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Marxism 2009: in a world gripped by capitalist crisis we need socialist answers

Issue No. 2157

Capitalism isn’t working.

That much is obvious. We are faced with the biggest economic crisis for generations, millions are being thrown out of work, and war and poverty ravage the globe.

But, at the same time, ordinary people are pointing the way to a different kind of society by fighting back.

From Thursday 2 July for five days the Marxism 2009 festival in central London will bring together the strands of international resistance.

Campaigners, writers, activists, workers, students and academics will debate, discuss and share experiences.

Marxism will also celebrate cultural resistance – with live music, art, drama and film.

Together we will strengthen the fight for a better world. Make sure you’re part of it.

Hear speakers, including:

  • Tony Benn – The president of the Stop the War Coalition will be speaking on the political crisis and choices ahead for the left.
  • Gary Younge – One of the few journalists who cut through the hype of the US elections, exploring the changes that underlie Obama’s popularity.
  • David Harvey – His popular books, including A Brief History of Neoliberalism and The New Imperialism, have made Harvey the world’s most-read contemporary Marxist.
  • Bernadette McAliskey – Aged just 21 this Irish civil rights campaigner became the youngest ever female MP. She joins Chris Harman to remember the struggles of the 1960s.
  • Slavoj Žižek – One of Europe’s most subversive philosophers will be asking what it means to be a revolutionary today
  • Alex Callinicos – A leading figure on the international left, Alex will speak on imperialism and the global political economy.
  • Gareth Peirce – A radical lawyer who represented the family of Jean Charles de Menezes and many who were interned in Guantanamo Bay, she will look at torture, secrecy and the British state.
  • Tariq Ali – Novelist, historian and political activist, Tariq came to prominence in the movement against the Vietnam War. He will discuss the US empire in crisis.
  • Zoe Williams – Guardian columnist Zoe will join Judith Orr to discuss the fight for women’s liberation today.
  • Other speakers include – Mark Serwotka, Haifa Zangana, Luigi Fiori, Ghada Karmi, Eamonn McCann, Terry Eagleton, John Bellamy Foster, Sheila Rowbotham, Weyman Bennett, Michael Billington, Nick Broomfield, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Danny Dorling, Lindsey German, Liz Fekete, Paul Gilroy.

Marxism 2009 festival
Thursday 2 to Monday 5 July, Central London
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Tue 23 Jun 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2157
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