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Reclaiming Modernity: Beyond Markets, Beyond Machines

Saturday 28 March 2015, 12:00 - 14:00
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds

Reclaim ModernityPolitical life can often feel pretty bleak for all the reasons you know and feel so well. As the 7 May election draws near, there is already a familiar sense that ‘big ideas’ are not welcome. And then something pops up and rekindles your optimism.

In their new Compass publication, Reclaim Modernity, Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert argue that progressive politics can only renew itself by recognising that we are a unique moment in history that requires us reclaim the transformative ambitions of modernity. They argue that we don’t have to fear the radical potential of modernity, but must rather embrace it in such a way that better reflects our shared values, democratically reforms public services, rejects techno-bureaucracy in the private and public sectors, and puts an end to the neoliberal micro-management of our working lives.

Arguing against thoughtless privatisation and a limitless free market, they propose that it is possible to go beyond markets and beyond machines in such a way that allows each of us to co-create a new democratic state that works better for all of us in the twenty-first century.

Download their document here.

Confirmed Speakers: Mark Fisher, Jeremy Gilbert

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