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Historical Materialism Conference shows return of Marxist ideas

by Anindya Bhattacharyya
Issue No. 2127

Around 500 people attended the fifth annual Historical Materialism conference in central London last weekend.

The event, which is organised by the Historical Materialism journal, draws together Marxist thinkers from a wide range of traditions to debate their work.

Many of the sessions this year focused on the global economic crisis and the relationship between finance and the wider capitalist system.

One of the plenaries saw a debate over whether the present crisis was caused by a long term fall in profit rates, a thesis strongly defended by the US Marxist theorist Robert Brenner.

The audience was highly international and included large numbers of students – a reflection of the increased interest in radical ideas among young people.

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Tue 11 Nov 2008, 18:22 GMT
Issue No. 2127
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