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Red Pepper’s special issue, guest edited by The World Transformed’s organisers, contains a range of articles looking ahead to the debates and discussions at the event. Look out for it in Brighton.
Dangerous Deals in the Dark: Trade After Brexit Saturday, 13:00-14:40, 68 Middle St
As they prepare to leave the EU, the UK government is pushing for dodgy trade deals with Donald Trump – and it’s all happening behind closed doors. This session, organised by Global Justice Now, will shine a light.
Black Journalism Fund open editorial meeting Saturday, 15:00-17:00, 68 Middle St
The Black Journalism Fund, launched by Red Pepper early this year, has produced a series of great articles including ‘Theresa May’s tough line on immigration punishes British children’ and ‘The violence of coltan: purchase of a global silence’, as well as our ‘Empire will eat itself’ special issue. Now it’s branching out and holding its regular open editorial meeting as part of TWT – come and hear from participants and get involved. (People of colour only.)
New Technologies, New Politics Saturday, 17:30-19:10, Sallis Benney Theatre
If you’re interested in the work of radical geographer David Harvey, here’s a rare chance to see him talk tech, looking at whether technologies from computing to synthetic biology open the way to a new society. He’ll be chatting with ‘fully automated luxury communist’ Aaron Bastani and technology writer Alice Bell.
Hello to the Working Class? Saturday, 19:30-21:30, Brighthelm Centre
Is class politics back? What does it mean to be working class today? Gargi Bhattacharyya – who recently took on the myth of the ‘white working class’ in our pages – speaks alongside Laura Pidcock, the new MP who shook Westminster by saying parliament ‘reeks of the establishment’.
Party at the Synergy Centre Doors open 20:30
The Saturday party features Shay D, Feminist Jukebox DJs and more.
Cultural Democracy: Relaunching Arts for Labour Sunday, 15:00-16:40, Fabrica
‘In every child there is a poem…’ Jeremy Corbyn told the crowds at Glastonbury. What would a truly radical Labour Party cultural policy look like? Drawing on the traditions of Jennie Lee and Raymond Williams, this session re-launches Arts for Labour.
‘Politics of a Parallel Reality’: Understanding Corbynism Sunday, 17:30-19:10, Fabrica
The commentators said support for Corbyn is a ‘cult of personality’, or an outbreak of ‘virtue signalling’, or dozens of other ridiculous explanations, only to claim after the general election that no one could ever have seen Corbyn’s popularity coming. Join some of the few journalists who did try to understand the movement – including Alex Nunns, Red Pepper political correspondent and author of The Candidate – for a discussion about two years of Corbynism.
The role of the political artist Sunday, 17:30-19:15, Synergy
The general election saw a range of artists helping to drive home the message that change is possible. But for many, the political function of art is deeper than drumming up votes – and political obsession can make for dull art. So how can artists be both radical and relevant? Ken Loach and Lowkey are joined by Barby Asante and Rhiannon White, with Red Pepper co-editor Ashish Ghadiali.
Mental Health Sunday, 19:30-21:10, Synergy Arts Cafe
This session will ask where the mental health crisis comes from, what the effects are of poverty and inequality – and might there be something about capitalism itself that makes us sick?
Pop-up Think Tank on Trade Unions Monday, from 11:00, Synergy (six sessions)
Throughout the day, TWT’s ‘pop-up think tank’ examines the state of the trade union movement, and the challenges ahead, including precarious work, new forms of workplace organising, the uses and abuses of technology and the role of trade unions in the Labour Party – and vice versa.
Cultural democracy: writing the manifesto Monday, 11:00-13:00, 68 Middle St
In the second of the sessions on cultural democracy, drawing on the previous day’s discussions, this session puts participatory tools to the task of writing a manifesto that puts culture at the centre not the margins of our social and political lives. Bring your ideas.
