Europe

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Something remarkable is happening in the UK, the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is, with the support of an energized grassroots base, articulating an economic platform that breaks with neoliberal orthodoxy to outline what an economy that works for the many, not the few, could look like. This new economics is grounded in "alternative models of ownership"—an innovative agenda that builds upwards from community wealth building frameworks for cooperative and municipally owned development at the city level to democratized large scale public ownership at the regional and national level.

This panel will discuss the origins of this platform (including the connections between Cleveland and Preston), the ongoing and accelerating efforts to implement it at the local level while Labour remains out of government (like Corbyn's new "community wealth building unit"), and what lessons the US Left can learn about how a popular economic agenda can be built to challenge the ownership patterns of corporate capitalism at all scales.

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This panel will discuss a key element of Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s 2018 Perspectives––the position that “fighting white nationalism in the tradition of Marx entails the perspective of solidarizing with the so-called ‘white working class’ by decisively defeating Trumpism and other far-right forces. Their defeat will help liberate the ‘white working class’ from the grip of reaction and thereby spur the independent emancipatory self-development of working people as a whole.”

Panelists will address Marx’s perspective of furthering the “independent movement of the workers,” his writings and activity in support of Irish independence and the defeat of the southern US slave states, and their relation to today’s struggles. They will also address the 2018 Perspectives’ view that Trump’s election was not due to an uprising of the “white working class” against “economic distress” brought about by neoliberalism, but an expression of a long-standing white-nationalist strain of US politics.

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Fifty years later, are we approaching a new May 68? In France, massive if dispersed movements are challenging President Macron's neoliberal reforms. Railway workers are striking to challenge givebacks. Students are blocking universities to protest increased tuition fees and inadequate facilities. And this is just the beginning. Workers are mobilizing to resist the erosion of labor protections in the labor reform law that was initiated by executive decree to avoid parliamentary debate. Hospital workers, teachers, and other groups are demonstrating to defend public sectors jobs and services.
In the United States, the Trump administration is similarly seeking to enact policies that favor the wealthy and big business, while students, youth, teachers, people of color, human rights activists, women, and workers are fighting back.
The panel will explore similarities and differences in government policies and resistance movements in the two countries, as well as analyze the implications and possible future outcomes for political forces, particularly the Left.