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22 February 2024

Andrew Feinstein, writer, campaigner, exANC MP and author of 'The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade'

Andrew Feinstein was born in South Africa, worked with the ANC under Apartheid and was subsequently elected an ANC MP (later resigning in protest at a government arms deal). He has since lived in Britain. In 2011 Penguin published his Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade described by the Washington Post as ‘possibly the most comprehensively complete account ever written’

8 February 2024

Professor David Lane and discussants Andrew Murray and Radhika Desai; 

The twentieth century was an era of socialist revolutionary transformations and significant social-democratic reforms. By the twenty-first century, these socialist inspired movements have largely disappeared, their ideology had been disavowed, and their institutions dismantled. In the first part of the book, David Lane explains which social forces drove them and why, initially, they were successful. He considers how they were consequently reversed in the context of global neoliberal capitalism which became a dominant ideology driven by political and economic elites with significant social support and political legitimacy.

Underlying these developments, he describes the changing economic and social structure of capitalism and the geo-political consequences of globalisation.  He defines the key areas in which neoliberal capitalism can be faulted. In the second part of the book, he considers current social and political movements and points to alternative forms of capitalism, notably state capitalist formations, as well as its replacement.  Here he summarises the merits and limitations of proposed social-democratic reforms, or reversals of globalisation, proposals for self-sustaining autonomous communities, the limits of ecological reforms, and ideas about a globalised form of socialism.

Finally, he outlines his own proposals to move to economic and political coordination predicated on combining market socialism and statist forms of planning.

 

20 January 2024

Commemorating the the centenary of Lenin's death 1924-2024

This symposium will open with a panel on Lenin in London, followed by an opportunity to visit our 'Lenin Room' in person, or virtually if attending online.

The afternoon will include three sessions on Lenin's intellectual and political legacy including an exploration of Lenin on imperialism and the labour aristocracy, and his thinking on the state and revolution.

Speakers include

  • Bob Henderson (author of the Spark that Lit the Revolution: Lenin in London)
  • Professor Mary Davis 
  • Jonathan White (author of Making our History: A Users Guide to Historical Materialism)
  • Vijay Prashad (Indian historian & journalist, author of forty books)
20 January 2024

Three speakers on Lenin's intellectual and political legacy including an exploration of Lenin on imperialism and the labour aristocracy, and his thinking on the state and revolution.

  • Professor Mary Davis 
  • Jonathan White (author of Making our History: A Users Guide to Historical Materialism)
  • Vijay Prashad (Indian historian & journalist, author of forty books)
30 November 2023

A panel discussion convened by Gawain Little General Secretary of the GFTU


Our panel is set to deliberate on the latest surge in industrial militancy - its origins and impact - , examining challenges and opportnities in organising and sustaining collective action. The discussion will delve into the lessons gleaned from recent experiences and outline the strategic steps forward, especially in the face of escalating legal assaults on trade union freedoms. We will hear from:

Alex Gordon, President of the RMT
Helen O’Connor, Organiser at GMB
Xav Cohen, Organiser at Unison

Our panellists are speaking in a personal capacity