Hegemony or One More Heave? Building a Progressive Bloc for Transformative Change Monday, 15:00-16:40, Fabrica
Red Pepper co-editor Hilary Wainwright is one of the speakers at this session, looking at the value of pluralism in progressive politics, while trying to take the idea of ‘progressive alliances’ away from being a question of unlikely deals with the Lib Dems, towards including grassroots groups and civil society. Labour MPs Lisa Nandy and Clive Lewis join the panel.
Governing From the Radical Left Monday, 19:30-21:30, Synergy
A question gently hangs over this year’s Labour conference and TWT: what happens if Labour wins the next election? Shadow chancellor John McDonnell joins Paul Mason to talk about the challenges ahead, at home and internationally. Theano Fotiou, a minister in Greece’s Syriza government, will be there to give some advice (or perhaps warning).
Acid Corbynism Monday, 21:15-00:30, Fabrica
It’s like Corbynism… on acid. Jeremy Gilbert explains himself in this evening of theory, music and drinks, inspired by the idea of Acid Corbynism, and organised in memory of radical writer Mark Fisher.
Arming Repression Tuesday, 11:00-13:00, Synergy
The recent DSEI arms show was a reminder that the UK sells weapons to brutal regimes the world over, where they are used to commit torture and war crimes. This session, organised by War on Want and Campaign Against the Arms Trade, brings together activists campaigning to end the deadly deals.
Corbynism From Below Tuesday, 13:00-14:40, Synergy
How can we help to deliver on the promise of Labour’s manifesto, working inside and outside of government? Organised by new online publication New Socialist, the discussion will include The Corbyn Effect contributor Maya Goodfellow and former Corbyn spokesperson and Twitter trail-blazer Matt Zarb-Cousin. (And it’s another chance to hear Red Pepper’s Hilary Wainwright.)
The End of Neoliberalism? Tuesday, 15:00-16:50, Komedia Studio
What is neoliberalism, how has it shaped society over the last 30 years – and if it is falling apart, what comes after? Featuring Red Pepper co-editor Ruth Potts, whose Aug/Sep issue of the magazine called time on neoliberalism, in discussion with Postcapitalism author Paul Mason and others.
Party at the Synergy Centre Doors open 20:00
Tuesday’s closing gig not only brings you Horse Meat Disco and more, but also a live edition of Novara Media’s online debate show The Fix. Or, if you’re feeling tough enough, you might prefer to go to the TWT pub quiz hosted by none other than Ed Miliband, starting at the same time in Komedia Main Space.
The police spend little of their time making arrests, and most crimes are not solved, writes Alex Vitale – their real purpose is social control
Many important things happened on conference floor, reports Alex Nunns – but you wouldn’t know it from reading the newspapers
Radhika Desai says Capital by Karl Marx is still an essential read on the 150th anniversary of its publication
The Spanish state is seizing ballot papers and raiding meetings, write Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte – but it is being met with united resistance
The crunch executive meeting ahead of Labour conference agreed some welcome changes, writes Michael Calderbank, but there is still much further to go
Dipesh Pandya speaks to documentary film-maker Sanjay Kak, who for 30 years has been working outside the mainstream to tell a story rooted in the struggles of those excluded by India’s militarism and its narrative of neoliberal growth
Jeremy Gilbert on how radical Labour politics can be inspired by the utopianism of the counterculture
Disasters have unequal impacts – it's the poor and marginalised who suffer most. David Harvey writes on Hurricane Harvey
#MeToo is necessary – but I’m sick of having to prove my humanity
Women are expected to reveal personal trauma to be taken seriously, writes Eleanor Penny
Universal credit isn’t about saving money – it’s about disciplining unemployed people
The scheme has cost a fortune and done nothing but cause suffering. So why does it exist at all? Tom Walker digs into universal credit’s origins in Tory ideology
Meet the digital feminists
We're building new online tools to create a new feminist community and tackle sexism wherever we find it, writes Franziska Grobke
The Marikana women’s fight for justice, five years on
Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Sikhala Sonke, a grassroots social justice group led by the women of Marikana
Forget ‘Columbus Day’ – this is the Day of Indigenous Resistance
By Leyli Horna, Marcela Terán and Sebastián Ordonez for Wretched of the Earth
Uber and the corporate capture of e-petitions
Steve Andrews looks at a profit-making petition platform's questionable relationship with the cab company
