SPGB 2019 Summer School

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SPGB 2019 Summer School

Living the Dream: Being a Socialist in a Capitalist World

The Socialist Party's Summer School will take place between Friday, 2nd and Sunday, 4th of August at Fircroft College, Birmingham B29 6LH

Our political views are shaped by the circumstances we find ourselves in and how we relate to our situation. How does a socialist understanding of capitalism and the aim for a free and equal world compare with other political stances and belief systems? Why should we have a socialist viewpoint? And how does it impact on our lives? Our weekend of talks and discussion looks at what it means to have a socialist outlook in the 21st century.

Fircroft College - https://www.fircroft.ac.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/how-to-find-us

Full residential cost (including accommodation and meals Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) is £100.
https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/product/summer-school-2019/
The concessionary rate is £50.
https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/product/summer-school-concessionary-...
Day visitors are welcome, but please book in advance.

E-mail enquiries should be sent to spgbschool@yahoo.co.uk. Book a place online, or send a cheque (payable to the Socialist Party of Great Britain) with your contact details to Summer School, The Socialist Party, 52 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UN.

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Apr 29 2019 21:59

The first talk has just been announced!

Guest speaker Edmund Griffiths will present:

'Be Realistic: Demand The Inevitable'

This talk will look at the notions of the impossible and the inevitable in a range of belief systems, including (but not limited to) socialism and other political belief systems. Why are people attracted to ideas that seem to be either impossible or inevitable? Or put off by them? What does it mean to campaign for something that might be impossible, or inevitable? What happens when assessments of impossibility or inevitability change? How do people believe that an impossible thing is true anyway? Or that an inevitable thing may never happen?

Besides socialism, the talk will hopefully address impossibility and inevitability in contexts such as liberalism, capitalism, flat earth, the end of the world, extraterrestrial life, Scottish independence etc.

More sessions to be announced soon!

A number of places are still available - book online:

https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/summer-school-2019/

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May 5 2019 09:24

Here's the second session to be announced.

Janet Surman will discuss 'Living In Capitalism As A Socialist'

Profit is the backbone of capitalism and profit is made from a plethora of resources, the greatest and most easily attainable of which is the global human resource, to be found in any village, town or city anywhere on the planet. The capitalist system is well known for waste as a necessary part of maximising profit and there is no greater waste than that of the human potential trapped in non-productive, non-useful work.

This session will take a look at the human misery attached to jobs, to work that many don't really want to do but have to do to survive and will also look at the opposite position when human potential can be fulfilled to the satisfaction, and pleasure even, of billions of individual human beings.

“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.” Oscar Wilde