The Socialist Workers Party hosted A World In Crisis: the Socialist Solution, a special one-day conference on Saturday of last week.
Almost 1,100 people packed into Friends House in central London to discuss and debate a variety of topics.
Speakers included Moazzam Begg, former detainee in Guantanamo Bay. He announced his plans to start a speaking tour with a former Guantanamo guard next month.
One of the highlights of the day was a discussion on understanding the economic crisis with Chris Harman and István Mészáros, the famed Marxist writer and philosopher.
Lukas Kudic-Gloster, a student at King’s College in London enjoyed the meeting. “The whole day helped me to understand the crisis and provided me with an analysis of capitalism as a system,” he told Socialist Worker.
Other meetings covered a range of topics beyond the economic crisis. Many young people and students attended a packed discussion on race, gender and class with Viv Smith.
Participants talked about where oppression comes from, how we can fight it and how these struggles can give mass movements the confidence to fight for more radical demands.
Martin Smith, author of Jazz, Racism and Resistance, and Brian Richardson, editor of Tell It Like It Is: How Our Schools Fail Black Children, spoke to a large meeting about the election of Barack Obama.
The meeting discussed what Obama means for the US working class and the people who campaigned to get him elected.
In the closing rally, Alex Callinicos argued that the current economic turmoil made it vital for socialists and anti-capitalists to map out ways to challenge a system that is failing the majority of people around the world.
He also called for a vision of a different kind of society – a socialist vision in which exploitation and oppression would no longer exist.