Hilary Wainwright & Gary Younge: A New Politics From The Left
8 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| £5
Join us for a discussion between Hilary Wainwright and Guardian editor and journalist Gary Younge to celebrate the publication of Hilary’s A NEW POLITICS FROM THE LEFT.
Millions of people passionately desire a viable alternative to austerity, authoritarianism and fear. They reject both corporate capitalism and an elite political system over which they have no control, but they are sceptical of the traditional weapons of the left: seizing state power and devising top-down solutions. They are inventing a new politics based on principles of participatory democracy, co-operation and self-government. In this urgent and original polemic, activist and academic Hilary Wainwright shows that this new politics must start from sharing the tacit knowledge and creativity of each individual. Power should not be exercised as domination, the imposition of paternalistic rule by well-meaning experts, but as a collaborative exercise in nurturing and asserting the transformative capacity of the many. Wainwright analyses what this new politics can learn from recent history, from the women’s and radical shop stewards’ movements in the 1970s and 80s to radical economic and democratic experiments in the 21st century. She thereby provides an inspiration for a future that combines solidarity with autonomy. It will be a resource for activists and radicals everywhere.
HILARY WAINWRIGHT is co-editor of Red Pepper and research director of the New Politics Project of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam. Her most recent books include Public Service Reform: But Not As We Know It! (Compass/UNISON) and Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy (Seagull).
GARY YOUNGE is editor-at-large for the Guardian. His latest book, Another Day in the Death of America, published by Guardian Faber, is out now.
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