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Marxism 2005 — Make capitalism history

Five days of debate music and film in central London

Issue No. 1949

The new millennium has already seen millions march against war — from London to Mumbai, from Washington to Cairo. Governments have toppled in the face of mass opposition on the streets in Bolivia, Argentina and Ecuador.

Our world is richer than ever before — yet every year over ten million children die needlessly from poverty. The gross inequality of the system we live under has never been so stark or so widely detested.

Now the anger is turning into action. That’s why this year’s Marxism 2005 event in central London is so crucial. Thousands of activists will gather for five days this July to discuss ideas that can carry our movement forwards.

Leading anti-capitalist authors and activists from around the world will come together with trade unionists, students and campaigners to debate how we can bury a system built on exploitation, oppression and war.

Come to Marxism 2005 and play your part in the debate over the key questions for the movement today.


Highlights

  • African socialist Trevor Ngwane on resistance and rebellion in Africa today
  • Jane Hardy on what happened to British industry
  • Tony Benn on the struggle for justice
  • Paul McGarr asks if we can stop global warming
  • Iraqi-born novelist Haifa Zangana and Sami Ramadani discuss Iraq, the occupation and the resistance
  • Richard Gott, former Latin American analyst for the Guardian, and Mike Gonzalez, author of Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution, discuss Hugo Chavez and revolution in Latin America
  • Feminist author and activist Christine Delphy debates theories of patriarchy
  • Alex Callinicos on why changing the world involves taking power
  • Professor Steven Rose discusses the brain
  • Writer Mark Steel on Albert Einstein
  • August Nimtz on Marx, Tocqueville and race in America
  • CWU union leader Billy Hayes on why he became a socialist
  • Film-maker Tariq Mehmood on fighting racism in Britain in the 1970s
  • Winston Silcott and Janet Alder will discuss justice, racism and resistance
  • Writer Victoria Brittain on the politics of torture
  • Martin Smith on Frank Sinatra — when “Old Blue Eyes” went red
  • Chris Harman asks if the future lies with India and China
  • Authors Mike Rosen and Gillian Slovo on writing for change
  • Socialist bookshop Bookmarks will host a meeting on poets, war and resistance
  • Science fiction author China Miéville presents a Marxist analysis of monsters


    Courses

    1945: whose war was it? | Politics, culture and music | Latin America | Women’s liberation | Marxism and the philosophy of liberation | Black liberation | Radical cinema | An introduction to Marxist economics | Problems in Marxist political economy | Theories of imperialism | Fascism | The revolutionary party | The Marxist method | Their democracy or ours? | Marxism, anarchism and autonomism | Gay and lesbian liberation | The environment | The Middle East | Making capitalism history | The SWP’s tradition | Africa | Where is Britain going? | Marxism, racism and Islamophobia | 1905: the birth of our politics | National liberation — breaking the chains | plus many more


    Speakers include

    TONY BENN | SALMA YAQOOB | WINSTON SILCOTT | SAMIR AMIN | TREVOR NGWANE | VICTORIA BRITTAIN | BILLY HAYES | GARETH PEIRCE | MARK CURTIS | COLIN FOX | GILBERT ACHCAR | GILAD ATZMON | AUGUST NIMTZ | PAUL MACKNEY | CHRISTINE DELPHY | STATHIS KOUVELAKIS | YVONNE RIDLEY | CHINA MIÉVILLE | STEVEN ROSE | CHRIS HARMAN | ALFREDO SAAD-FILHO | GEORGE GALLOWAY | LINDSEY GERMAN | BOB CROW | LOUISE CHRISTIAN | HAROLD PINTER | GILLIAN SLOVO | MARTIN SMITH | SUE BRANFORD | DAVID HARVEY | CHRIS BAMBERY | HAIFA ZANGANA | RICHARD GOTT | WALDEN BELLO | MARK SERWOTKA | MOSHE LEWIN | ALEX CALLINICOS | JANET ALDER | MARK STEEL | JOHN REES | ROBIN BLACKBURN | MIKE ROSEN

    For more details and to book online go to www.marxism2005.net


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SW Appeal
Sat 30 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1949
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