Globalisation School 2012

Capitalist Crisis and Political Power
30 September to 5 October 2012
Ritz Hotel, SeaPoint, Cape Town
Tel 021 447 6375 • www.ilrig.org

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Ilrig-Form-FrontSeptember sees the hosting of our 2012 annual globalisation school. ILRIG has been hosting its globalisation school since 2002. Activists from a wide range of organisations, including social movements and trade unions throughout Africa are invited to apply.

Globally the crisis of capitalism has deepened in 2012 – with Europe at the centre of a debt crisis prompted both by the bailouts of the 2009-2010 phase and the terms of the setting up of the EU as a unity of countries having very different levels of capitalist development.

While the core countries such a Germany have been able to suppress real wage levels and generate large current account surpluses by becoming the world’s biggest export economy; countries in the South were reliant on EU grants and selling bonds to offset being net importers. These countries on the European periphery – Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain – are today the focus of attacks to retrieve the pound of flesh desired by big bond holder banks in Germany and France. There is no solution to this debt crisis but it is clear that Germany is also using the crisis to restructure the EU more explicitly under tight EU (read German) control – taking over political decision-making of the countries in debt.

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Public Forum- The Occupation of Ronderbosch Common

THE OCCUPATION OF RONDEBOSCH COMMON

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IS THIS THE WAY FORWARD?

Community House

Thursday 23 February 2012
6.30-8.00pm


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The 2012 ILRIG April Conference

 

National Liberation and its significance today
The 2012 ILRIG April Conference
Community House, Salt River, Cape Town
20-21 April 2012

Since 2007 when ILRIG hosted the Annual Rosa Luxemburg Seminar, ILRIG has been hosting annual conferences in April – specifically Internationalism, Then and Now in April 2008 and New Forms of Organisation Conference in April 2009, the Global Economic Crisis in 2010 and What is the SA Social Formation in 2011. The next in the series of Annual Conferences will be in April 2012 which is a year of great historical significance in South Africa.

It is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the African National Congress (ANC), founded in 2012 as Africa’s oldest national liberation movement, and thus it is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of national liberation today, when the ANC is now the government of the day and yet acknowledges that in its own words, and in the words of its Alliance partner – the National Democratic Revolution is still incomplete.      

2012 will be the 18th year of the achievement of democracy in SA. But in that time, instead of the mass struggles of the 1970s; 1980s and early 1990s leading to radical transformation we have seen a decline in the extent and depth of those struggles and the triumph of a neo-liberal order. South Africa has joined the BRICS as an aspiring power, South African corporations have become global players, the composition of the ruling class is still overwhelmingly white and we are now the most unequal society in the world. At the same time we have an ex-liberation movement in government, carried there by the struggles of a black working class majority and with a ruling Alliance which includes the biggest trade union federation and a long standing Communist Party.


More recently we have seen the rise of movements and community-based activists who have waged struggles quite relentlessly for some 5-10 years – serving as a source of optimism and renewal on the left and yet not galvanising into a social force capable of speaking in its own name, let alone challenging the neo-liberal order. We have also seen a readiness of some organised workers to strike and test the limits of the partnership that comprises the ruling tripartite Alliance. But is South Africa’s heightened inequality – broadly acknowledged as being along similar racial lines to the apartheid configuration – a sign that the “national question” has not been resolved under neo-liberal capitalism?  Is South Africa today a failed national liberation struggle?


These questions assume a broader dimension in the context of uprisings in the North African and Arab world where local tyrannies and monarchies were aided and abetted by imperial forces for many years and which are now experiencing what are called new waves of national liberation struggles. Past such national liberation struggles – notably in Morocco at the turn of the 20th century – were the subject of debates within the pre-WW1 German Social Democratic Party, of which Rosa Luxemburg’s voice was a significant contribution.

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Globalisation School 2011

 

Capitalism and the Environment


2 October to 7 October 2011
Riverview Lodge, Observatory,

 
Cape Town
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October sees the hosting of our 2011 annual globalisation school. ILRIG has been hosting its globalisation school since 2002. Activists from a wide range of organisations, including social movements and trade unions throughout Africa are invited to apply.

The 2011 School takes place at a time when the system of global capitalism is in an ongoing crisis. At the same time global warming is taking place at a faster rate than ever before and corporations faced with declining oil reserves are seeking new sources of energy and scouring the globe even more than before and in ways that threaten the survival of the planet.

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Public Forum: Elections are over

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WHAT DID OUR VOTES MEAN?


Venue: Elijah Loza, Community House
When: Thursday 26 May 2011
6.00pm

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