 

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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.

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