Event: Disorganising the world: neoliberalism and the global

Thurs 23 Oct 2014, Marx Memorial Library, London EC1R 0DU (Facebook event)

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17 October 2014

"Scarcely ever have governments the world over seemed less capable of responding with clear understanding and capability to the problems they encounter ... Our contention is that this has not been a contingent series of events [in the Middle East and Ukraine], a random sequence of foreign policy accidents, but that they are in their own way systemic – a kind of organised disorder – and that understanding them is closely related to the task we have set ourselves in this Manifesto’s analysis and critique of neoliberalism as a global system." (Read more online)

Join us for the eighth seminar in the Soundings' After Neoliberalism? Kilburn Manifesto series, in which Michael Rustin (Professor of Sociology at UEL) will introduce the latest instalment 'Rethinking the Neoliberal World Order' to open a debate on the centrality of a global perspective in understanding neoliberalism. Jo Littler will chair the discussion, with Justin Rosenberg (Sussex University) and David Wearing (SOAS) providing responses. 

"After Neoliberalism?" is an online manifesto - edited by Soundings founding editors Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey, and Mike Rustin - which seeks to open up space to debate alternatives to current dominant neoliberal systems. Previous instalments of the manifesto can be read online at

Soundings is a journal of politics and culture, acting as a hinge between the world of academia and the wider political left.

Tickets: £5 waged / £3 students, unwaged / free for Soundings subscribers

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