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Friday, February 06, 2015

Marxism 2015: Ideas for Revolution

From The Marxism 2015 office:

Marxism 2015 - Thursday 9 - Monday 13th July, Central London.

Marxism 2015 is a five day political festival bringing together thousands of activists, trade unionists, students, writers and academics.

There are over 160 meetings on everything from Palestine to UKIP, climate change to socialist alternatives. Speakers at last years Marxism festival included John Pilger, Gareth Peirce, Darcus Howe, Peter Hain MP, Billy Hayes, Sheila Coleman, Michael Roberts, Janet Alder, Ronnie Kasrils and Louise Raw.

At Marxism 2015 there will be plenty to discuss. It will take place only a few weeks after the General Election. Although at this stage none of us can predict the outcome, it looks set to be one of the most racist election campaigns witnessed in Britain. Whatever the result, the question will remain of how we can build a bigger and more united left in Britain and take on the racist scapegoating of UKIP. Events in the United States have shone a spotlight on the issue of police racism and violence. At the same time over 100 years on from the start of the First World War, questions of imperialism remain. From Gaza to Iraq, Syria to Ukraine, bloodshed and destruction continues and so does resistance to war.

We will explore all of these issues as well as many others at Marxism 2015 and welcome ideas for the event - Check out the Facebook page

Edited to add:
 Marxism as a political festival has been an annual event for a good few years now - I recently came across the following advertisement for Marxism '85 - thirty years ago, which I thought I may as well add on Histomat as from the line-up of speakers alone it looked like a pretty damn good event (as an aside, it might be noted the fact that Ralph Miliband was speaking at it means there is I think a reasonable possibility that this was one of the Marxism events that the young Ed Miliband came along to in order to listen to his dad debate with the SWP...not sadly that Ed Miliband appears to have learnt much about socialism from this experience...):  

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