Over the past weekend, nearly 2,000 people arrived in Spain by sea, most travelling in totally inadequate boats for the journey, risking their lives in the process. The vessel Aquarius drew media attention after the newly installed president, Pedro Sánchez, decided to allow its passengers in after Italy refused to let them shore up. The ship was carrying 629 people, 123 of them under 18, who were mainly travelling on their own.

In the seaside town of Brighton and Hove, home to Britain’s only Green Member of Parliament, the most infamous man in Europe would need no introduction; and so it was last month, when crowds numbering in their thousands flocked to see an ex-finance minister of a failed state discuss the nature of Europe, the collapse of the world economy and what to do about it.

In his latest book, And The Weak Suffer What They Must?, Yanis Varoufakis (“the most interesting man in the world” according to Business Insider) offers a potted history of post-war global finance, the rise of the euro, and its spectacular fall, along with his own prognosis and solution for the interminable crisis of European capitalism.

At midnight on Saturday, March 19, the EU-Turkey agreement on refugees came into effect. Refugee processing hotspots on the Greek island were emptied, aid agencies and volunteers expelled, and the open migrant centres became closed detention facilities where refugees will be prepared for deportation to Turkey. This is a shameful agreement, quite possibly in violation of international law, which reveals the extreme callousness of the racist, capitalist European Union. To cap it all, while the Middle-East remains in turmoil, these reactionary measures will do little to stem the flow of migrants.

As the EU’s ongoing political and economic crisis enters a new and potentially decisive phase, parts of the ruling class are beginning to question whether the Union’s strategic goal of “ever closer union” can really be achieved, and some are doubtful as to whether it would even be desirable.

The current refugee crisis has brought out some of the horrors of capitalist society, as well as the contrast between the basic human solidarity of ordinary working people and the cold calculation and callousness of capitalist rulers in Europe and elsewhere.

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Revolution 2018 - a three-day festival of Marxist ideas

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Revolution 2018 - a three-day festival of Marxist ideas
Revolution 2018 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, In Defence...
Free event
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.

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Topics include:

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

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