11.00am – 5.00pm
A socialist day school to discuss the changing power relations in the world and what it means for the future.
Saturday 28 October, 11:30 – 17:00
Location: OneKX, 120 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8BS (also online)
Imperialism(s) and the New Cold War
With Gilbert Achcar (author of The New Cold War) and Au Loong Yu (author of Hong Kong in Revolt and the Future of China)
The politics of the new far right
With Derek Wall, author of Climate Strike; and Rowan Fortune (Anti*Capitalist Resistance)
Internationalism and solidarity today
With Hanna Perekhoda (Ukrainian socialist), Simon Hannah (Anti*Capitalist Resistance); Penelope Duggan (Fourth International)
American imperialist supremacy is being challenged by the rise of China. Putin is reinventing Russia’s own imperialism with the invasion of Ukraine. Other major players have their own imperialist ambitions. India, the most populous country in the world, is set to become the third largest economy by the end of the decade.
Washington has been stoking a New Cold War since the late 1990s through NATO expansion. The USA is still the top dog in the global capitalist system of competing imperialist states. But anti-imperialists and internationalists cannot ignore the repression and exploitation by non-Western states opposed to Washington.
Many of these states are seeing the rise of the far right and creeping fascism. This movement is using climate, refugees, or gender to spread nationalist and reactionary ideas in the working class to undermine internationalist solidarity, let alone simple humanitarian sentiments.
The outcome of the war in Ukraine will determine the shape of politics for the period ahead. It is an imperialist war to annex the country, dressed up with nationalist rhetoric by Putin. So, the people of Ukraine have to be supported in their fight for liberation, while also supporting the Ukrainian left and trade unions opposing the neoliberal attacks of the Zelenski government.
In these dangerous times, resisting the growing authoritarianism and creeping fascism is urgent. Anti-imperialism and internationalist solidarity today means not just fighting the ruling class in our own country, but helping the fight against capitalism and reaction around the world.
Join us for a day of discussion on the meaning of internationalism today. Online and in-person (London)
Organised by ACR