Ideas for Freedom 2019

Submitted by AWL on 2 April, 2018 - 8:36

Ideas for Freedom 2019
20-23 June 2019

Advanced earlybird tickets now available.

Facebook event

A festival of socialist ideas and leftwing discussion, hosted by Workers' Liberty, Ideas for Freedom is an opportunity to explore, through talks, film showings, workshops and debates, ideas about how our world works, and how we can fight for a better one.

Provisional agenda (more sessions to be announced soon)

Themes: The collapse of Stalinism; 1919: the year of strikes and struggles; the Age of Brexit; Fighting Antisemitism

Thursday 20 June: Queer walking tour of Brixton
From 6.30pm. Join a guided walking tour with Ian Townson on the radical gay community and squats in and around Brixton Road from the mid-1970s to 1981, the year of the Brixton riots.
Facebook event.

Friday evening debate
Socialists and Brexit: Ruth Cashman vs Paul Embery
From 7pm, central London.
Facebook event

Saturday morning
Registration from 11am.
• Brexit and imperialist nostalgia: Danny Dorling and Cath Fletcher
• 1919: When Britain was on the brink of revolution: Simon Webb and Janine Booth
• Hungary 1956: John Cunningham

Saturday afternoon
• Anti-Zionism, antisemitism and the left: Sean Matgamna vs Ken Livingstone
• Education and the working class: Diane Reay
• The Inner Level: Richard Wilkinson
• The Roots of Lexit: Paul Vernadsky
• Solidarnosc: workers against Stalinism: Chris Marks

Saturday evening
• US teacher struggles and reviving the labour movement: Lois Weiner
• Zetkin, Luxemburg and the German Social Democratic Women's Movement: Kelly Rogers and Kieran Miles
• The bourgeois Marx: a critical appraisal of Max Weber: Dan Davison
• Tiananmen Square protests 30 years on: Camila Bassi

Sunday morning
• György Lukács: a Marxist of 1919: John Cunningham

Sunday afternoon
• Luxemburg and Luxemburgism: Justine Canady and Martin Thomas
• 1917 and the legacy of the Bolsheviks: Paul Vernadsky and Steve Smith.
• Climate Change and capitalism: Luke Neal and Zack Murrell-Dowson

Venue: Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, London, NW5 2DB.

Free accommodation is provided with comrades who live in London. Please help us organise this by sending an email to with the title "IFF accommodation" and telling us what nights you will need, how many people, and whether you have any specific requirements (i.e. no stairs, need a bed, fine with floor/sofa, no late nights etc.).

A free professionally-staffed creche is provided during the weekend, and additional childcare can be arranged on Thursday and Friday nights if needed. Please book a place by emailing


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