Imagining a post-capitalist future – new Brighton reading group set up


A new reading group has been set up in Brighton to discuss the idea of a post-capitalist future. What should life after capitalism look like and how should it be organised? It is an open group meant to bring together different ideas of how we work towards and implement an entirely different society.

These are vital and prescient questions for our time. There is widespread discontent, opposition and resistance globally to the seemingly unending capitalist offensive on living standards, and active participation and involvement in this resistance, is the bread and butter work of the radical left.
But this is also the right time to discuss how we turn the widespread social discontent into a programme of socio-political, economic and cultural transformation that will create a post-capitalist future capable of realising the full potential of human creativity, a genuinely fair and equal society in which people’s dignity and the conditions of their living are at the forefront of the economy. What do we want this society to look like? How do we want it to be organized and run? How should we ensure that the delivery of essential welfare services are never compromised again? What will a post-capitalist education system entail? How do we work towards a system of law that is not based upon private property and capitalist privilege? What forms of STATEHOOD will allow the realization of a postcapitalist future?
These are just some of the many difficult questions that we need to reflect on. The idea of this discussion group is to mobilise the ideas and practices of trends that are already happening in civil society, and provide a non-sectarian space to debate ways in which our common goals can be achieved.To kick off the series, we will look at the struggles over the transformation of urban life provides a potential site for both transforming capitalism and different forms of statehood. In a world increasingly interconnected through digital social media, the sharing of political ideas and goals across nations means that the nation-state based on historical imaginations of ethnic and linguistic homogeneity should be increasingly archaic.
To provide a springboard for discussion, we will be looking at Chapter 1 of David Harvey’s excellent ‘Rebel Cities,’ published in 2012.
It is not compulsory to read it, but might be a good starting point for the evening’s discussion.Check out the Facebook eventSo please join us in Fulton 212 at 2pm next Wednesday 10 October, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton.
Organised by the Brighton New Left Initiative 

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