LookLeft Forum – Realising a Left Alternative – Erik Olin Wright February 21, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, The Left.
Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin.
Saturday 2 March, 2pm.
Erik Olin-Wright, American Marxist sociologist, will give a talk which contrasts the three broad strategic visions that have characterized the history of anti-capitalist social and political struggles: A ruptural vision, that imagines transcending capitalism through a fairly abrupt seizure of power that creates a disjuncture in the fundamental institutions and social structures of a society; an interstitial vision, that proposes building emancipatory alternatives inside of the existing society in whatever spaces make this possible; and a symbiotic vision, that imagines using the existing state as a way of solving problems in the functioning of capitalism in ways that also expand the scope of popular power. He will argue that these should be seen as complementary, not mutually exclusive.
It is hoped that activists from these strands of the Left will engage with the topic during the discussion following the talk, and that the beginnings of a synthesis of the complementary elements of these visions may point to a broad Left approach which moves beyond the cliche’s of the reform vs revolution debate.
Olin-Wright is the author of a number of works including Envisioning Real Utopias. He is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
The talk will be jargon-free and prior familiarity with Olin-Wright’s work will not be necessary.
A recent paper on, upon which this talk will in part be based, is available here.