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These are notes for a talk Peter Jones did at Marxism 2012 on the ABC of Marxist Economics.
The Conference showed me yet again that Socialist Alternative is an organisation serious about understanding the world around it, engaging with it and changing it where possible and debating ideas and developing its own in the context of Marxist thought. It is serious about turning the world upside down to rid it of poverty, war, exploitation, oppression and the real threat of environmental catastrophe.
We have the capacity to do all that now with the level of the productive forces already developed but a system designed for profit cannot and will not address in any meaningful way these issues. Capitalism chains us to the past. However it has created the majority class, the working class, with the power to do liberate humanity through setting up its own organs of rule and determining democratically what is to be produced. That is socialism.
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I am at Marxism 2012 in Melbourne. It is inspiring. The first night panel included activists from the US, the Philippines, Japan and Australia. I am sure they will agree with me that the night belonged to the brave, wonderful and fantastic Malalai Joya and her struggle, along with many more Afghan people, against the US occupation of her country and her equally strong rejection of and fight against fundamentalism.
The Marxism 2012 conference in Melbourne over Easter promises to be the largest left wing conference in Australia this year. From Thursday 5 April to Sunday 8 April, hundreds of activists, socialists, writers and revolutionaries from across the world and around the country will descend on Melbourne University Student Union to discuss and debate the issues confronting those of us who want to see a better world.
MALALAI JOYA will be speaking at Marxism 2012 Opening Night session in Melbourne! With her on stage this coming Thursday night 5 April from 6.30 pm at Melbourne Uni will be numerous other international speakers.
John Pilger, Malalai Joya, Gary Foley, Mamdouh Habib and many many more – get your tickets to Marxism 2012 now!
Marxism 2012 will be run over 4 days during the Easter weekend in Melbourne Australia, Thursday April 5th – Sunday April 8th. The conference features over 70 sessions and international guest speakers on a huge range of topics – from radical history to women’s and LGBTI liberation, imperialism and the Middle East, socialist theory, the global economic crisis and workers’ struggles today.
Marxism 2012: Revolution in the Air over the Easter Weekend (April 5-8) features over 70 sessions including film maker John Pilger, Occupy Wall St activist Leia Pettey & anti-nuclear Japanese journalist Chie Matsumoto PLUS socialists and activists from Palestine, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Philippines, Greece, Zimbabwe and Egypt. Buy your tickets now @ www.marxismconference.org