Just a friendly reminder about the ISE annual gathering, August 19-21 in Marshfield, Vermont.
This year’s theme - Socialism, Social Ecology, and the State - addresses the relationship between the state, socialism, and social change. It will explore questions including: how does Social Ecology point us beyond the pendulum of street protest and state power? How should radicals relate to state power and electoral campaigns generally? How do we assess the limits of electoral politics versus the limits of prefigurative politics? Why do many reject engagement with the state on principle yet embrace economic alternatives which remain embedded in capitalist power? How can we ensure our critique of the state does not unwittingly legitimize the neoliberal project of dismantling the welfare state? Why has no coherent socialist alternative to neoliberal capitalism emerged? What might this look like, and how should we get there?