Struggles, Trade Unions, Workers

Review of the Capitalism Crisis

The event, ‘Ideas for Liberty’ , which aims to reflect on capitalism and its current crisis will be held from the 29th of June until the 1st of July.


Ana M. Badía

The current economic crisis has opened some new points for debate. The decline of the euro does not only affect the economic policies of the countries that are suffering from this decline, but it is also scarring the rest of their governmental actions.

The banking rescue packages and the sharp cuts that governments are making in countries like Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain, in order to comply with the Euro zone mandates, will demolish the welfare state. This is something that is felt by workers; unemployment increases, as does the number of precarious jobs with salaries bordering on disgraceful.

In the United Kingdom, the pound means that the British do not have to worry about the comings and goings of the euro, although this does not mean that they escape the crisis.

The capitalist system today is questionable and so the organisation ‘Worker’s Liberty’ has organised an event aimed at its study and debate.

This event will take place from the 29th of June until the 1st of July in the Highgate Community Centre, Newtown under the name ‘Ideas for Liberty’ . The meeting aims to delve into the crisis of the stated political-economic system.

“This year “Ideas for Liberty” will focus on the compression of capitalism and on which type of anti-capitalist policies are necessary to tackle the system and overthrow it” say organisers on their website.  The site also states that this event combines a serious and reflective focus of socialist ideas with a direct commitment to activism for workers, students, feminists and other movements.

We put emphasis on accessibility, self regulation, mutual education and free debate.”

According to their programme, the event commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the workers’ fight of 1972, while it discusses the Greek revolution, the 30 years since the Falklands War and women and capitalism, among other things.

33 Revolutions per Minute

“Ideas for Liberty” also has a space for culture.  Music as well as cinema and writing, feeds largely on the social movements with those living through the current economic situation and political performances.

Therefore, it is not unusual to find the discography of several groups calling it ‘canción protesta – protest song’.  Pop and politics, battle and song, are sometimes intertwined.

In order to see how social movements have influenced composers of that period, the journalist Dorian Lynskey will be involved in the event leading a discussion on certain areas of his book, ’33 Revolutions per minute’.

Lynskey will be accompanied by the hip-hop artist ‘The Kid Ruby’.  The protest music will form part of the stalls, debates and talks organised by ‘Worker’s Liberty’, an organisation that fights for a socialist alternative to capitalism based on common property and democracy, at the event running from the 29th of June until the 1st of July.

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