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ONSITE & ONLINE LECTURE: Trade Unions and Imperialism

This is the second in a series of three lectures on Trade Unions and the Labour Party: The influence of Economism, Imperialism and Syndicalism with Alex Gordon and Mary Davis

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 - 7:00pm
37a Clerkenwell Green, Marx Memorial Library & Workers School, ec1r 0du, EC1R 0DU
Email: m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 02072531485

This lecture will examine

  • Imperialism, 'labour aristocracy', eugenics and racist ideology
  • Reformsim vs socialism
  • Why no mass Marxist party in Britain?
  • The 'Labourist' compromise: the British Labour Party - origins and development

This series of 3 lectures/discussions, delivered by Alex Gordon and Mary Davis, will analyse the historic relationship between British trade unions and the Labour Party. It will examine the development of the uniquely labourist form of British social democracy and question why, unlike other European countries, this has led to reformism rather than Marxism as it’s the dominant creed of the British Labour Movement. This analysis will be placed in the context of comprehending the role of British imperialism and the mass penetration of its racist and eugenicist ideology. Following this we will look at today’s debate relating to the trade union/Labour Party link and assess this in terms of an understanding of economism from both right- and left-wing perspectives. Finally, we assess the limits of economism and other impediments to the essential task of the development of class consciousness in the fight to end capitalist exploitation and oppression. 


Those registering for online access will receive a zoomk link via eventbrite 24 hours before the event starts.