You might be a centrist if…
What does 'centrist' mean? Tom Walker identifies the key markers to help you spot centrism in the wild
Black Journalism Fund Open Editorial Meeting in Leeds
Friday 13th October, 5pm to 7pm, meeting inside the Laidlaw Library, Leeds University
This leadership contest can transform Scottish Labour
Martyn Cook argues that with a new left-wing leader the Scottish Labour Party can make a comeback
Review: No Is Not Enough
Samir Dathi reviews No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics, by Naomi Klein
Building Corbyn’s Labour from the ground up: How ‘the left’ won in Hackney South
Heather Mendick has gone from phone-banker at Corbyn for Leader to Hackney Momentum organiser to secretary of her local party. Here, she shares her top tips on transforming Labour from the bottom up
Five things to know about the independence movement in Catalonia
James O'Nions looks at the underlying dynamics of the Catalan independence movement
‘This building will be a library!’ From referendum to general strike in Catalonia
Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte report from the Catalan general strike, as the movements prepare to build a new republic
Chlorine chickens are just the start: Liam Fox’s Brexit trade free-for-all
A hard-right free marketer is now in charge of our trade policy. We urgently need to develop an alternative vision, writes Nick Dearden
There is no ‘cult of Corbyn’ – this is a movement preparing for power
The pundits still don’t understand that Labour’s new energy is about ‘we’ not ‘me’, writes Hilary Wainwright
Debt relief for the hurricane-hit islands is the least we should do
As the devastation from recent hurricanes in the Caribbean becomes clearer, the calls for debt relief for affected countries grow stronger, writes Tim Jones
‘Your credit score is not sufficient to enter this location’: the risks of the ‘smart city’
Jathan Sadowski explains techno-political trends of exclusion and enforcement in our cities, and how to overcome this new type of digital oppression
Why I’m standing with pregnant women and resisting NHS passport checks
Dr Joanna Dobbin says the government is making migrant women afraid to seek healthcare, increasing their chances of complications or even death
‘Committees in Defence of the Referendum’: update from Catalonia
Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte on developments as the Catalan people resist the Spanish state's crackdown on their independence referendum
The rights and safety of LGBTQ+ people are not guaranteed – we must continue to fight for them
Kennedy Walker looks at the growth in hate attacks at a time when the Tory government is being propped up by homophobes
Naomi Klein: the Corbyn movement is part of a global phenomenon
What radical writer Naomi Klein said in her guest speech to Labour Party conference
Waiting for the future to begin: refugees’ everyday lives in Greece
Solidarity volunteer Karolina Partyga on what she has learned from refugees in Thessaloniki
Don’t let Uber take you for a ride
Uber is no friend of passengers or workers, writes Lewis Norton – the firm has put riders at risk and exploited its drivers
Acid Corbynism’s next steps: building a socialist dance culture
Matt Phull and Will Stronge share more thoughts about the postcapitalist potential of the Acid Corbynist project
Flooding the cradle of civilisation: A 12,000 year old town in Kurdistan battles for survival
It’s one of the oldest continually inhabited places on earth, but a new dam has put Hasankeyf under threat, write Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson
New model activism: Putting Labour in office and the people in power
Hilary Wainwright examines how the ‘new politics’ needs to be about both winning electoral power and building transformative power
What is ‘free movement plus’?
A new report proposes an approach that can push back against the tide of anti-immigrant sentiment. Luke Cooper explains
The World Transformed: Red Pepper’s pick of the festival
Red Pepper is proud to be part of organising The World Transformed, in Brighton from 23-26 September. Here are our highlights from the programme
Working class theatre: Save Our Steel takes the stage
A new play inspired by Port Talbot’s ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign asks questions about the working class leaders of today. Adam Johannes talks to co-director Rhiannon White about the project, the people and the politics behind it
The dawn of commons politics
As supporters of the new 'commons politics' win office in a variety of European cities, Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel chart where this movement came from – and where it may be going