Will Self: Is the Left Dead? @ Emmanuel Centre, London [31 July]

Will Self: Is the Left Dead?

18:45 - 21:00

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Emmanuel Centre
9 Marsham Street, SW1P 3DW London, United Kingdom
Tickets & Info: hhttps://bit.ly/2HxBKix
Venue: The Emmanuel Centre
Doors: 6:45pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.
Early Bird: £22 / Standard Tickets: £25

Intellectual heavyweight Will Self takes to the Funzing stage to discuss what he sees as the decline of the left in global politics. With the far-right on the rise and the left in disarray, what does the future hold for socialism? Witness a parsing down of the history of the Left and an obituary on the movement as a whole.

When Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in 2015, many commentators were quick to argue that this represented a step back for the party, that Labour had effectively dug its own grave.

Two years later, Corbyn brought the party it's strongest election result in two decades. For many, this looked like the dawn of a new age of Leftist politics in Britain.

Since then, the Corbyn flame has begun to dwindle. Political infighting, anti-semitism rows, and disagreements over the EU have created a divided opposition at a time when they should be able to dominate the incumbent regime. This a pattern repeated the world over; the failures of Occupy, the rise of Trump, and Brexit.

Does the cause of this impotence lie in the very ideology of socialism itself? Does the philosophy of Marx and Engels really have relevant answers to a 21st-century economy and society? Is the Left dead and if so, what remains to take its place?

Will Self will be discussing his own battles with this topic, detailing his personal journey from Socialist to sceptic. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what is set up to be a riveting discussion on some of the most pressing political points of our time from one of the brightest minds in contemporary literature.

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