After the success of our first stream on the ‘Landscapes of Corbynism’, The Great Moving Left Show invites you to the first session in our second stream of participatory, political discussions. This time on ‘Confronting Capital’.
The City, as London’s financial centre is known, is the world’s biggest international banking and foreign exchange market, shaping the development of global capital. It is also a crucial part of the mechanism of power in the world economy. All big international companies – not just the banks – utilise this system, and Tony Norfield (author & former banker) will show us how the operations of the City of London are critical both for British capitalism and for world finance. If you imagine you don’t like ‘finance’ but have no problem with the capitalist market system, think again: it turns out the two cannot be separated. He will also be discussing the Labour Party’s reform ambitions in this context.
The event will begin at 6.30pm, and will be followed by a social in which attendees can meet, greet and have a drink!
The Great Moving Left Show strives to be an intellectual workshop for the Corbyn project. It seeks to provide a much-needed space where the collective intellectual capacities of the left become focussed on the political and strategic questions posed today. Acting as a intellectual pole of attraction, the series will seek to provide a supportive role in developing the political ideas of the Corbyn project, taking on the crucial question of how to elaborate a socialist strategy under neoliberal capitalism. It will seek to fill the lack of intellectual-political spaces where practicable knowledge for the left can be produced and discussed. Without these material spaces of self-education, new generations coming into socialist ideas will find it harder to develop. Paraphrasing the title of Stuart Hall’s 1979 essay, The Great Moving Left Show seeks to deepen and develop the radical new possibilities for transformation that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has opened up.
Session 2: Friday 26th April, 6.30pm at SOAS with James Meadway (former economics adviser to Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell) discussing ‘Corbynomics’.
Session 3: Friday 10th May, 6.30pm at the May Day Rooms with Amy Horton (academic and activist) discussing ‘the financialisation of care’.
Session 4: Friday 17th May, 6.30pm at SOAS with Grace Blakeley (research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research & economics commentator at The New Statesmen) discussing ‘the financialisation of everyday life’.