Is Democracy Possible Under Capitalism?
20 October, 2016
Old Arts Lecture Theatre C, The University of Melbourne
Capitalism's fundumental principles are presented as democracy and freedom. Elections once every few years are a democratic high point where we get to have our say through the ballot box. A cursory glance at the state of society tells a different story.
Take America today where the choice between Trump - a racist, misogynistic billionaire who has made a living kicking people out of their homes to build high-rises - and Clinton - a multi-millionaire who has built a career advocating for big business and cheerleading wars across the planet, fills most of us with dread. All to the backdrop of growing inequality and increasing state violence.
In Australia, the choice is not much better - we’ve had five prime ministers in five years, each more right-wing than the last - determined to cut health, education and welfare, lock up refugees and deny the most basic rights like same-sex marriage. All against the will of the majority.
Why is it like this, and how can we win real democracy? Come along to our free lecture and discussion to find out.