Join Marx21 for a live discussion of the inspiring, but disappointing, phenomena of the Bernie Sanders (in the US) and Jeremy Corbyn (UK) campaigns, the trajectory of Syryza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, reformism and socialist politics today.
In the aftermath of the defeat of the two very inspiring social-democratic electoral campaigns of Bernie and Corbyn, millions of people who had hoped for change have been bitterly disappointed. Now with the Covid-19 crisis and a level of mass unemployment not seen since the 1930s, the urgent need for a radical break with Capitalism is laid bare. Following the 2008 crisis, we saw the emergence of left reformist parties like Syriza and Podemos. Both galvanized the popular imagination and inspired socialists of different stripes internationally. Syriza betrayed the aspirations of Greek workers by reversing the OXI (NO) referendum with the Troika agreement. And recently Podemos has sided with the Spanish State against the independence movement in Catalonia and joined in government with the Socialist Party (PSOE), one of the parties that orchestrated the austerity that gave rise to the “Indignados” movement of the squares that in the turn gave rise to Podemos. Join us as Clare Lemlich (Marx21 US) and Charlie Kimber (Editor Socialist Worker, Britain) discuss what happened, reformism and socialist politics today. Saturday, May 30, 2020 11 am Pacific Time, 2 pm Eastern Standard Time, Facebook live, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/607502620117587/.