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Friday, July 3 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Is revolution possible in the 21st century?

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The talk will explore the reasons why so many people believe that socialist revolution is no longer possible in the 21st century and try to show why they are wrong. Among the reasons which it will discuss and reject are disillusion with the prospects of an alternative to capitalism following the collapse of the Stalinist regimes and claims that the working class has been fundamentally weakened by neoliberalism. It will show that the working class has certainly changed under neoliberalism, but that this need not be an obstacle to to new revolutions if socialists can find ways of relating to the new conditions.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
We Cannot Escape History: States and Revolution by Neil Davidson
How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions by Neil Davidson
Holding Fast to an Image of the Past by Neil Davidson

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Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson lectures in Sociology at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the International Socialists Scotland/RS21 and a supporter of the Radical Independence Campaign. Neil is the author several books, including Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize, How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? (2012) and, most recently, Holding Fast... Read More →

Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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