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Uncertain Times

BEYOND RESISTANCE: THE COMMUNE SUMMER SCHOOL

A day of communist discussion and debate

From 11am-6pm on Saturday 19th June

At 96-100 Clifton Street, London EC2

To purchase tickets and download leaflets see: http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/19th-june-summer-school/

The last few years have seen a series of crises for our rulers. Millions of us are angry at the ongoing economic crisis, the scandalous behaviour of ‘our’ MPs and the endless wars in the Middle East.

All of these crises are part and parcel of capitalist rule, but rarely is this system itself challenged. We are constantly told there is no alternative to capitalism. Every day at work and in our communities we live out the same capitalist order, the same hierarchies, the same alienation.

But the spectre of communism has not gone away. The idea of a society fit for human beings lives on. It is an idea raised every time workers demand the living standards we need, not what our rulers are prepared to give us; whenever we reject the state’s oppression and interference in our lives; and whenever we stand up to sexism, homophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria.

We need to build on these acts of resistance. But that is not enough. Our movement needs ideas. We need a clear vision of a communist alternative to the capitalist order, and how we can make it happen.

That is why The Commune is hosting a summer school on Saturday 19th June to discuss what we should be fighting for and how we should fight for it. Join the debate.

Proposed sessions:

Britain after the general election;

What is capitalism?

Why capitalism is in crisis;

The changed shape of the working class;

Alienation and the critique of everyday life;

How migrant workers fight back;

Tenants’ struggles and community organisation;

Socialist feminist approach to organisation;

Breaking up the UK state;

Communism or representative democracy?

Recomposition of the communist movement.

Full agenda shortly

Please get in touch at uncaptiveminds@gmail.com if you have any questions about the event or have special requirements.

http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/19th-june-summer-school/

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THE 2010 GENERAL ELECTION: WILL IT MEAN ANYTHING AT ALL?

University of East London School of Humanities and Social Sciences

In association with OurKingdom, presents:

The 2010 General Election: Will it Mean Anything at All?

A Public Seminar

21st April 2010

Is there any scope for a progressive electoral strategy?

Have we left the era of representative democracy behind?

Details (and an excellent article by Jeremy Gilbert) at: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/jeremy-gilbert/2010-general-election-will-it-mean-anything-at-all

UEL staff are joined by two leading political commentators to discuss the issues

Anthony Barnett, founder of openDemocracy.net and editor of the OurKingdom blog (see his recent article for New Statesman at http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2010/03/labour-brown-british-britain)

Richard Seymour, author of The Liberal Defence of Murder and blogger at Lenin’s Tomb See: http://www.culturalstudies.org.uk/April.html for full details 

You may also be interested in a pair of seminars planned to follow the election at the Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths [www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/global-media-democracy/], starting their new series around the question ‘Is Democracy Possible Here in the UK?’:

May 13 Post-Election Reflections with Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths, author of The Aftermath of Feminism, 2009) and Colin Leys (Goldsmiths and Queens University, Ontario, author of Market-Driven Politics, 2000).

May 20 Democratic Futures? Democracy beyond the UK with Jeremy Gilbert (UEL, author of Anticapitalism and Culture, 2008), Alice Mattoni (European University Institute, Florence) and Samuel Toledano (International Visiting Fellow, Goldsmiths)

Both 5:30pm Goldsmiths main building RHB 309

For more details, write to Nick Couldry, n.couldry@gold.ac.uk

PLUS April 29 Luc Boltanski and Nancy Fraser in discussion on Capitalism and

Critique – Goldsmiths main building RHB 309 5-7pm, followed by drinks reception

For more details, write to Nick Couldry, n.couldry@gold.ac.uk

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