I spoke last night as part of the panel for the Dublin launch of We Make Our Own History, I'm going to expand my comments into an end of year 'state of the movement' article if I find time, in the meantime here is then audio of the meeting.
Dublin launch of 'We Make Our Own History' by Andrew Flood on Mixcloud
We Make Our Own History discussion and book launch
6 pm, Wednesday 9th December
Connolly Books, East Essex Street, Temple Bar
How are social movements doing in Ireland? What kind of real change might be on the cards, here and in Europe or further afield? What are the key issues that we should be thinking about if we want to see it happen?
Laurence Cox and Alf Gunvald Nilsen’s book We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism (Pluto, 2014) draws on the Maynooth tradition of activist research in social movements to read Marxism as a reflection of the learning of popular struggles and uses this approach to explore how movements grow out of the struggle to meet human needs, how they develop, how the collective agency of the powerful and wealthy w orks and what all this means for the struggle against neoliberalism today.
The Dublin launch will consist of a discussion about the state of movements and our possible futures. Chaired by community worker and activist John Bissett, there will be short talks from Margaret Gillan (Community Media Network), Andrew Flood (Workers Solidarity Movement) and Fergal Finnegan (MA Community Education, Equality and Social Activism) to open a wider debate.
More info: http://www.irishleftreview.org/2015/11/16/history-discussion-book-launch/