MAPPING SOCIALIST STRATEGIES
August 1-4 - Briarcliff Manor/New York
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From August 1-4 in Briarcliff Manor, NY, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office will bring together 100 influential progressives and leftists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe for an “un-conference” on socialist strategies.
While socialism has a long history in Europe, Canada, and even the United States, in recent decades socialists on both sides of the North Atlantic have found it difficult to fight the neoliberal tide. Whether it is the capitulation of center-left politicians to neoliberal orthodoxy, the rise of austerity, or shifting class formations, the state of capitalism looks remarkably similar throughout the North Atlantic region. Meanwhile, the term “socialist” has most often been used as an epithet to denigrate any government policy that benefits ordinary people at the expense of the wealthy.
It is time for those of us who oppose capitalism and wish to transform society to proudly reclaim the socialist label. Many are already engaged in struggles of survival, resistance, and progressive reform. How can we support this necessary work while at the same time linking it to broader strategies for societal transformation? Can our movements add up to something greater than the sum of their parts? In an electoral context that is structurally inhospitable to socialist challenges, how can the left constitute itself politically and with strategic effectiveness?
This gathering will serve as a place to develop strategic concepts for the Left’s political interventions, both at a national level and also through international collaboration. As a center for international dialogue, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office is committed to building connections between unions, social movements, academia, and other progressive institutions in the United States, Canada, and Europe. We have extensive experience working at the intersection of party and social movement politics to develop a pluralistic and non-sectarian form of democratic socialism. At RLS–NYC, we believe that only with such a reconstituted Left will we have a chance to get out of this mess and bring about transformative change in the West’s advanced economies.
In preparing the gathering, we have worked with an Advisory Group consisting of Greg Albo, Laura Flanders, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Rachel LaForest, Sarah Leonard, John Nichols, Frances Fox Piven, Bhaskar Sunkara, Maria Svart, Sean Sweeney, Bill Tabb, and Steve Williams.
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