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In and Against the State: Discussion Notes for Socialists, with Seth Wheeler [online event]

Wednesday October 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Originally published as a pamphlet in 1979 and again by Pluto in 1980, In and Against the State brought together questions of working-class struggle and state power, exploring how revolutionary socialists might reconcile working in the public sector with their radical politics. Informed by autonomist political ideas and practices that were central to the protests of 1968, the book’s authors spoke to a generation of activists wrestling with the question of where to place their energies.

Forty years have passed, yet the questions it posed are still to be answered. As the eclipse of Corbynism and the onslaught of the global pandemic have demonstrated with brutal clarity, a renewed socialist strategy is needed more urgently than ever.

Editor Seth Wheeler will be joining us online to discuss.


Seth Wheeler has over 20 years of experience within the domestic and international extra-parliamentary left(s). He is the co-editor of Occupy Everything (Minor Compostions, 2013), co-founder of the communist organisation Plan C, and a founding editor of the online workerist journal Notes From Below. He has contributed to Novara Media among other publications and is completing his PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London.


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There are various tickets available for this event: If you’d like a copy of In and Against the State then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support Housmans then please choose a solidarity ticket. There’s also a free RSVP option for students, low income and unwaged comrades.

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