Seize the state? Abolish the state? In and against the state? Few topics have been the subject of as much debate on the radical left as the state and how socialists should approach it. In this session a variety of speakers will discuss some of the different leftist perspectives about the state and the difficulties a Labour administration will face when governing the British state. Come and discuss what strategies we should be pursuing today.
Writer, activist, historian and filmmaker. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review
Leo Panitch is a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University. Co-Author of ‘The End of Parliamentary Socialism’ with Colin Leys.
Editor of Open Democracy UK
Debbie is a journalist, author and co-editor of The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy, essays by her father, Murray Bookchin. She served as press secretary to Bernie Sanders when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives
Nisha Kapoor is a lecturer at the Sociology Department of Warwick University. She works on racism and the security state, looking at issues ranging from immigration, citizenship, criminalisation and Islamophobia. She is the author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism.
The World Transformed is a 4-day festival of art, music and politics, running alongside the Labour Party conference in Brighton, working to build left power both inside and outside of parliament.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925.