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On Your Marx

‘Marxism exists in 19th-century thought like a fish in water: that is, it is unable to breathe anywhere else.’ Variations on this claim, made in 1966 by Michel Foucault, had decades of oxygen in the West.

But today, the work of Karl Marx is again breathing life into a range of Western movements. Within Black Lives Matter, Jeremy Corbyn’s UK Labour or Bernie Sanders’ ‘Revolution’, young people are repurposing thought long dismissed as antique.

In this discussion, hosted by Helen Razer, we’ll discuss the relevance of Marx today. Our panellists, including Alyx Gorman, Gary Foley and Nazeem Hussain, will describe their practical agreement – and their useful dispute – with this 19th-century European thinker.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Who?

Portrait of Helen Razer

Helen Razer

Helen Razer was a broadcaster and is now a writer. She has written on social and political matters for the Age and the Australian. She now contributes news and cultural analysis to Crikey, the Saturday Paper, the Daily ReviewSBS Online and Atlantic digital publication, Quartz.

Portrait of Nazeem Hussain

Nazeem Hussain

Nazeem Hussain is the star of his own critically-acclaimed TV show, Legally Brown, which aired on SBS. The show broke ground with its boundary-pushing content, received wide spread critical acclaim and was nominated for Most Outstanding Comedy at the 2015 Logie Awards. Nazeem is also well known as a stand-up comedian, and until recently was part of political comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet.

Portrait of Alyx Gorman

Alyx Gorman

Alyx Gorman attended her first demonstration in-utero; her parents, both avowed Marxists, met through the union movement. Alyx rebelled against her red nappy upbringing by becoming a lifestyle journalist. She has written for ELLE, Quartz and Sydney Morning Herald, and is currently the Editorial Director of Time Out Australia and Fashion Editor of the Saturday Paper.

Portrait of Gary Foley

Gary Foley

Gary Foley is an Australian Aboriginal Gumbainggir activist, academic, writer and actor. He is best known for his role in establishing the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972 and for establishing an Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern in the 1970s. He is currently a Professor of History at Victoria University.

How much?

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