18th Feb 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmat Impact Hub, Digbeth, Birmingham
Want to see a fairer society, here in the UK and around the world?
Feel like you’re constantly firefighting against things you don’t agree with?
Fed up of media and politicians saying there is no credible alternative to austerity?
Then Anti-Austerity: But Pro What? is the event for you! Book Here
It’s a two-part event because the aim is ambitious. It’s a free event but places are limited and registration is required.
Everyone knows about austerity and its effects are all too evident. But austerity is part of a wider approach called Neo-Liberalism* which is based on five very short and easy to understand principles: free markets; small state; low tax; individual liberty; and big defence.
The aim of Anti-Austerity: But Pro What? is to set out a concise, inclusive and easily understandable alternative to neo-liberalism’s five principles.
As opponents of austerity and neoliberalism, we need to do this because
- we have lots of policy ideas and evidence, and there’s lots of vital single-issue activism, BUT
- we’ve not set it out in a short, simple, inclusive and collectively understood form.
- help us work together more effectively
- Help us talk to others about our views
- Help us overcome divisions over small points of difference by focusing on bigger points of agreement
- Give us a stronger collective message which can be more quickly understood
- Ensure that our diverse campaigning is all pushing in the same direction and supports each other’s efforts
At Anti-Austerity: But Pro What? we’ll…
- have some great guest speakers who will get us thinking;
- work in groups to look at principles that guide and express our views;
- look at other people’s attempts at defining progressive principles;
- work through a process to set out our concise and easily understandable alternative to neo-liberalism’s five principles;
- plan next steps.
*Anti-Austerity: But Pro What? is about setting out an alternative to neo-liberalism not talking about the neo-liberal approach itself. Click to view background on our understanding of the problem.
Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5NY