The growth of the Labour Party movement and the popularity of Corbyn are a response to social problems which can be traced back either directly or indirectly to the economic ideology that has defined the last four decades: Neoliberalism.
Faced with issues of inequality, democracy, war and humanity’s environmental demise, never has activism been so important, so crucial to our very survival.
It is not surprising then, than many of those who joined this movement from its early stages were previously involved in activism of various kinds. By communicating, campaigning and educating they have nurtured this movement into what it is now. They have repeatedly highlighted the moral bankruptcy of our economic structures, and despite being demonised and mocked, they found redemption at the last General Election.
But with the moral argument largely won on issues like Grenfell, the public pay cap, benefit sanctions and animal cruelty, these battles must be fought once more within the field of economics. And by doing so, disarm the last line of defence of neoliberalism: that which offers the pretence of “rationality”. This is why anyone with an interest in creating lasting change, ordinary people and activists must gain at the very least a basic understanding of macro-economics.
— From the Pileus article, The fringe event that promises to empower Labour’s Progressives against neoliberalism
Information from the organisers for this event led by Prue Plumridge:
Professor Bill Mitchell, a leading proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, has agreed to be our speaker at a fringe meeting to be held during Labour Conference Week in Brighton in September 2017.
The meeting is being organised independently by a small group of Labour members whose goal is to start a conversation about reframing our understanding of economics to match a progressive political agenda. Our funds are limited and so we are seeking to raise money to cover the travel and other costs associated with the event. Your donations and support would be really appreciated.
For those interested in joining us the meeting will be held on Monday 25th September between 2 and 5pm and the venue is The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD. All are welcome and you don’t have to be a member of the Labour party to attend.