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Marx Reloaded: Blue or Red Pill?

15 Feb 2012

To coincide with the UK cinema release of Marx Reloaded, this debate considers themes from the film with speakers including Robin Blackburn (Age Shock: How Finance is Failing Us), Paul Mason (Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions), Laurie Penny and Jason Barker.

"The philosophers have only interpreted the world," Karl Marx wrote famously. "The point, however, is to change it."

As popular resistance to the global economic and financial crisis grows, could it be that the "change" has finally arrived? The new #occupy phenomenon may suggest the desire for a world beyond capitalism. But how realistic is the communist, or "red pill", alternative being advocated by philosophers like Slavoj Žižek?

For Žižek, Alain Badiou, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, communism is an antidote, not just to a crisis-ridden economy, but to a bankrupt ideology and whole way of life dominated by the "rights" of property and profit. But why should we be convinced that social and economic alternatives to capitalism are preferable to the crisis currently engulfing the globe? Is humanity standing at a crossroads where a decision – and by whom or in whose name? – for "another world" must be taken?

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