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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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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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