RLS–NYC AT THE HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE
May 17-20, 2018 - Montreal
From May 17-20, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office will participate in the conference The Great Transition: Setting the Stage for a Post-Capitalist Society in Montréal, Québec. Organized as part of the Historical Materialism network and jointly hosted by the “Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme”, Critical Social Theory at McGill, and the Institut de recherche sur l’émancipation, the gathering brings together critiques of capitalism with a discussion of anti-capitalist transition strategies and reflections on post-capitalist models.
At the conference, our office hosts a panel on Before Post-Capitalism: Waging the Defensive Struggle with a United Front, which debates how we can connect the left vision of a post-capitalist society to the political reality of today as we are increasingly confronted with the curtailment of democratic freedoms. Featuring Michael Brie (RLS-Berlin), Harmony Goldberg (Grassroots Policy Project), and Ethan Young (Left Labor Project), this panel will look at concrete strategies—as well as challenges—of participatory movements that seek to shape the contours of their society.
In addition, we are co-sponsoring a panel on Political Parties and their Transition Strategies, with participation of Lorenz Gösta Beutin (Die Linke, Germany), Hendrik Davi (France Insoumise, France), Alejandra Zaga Mendes (Québec solidaire, Canada), and Talíria Petrone (Partido Socialismo e Liberdade, Brazil). A third panel will reflect on The Socialism of Karl Polanyi, with contributions by Pascal Lebrun (École d’études politiques de l’Université d’Ottawa, Canada), Michael Brie (RLS-Berlin), Kari Polanyi Levitt (McGill University, Canada), and Claus Thomasberger (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany).
In this timely publication, authors Sean Sweeney and John Treat do away with some of the more persistent myths around energy and emissions trends related to transport. Focusing their analysis on passenger road transport, they make a strong case that if we want to mitigate climate change, we need to expand public transport options. Theirs is an urgent cause given the fact that, as a result of global land......
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