How to be an anti-capitalist for the 21st century – the title Erik Olin Wright gave his talk at the Contemporary Marxist Theory seminar promised some value of benefit to his audience. Indeed, the room was filled to capacity-a number of people even had to make do with a seat on the floor.
In his talk, Professor Wright, who is based at the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented different anti-capitalist strategies, analysed their strengths and weaknesses, and introduced his concept of the erosion of capitalism: a combination of the three different anti-capitalist approaches resistance, taming, and escaping.
An overflowing speaker’s list
After his lecture, Professor Wright answered numerous questions from the audience, taking a stance on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, explaining why he did not choose a Hegelian approach to his concept of erosion, or how the Occupy movement enabled Bernie Sander’s campaign in the United States.
The list of speakers grew and grew, and at some point more than 14 different members of the audience were waiting for their possibility to ask the speaker. Unfortunately, not all of them could do so within the seminar as the time ran out – but, following a tried and tested tradition, the conversation went on as the lecture theatre was exchanged in favour of a pub in London’s centre.
We would like to thank Professor Wright for his presentation and the many seminar participants for their attendance and questions!