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Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
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25.03.2013 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Future is Called Democratic Socialism

A colloquium on the relevance of Marx's Capital and socialist politics

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The Slovenian academic publishing house Sophia (soon to be called Naprej! [‘Forward!’], after the Slovenian publishing house that first translated the Communist Manifesto in 1908) published a new, third Slovenian edition of Marx's Capital, Vol. I. On this occasion, we organised a colloquium on the relevance of Marx's Capital and socialist politics. The colloquium was organised in cooperation with the Workers and Punks' University, Institute for Labour Studies and the cultural institute En Knap on the 130th anniversary of Marx's death.

The colloquium took place on 13 and 14 March 2013 in Ljubljana, in the cultural centre Španski Borci (‘Spanish Fighters’, a centre dedicated to Yugoslav fighters that joined the international anti-fascist brigades in the Spanish civil war).

The first day featured a lecture by the famous Marxist blogger Michael Roberts and a dance performance of Berolt Brecht's Decision performed by En Knap. On the second day, two panel discussions took place. The first one was a debate about the relevance of Marx's Capital. The panelists, Marko Kržan, Lilijana Burcar, Primož Krašovec, Lev Kreft and Rastko Močnik, offered arguments for the relevance of Capital for an understanding of contemporary social processes. They ranged from a critique of neoclassical economics (Krašovec) and feminist aspects (Burcar) to epistemological commentaries (Močnik, Kreft) and an outline of the current political moment in Slovenia (Kržan).

The second debate was titled ‘The Future is Called Democratic Socialism’. The panelists reflected on the current crisis of capitalism, of the European integration process and of representative democracy, and discussed potential socialist responses and alternatives. 

As a whole, the colloquium was the most influential Marxist and socialist oriented event in post-Yugoslav Slovenia. Practically all the major media reported on the event (e.g., the national broadcasting service RTV, the central newspapers such as DeloDnevnik and Večer, and the main weekly, Mladina, dedicated its cover and main topic to Marx that week). With this media attention, we managed to trigger the first serious nation-wide public debate on Marxism since 1991, as we also largely rehabilitated the socialist political position. With the concept of democratic socialism, we managed to achieve a non-pejorative public use of the notion of socialism for the first time in more than two decades.

Hence, the colloquium even exceeded the expectations of the organisers. With the support by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and Transform! Network, we believe that we achieved a significant breakthrough for Marxism and socialism in Slovenia. Please find below additional information about the project below. 



Media reports (in total, there were more than 30 media reports of the event):

Michael Roberts: Workers, Punks and the Euro Crisis (in English)

MladinaCapital on frontpage of MladinaSašo Furlan in Mladina,

DnevnikThe Task Remains: To Change the WorldA Grand Interview with Roberts

DeloUnsurpassed Critical Work on CapitalismA Renaissance of Reading Marx

SIOL: The Third Translation of Capital for a New Century

RTV: debate with Rok Kogej and Luka Mesec in emission Studio City (from 46:10 on), Interview with Roberts


Lecture by Michael Roberts (in English)

Actuality of Marx's Capital

The Future is Democratic Socialism


Workers and Punks' University

Institute for Labour Studies

Publishing House Naprej!