I had an absolutely amazing time at the Marxism conference! The talks I saw were so enlightening, and in some cases electrifying. It was also just so much fun.
Because of my weekend schedule, I was only able to attend Friday and Friday night, plus I left work early to attend the Saturday night events. Both nights I hung out afterwards, gabbing and drinking on the patio of the student pub. This is, without a doubt, the best community I have ever known - the place where I am truly my best self.
These are the talks I attended. It's very difficult to choose! When people ask each other, "Which talks did you see?" the answer always seems to include their process and rationale of how they ended up in one room versus another. I went for maximum education value in areas of particular interest to me.
I will write about each of them in varying degrees of detail as the week progresses. I'm also hoping to post video of some.
- Kostas Katarahias, General Council, Federation of Hospital Doctors Unions of Greece
- Judith Orr, Leading member, British Socialist Workers Party & anti-war activist
- John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York Regional Labour Council
- Carolyn Egan, President, Steelworker Toronto Area Council; International Socialists
This was positively electrifying. Kostas blew us all away, and Judith only added to that. John and Carolyn brought it all back home to Canada. I am very much hoping to post video of this, and you must all watch it!