Revolution 2018 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, In Defence of Marxism, and the Marxist Student Federation, with talks and discussions on current events, history, philosophy, and economics.
This year's event commemorates the revolutionary events of 1968 - a year that saw massive movements and protests by workers and students across the world: from the civil rights movement in the USA, to the dramatic events of May '68 in France.
50 years on, with the status quo collapsing all around us, these movements provide important and inspiring lessons for activists looking to organise, fight, and transform the world today.
Buy your ticket now for this exciting Marxist festival and join the revolution!
Rosa Luxemburg and the 1918 German Revolution The French Revolution of May 68 Martin Luther King and the black struggle The Suffragettes and the fight for equality: a century of struggle The Vietnam War How do we fight the far right? Artificial intelligence and nature of consciousness The first 100 days in power: what should Corbyn do? From barter to Bitcoin: what is money? From abortion rights to feminist strikes: the fight for women's emancipation today Trade wars - what are they good for? The 2008 crash to now - a decade of crisis Dialectics: from Hegel to Marx The crisis of liberalism How did capitalism come into being? The English Civil War James Connolly and the struggle for Irish independence Speakers include:
Alan Woods - author of Reason in Revolt Rob Sewell - author of Germany: from Revolution to Counter-Revolution Marie Frederiksen - author of Reclaiming Rosa Luxembourg: a true revolutionary Fred Weston - editor of In Defence of Marxism Adam Booth - author of Understanding Marx's Capital Daniel Morley - regular writer for www.socialist.net Natasha Sorrell - NEU activist
Please note: accommodation is available on a first come, first served basis. This will be provided in hostels and on spare beds, sofas, and extra mattresses, on the basis of needs. If you require accommodation, please add an accommodation ticket (or two) to your order, available for £5 per ticket (one ticket = one night of accommodation).
We also ask that all those attending from London add an additional £10 donation to their order. This is to help subsidise the extra costs involved for those travelling from further afield.
Strikes and protests erupt on women's day in Petrograd and develop into a mass movement involving hundreds of thousands of workers; within 5 days the workers win over the army and bring down the hated and seemingly omnipotent Tsarist Monarchy.
Following the First All-Russian Congress of Soviets, the reformist leaders called a demonstration to show the strength of "democracy". 400,000 people attended, the vast majority carried banners with Bolshevik slogans.
Spontaneous, armed demonstrations against the Provisional Government erupt in Petrograd. The workers and soldiers are suppressed by force, introducing a period of reaction and making the peaceful development of the revolution impossible.
Following the July days, the Bolsheviks were driven underground and the forces of reaction were emboldened. This process culminated in the reactionary forces coalescing around General Kornilov, who attempt to march on Petrograd and crush the revolutionary movement in its entirety.
The Provisional Government is overthrown. State power passes to the Soviets on the morningm of 26th October, after the Bolsheviks’ Military Revolutionary Committee seize the city and the cabinet surrenders.
The February Revolution saw a mass strike develop from below at a furious pace which posed the question of state power within a week of its inception. Workers in Petrograd took to the streets against intolerable bread shortages, the slaughter…
Kornilov’s failed coup brought the direct action of the masses into play again, and proved to them once and for all that they were the only force in society capable of transforming their own living conditions. For the first time,…
The following series of articles provides in-depth analyses and first-hand accounts of the events immediately preceding, during and after the greatest event in human history: the October Revolution, in addition to reflections on its aftermath.