Sunday, 26 June 2011

Marxism 2011: a festival of resistance

There is an event that takes place every year and is a must-see for every anti-war, anti-racist and anti-cuts activist. It is Marxism 2011 (see here).

Crisis and austerity have exposed the insanity of our global system. Our rulers have handed trillions of pounds to banks while billions of people across the planet face hunger, poverty, climate catastrophes and war. Despite unprecedented wealth and technology we are told capitalism can provide even less for us than before. But a world in crisis breeds an ideological crisis. Austerity has generated resistance. Revolution has shaken the Arab world. Students have shaken the Con-Dems.

Millions are fighting back, questioning this crazy system and looking for alternatives. Marxism 2011 will bring thousands of people together from every continent and every arena of struggle to discuss, debate and organise resistance. With over 200 workshops, panels, film showings and rallies it is the biggest event of its kind in Britain and one of the biggest in the world.

Marxism brings together speakers such as Kamal Abu Aita, President, Egyptian tax collectors’ union; Tariq Ali, novelist, journalist, historian, campaigner; Omar Barghouti, founding member, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; Tony Benn, veteran campaigner; Alex Callinicos, author Bonfire of Illusions; Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, NUT; Merlin Emmanuel, Smiley Culture Campaign; Ben Fine, author Marx’s Capital; John Bellamy Foster, author The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth; Paul Gilroy, author There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack; Billy Hayes, General secretary, CWU; Ronnie Kasrils, former leader of ANC’s armed wing; and Charlie Kimber, SWP national secretary.

Set in the heart of Bloomsbury, Central London, close to several tube and mainline stations, these venues should provide for an even better festival than before. Marxism takes place in Friends Meeting House and the Unversity College London. Marxism hosts a free creche and offers free accomodation for those coming from outside London.

For any activists, Marxism 2011 is an event that is not to be missed.

Marxism begins on Thursday 30 June at 3:45pm and runs until Monday 4 July. For more information see http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk/index.html

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