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Highlights of Marxism 2007 announced

Issue No. 2048

Ideas to topple the system

Ideas to topple the system


The Cairo Conference comes to London

Hamdeen Sabahy, an independent MP in the Egyptian parliament and a leading figure in the anti-imperialist movement, will be joined by leading activists from the Middle East in a forum on resistance.

On the platform will be veteran Egyptian campaigner Kamal Khalil, Bassem Chit, a leading Lebanese socialist who helped organize the Samidoun solidarity network during Israel’s assault on Lebanon last summer, Samir Diab of The Lebanese Communist Party and many more...


Highlights

  • Tony Benn uncovers the hidden history of British working class rebellion
  • Guardian journalist Gary Younge on Katrina to Obama – black leadership after the civil rights era
  • Musician Billy Bragg debates with Martin Smith on identity politics and fighting the BNP
  • Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg talks about the “war on terror” and civil liberties
  • Film-maker Nick Broomfield discusses his films and the making of Ghosts
  • Author Ghada Karmi launches her new book on Palestine
  • Musician Drew McConnell of Babyshambles pays tribute to punk
  • Respect mayoral candidate for London Lindsey German introduces her new book Material Girls: Women, Men and Work
  • Author Paul Gilroy discusses the war and racism in Britain today
  • Satirist Alistair Beaton takes a look at political satire today
  • Writer Jonathan Neale introduces his book Stop Global Warming – Change the World
  • Writer and campaigner Susan George asks Who are America’s neocons?
  • Claudia Webbe and Dean Ryan discuss who is to blame for gun crime
  • Michael Wayne asks what’s wrong with television news
  • Radical philosopher Slavoj Zizek explores the limits of liberal ideology
  • Other speakers include Michael Albert, Walden Bello, George Galloway MP, Mark Serwotka, China Miéville, Craig Murray, David Harvey, Geoff Martin, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Alex Callinicos, Matt Wrack, John McDonnell MP, Alfredo Saad Filho, Chris Bambery, Paul Mackney, Gareth Peirce, Billy Hayes, Victoria Brittain, Mike Gonzalez, Jill Liddington, Andrew Murray and John Rees


Over 200 meetings including…

  • Are China and India the future for capitalism?
  • Is globalisation destroying the British working class?
  • Can New Labour ever be old again?
  • What’s wrong with conspiracy theories?
  • The US – is the war coming home?
  • Is Marxism anti-religion?
  • Rebel art from Dada to Banksy
  • How can we stop climate change?
  • Slowly killing us – capitalism and food
  • 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade – who really ended slavery?
  • Egypt ­ on the edge of revolution?
  • Latin America – a new kind of revolution?
  • Postmodernism in perspective
  • The socialist tradition of sexual liberation
  • Changing the world and the Russian Revolution
  • Why is multiculturalism in crisis?
  • London – what could our city look like?
  • Class and sect in the Middle East
  • Are today’s Euro fascists the same as the Nazis?
  • Hogarth – political satire from his day to the present day
  • Is the anti-capitalist movement in crisis?
  • Britain’s dirty war in Ireland
  • Forty years after gay sex was made legal – how do we make freedom real?
  • Islam & Islamism today
  • Love, marriage and the family
  • Nkrumah – what happened to the dream of African liberation?
  • Marxism and ecology


Courses

  • The Marxist method for beginners
  • Capital for beginners
  • Understanding contemporary capitalism
  • Class today
  • The Russian Revolution
  • Imperialism
  • Rogue states
  • Marxism and liberation
  • LGBT liberation
  • Black liberation
  • Fighting fascism
  • Revolutionaries and the movement
  • The United States
  • Slavery
  • Education
  • Radical theory
  • The rebellious history of the British working class
  • The environment
  • Food
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East
  • Africa
  • Islam and civilisation


School students

  • Marx – a revolutionary for today?
  • Terrorists or resistance fighters?
  • Can we get rid of sexism?
  • Can we get rid of racism?
  • Is Britain a democracy?
  • Is revolution possible in Britain?


Forums

  • Stop the War with Andrew Murray, Rose Gentle, Craig Murray and Mark Thomas
  • What next for Respect? with George Galloway MP, John Rees and others
  • Islamophobia, the media and war


Rally

  • Global resistance to neo-liberalism and war with Lindsey German, Trevor Ngwane, Kamal Khalil and others


Culture of resistance

Exhibitions

  • Oh What A Horrible War! with Steve Bell, Martin Rowson, Leon Kuhn, Ralph Steadman, Steve Brown, Tim Sanders, Dave Brown and others
  • Left in Vision art exhibition curated by John Molyneux and Chanie Rosenberg

Theatre

  • The Brecht and Kurt Weill Show
  • Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington and playwright Tom Stoppard discuss British theatre

Music

  • Cultures of Resistance gig with Soweto Kinch, Gilad Atzmon and Nizar Al-Issa
  • Love Music Hate Racism gig

Spoken Word

  • Burying the chains with Lemn Sissay
  • A selection of poems from Mike Rosen
  • Poet Adrian Mitchell celebrates William Blake’s life and works

and much more…


Theory

Learn more about how Marxism can make sense of the world. Follow courses on history, economics, philosophy and science.


Debate

Join the debate on current events and the challenges facing the global movement.


Strategy

Meet people from the social movements around the world. Discuss the best strategies for resistance and the fight for a better world.


Culture & entertainment

Marxism 2007 will host a huge festival with music, theatre, films, poetry and exhibitions – and your ticket gets into everything, including The Iraq War and Blair’s Legacy exhibition at the Cartoon Gallery, Store Street.

Book now!

Ticket price £45/£32 unwaged. Students £25. FE Students £15. Phone 020 7819 1190 www.marxismfestival.org.uk


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Tue 24 Apr 2007, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2048
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