Marxism 2015 9: Sunday Evening

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the latest piece in my series about my experiences at Marxism 2015, the five day political festival in central London organised by the Socialist Workers Party. This post will focus on the latter stages of Sunday. I hope that some of you will enjoy it enough to share it.

TWO HEAVILY CONTRASTING MEETINGS

IS THERE A THEORY OF EVERYTHING?

I was delighted when I saw this meeting in the timetable, although room 642 was uncomfortably hot. Incidentally, the Institute of Education level numbers have no connection with street level, which is actually between Levels 3 and 4 – there are entrances at both levels.

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Speaker Paul McGarr and chair Camilla Royle  before the meeting.
Speaker Paul McGarr and chair Camilla Royle before the meeting.

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Paul McGarr during his opening speech.
Paul McGarr during his opening speech.

Our speaker, Paul McGarr argued that there will be no Theory of Everything and pointed out some of the occasions when people thought they had one and were proved wrong. While accepting this, as most of the contributors from the floor did during the discussion, I would go further still: not only is a Theory of Everything impossible, it is undesirable – it would mean that there was nothing new left to discover.

FROM SOYLENT GREEN TO HUNGER GAMES –
WHY IS THE FUTURE ON FILM ALWAYS SO GRIM?

After the long break between 5 and 7PM, which I used to edit photos and put up a blog post, I went to the Drama Studio, one of four venues in the bowels of the earth (a.k.a level one), for the meeting whose title heads this subsection…

Sasha Simic (in the blue top) in position for his opening speech.
Sasha Simic (in the blue top) in position for his opening speech.

Rather than attempt to write about this meeting, I will do it all with pictures…

The chair introducing the meeting.
The chair introducing the meeting.

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Utopia - the reverse of the Dystopias talked about in this meeting.
Utopia – the reverse of the Dystopias talked about in this meeting.

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Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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