The deepening radicalisation in Britain’s colleges is feeding into growing interest in Marxism 2006. Hannah Dee, who is organising the event, explains:
“Over 1,300 students have signed up for Marxism 2006. There are already 50 students coming from the School of African and Oriental Studies in central London, 30 from Manchester University and 25 from Leeds University. There are also two classes coming from a school and an FE college in London.
“As part of the wider radicalisation going on there is a definite interest in Marxist ideas. People want to come together to discuss. The sense I get is people want to discuss strategies for bringing about real change. The speakers from Latin America and the Middle East are a big draw.
“We are on the edge of overtaking the figure for last year’s attendance and interest is growing.”
Joining the list of acclaimed speakers are former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and the radical economist Andrew Glyn, who will speak on his book Capitalism Unleashed.
Marxism 2006 takes place from 6 to 10 July in central London
Go to www.marxism2006.org.uk