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Ghosts of alternatives past

Sheehan, Helena (2015) Ghosts of alternatives past. In: Democracy Rising, 16-20 July 2015, Athens, Greece.

What echoes and shadows of left experiments of the past haunt us as we embark on a new era opened by the formation of a radical left government in Greece? What is the plot of the longer story in which this new episode is embedded? How has the weight of the wider world, the power of the global system, borne down upon attempts to move from capitalism to socialism, whether in rupturalist projects, stemming from the October Revolution, or more protracted programmes of transformation, such as those set out by the ANC in South Africa in 1994 and by Syriza in Greece in 2015? What are the dynamics of attempting to forge an alternative in the face of the hegemony of there-is-no-alternative? How to make history in conditions not of our making? How, with so much going for it, nationally and internationally, has the ANC failed to achieve, or even approximate, the society that those who fought and died for it set out to achieve? How could Syriza, in the face of far more formidable obstacles, advance both its immediate programme and a new path toward socialism?
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Talk)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Greece; South Africa; USSR; capitalism; socialism; marxism; Syriza; ANC; Left
Subjects:Social Sciences > Globalization
Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences > International relations
Humanities > History
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Published in: Irish Left Review. . Irish Left Review.
Publisher:Irish Left Review
Official URL:http://www.irishleftreview.org/2015/07/17/ghosts-a...
Copyright Information:© 2015 The Author
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:22349
Deposited On:02 May 2018 09:29 by Helena Sheehan . Last Modified 19 Jul 2018 15:12

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