This important panel discussion on the 175th anniversary of the Communist Manifesto took place on February 26, 2023. You can watch the entire webinar here.
About this event
The 21st of February this year marks the 175th anniversary of the publication of The Communist Manifesto, one of the most important political documents in history and a cornerstone of our global movement. To mark this occasion, the International Manifesto Group is holding a webinar to reflect on the enduring significance and relevance of the Communist Manifesto, in particular how it has informed – and continues to inform – socialist states and movements.
Professor Cheng Enfu is an academician at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Director of the Research Center for Economic and Social Development (CASS), principal professor at the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, President of the World Association for Political Economy, president of Chinese Society of Foreign Economic Theories, and member of the People’s Congress of China. You can watch his introductory remarks here.
Sara Flounders is a longstanding political activist and author based in New York City. She is a Contributing Editor of Workers World Newspaper and a leader of the United National Antiwar Coalition, the International Action Center and the SanctionsKill Campaign. She is the co-author and editor of numerous books, including Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China and the US (co-authored with Lee SiuHin) and recently released: SANCTIONS – A Wrecking Ball in a Global Economy. You can watch her introductory remarks here.
Alexander Buzgalin is a professor of economics at Moscow State University and the coordinator of the organization Alternatives. He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the second Russian Social Forum. He focuses on problems of Marxism’s actuality under current conditions and the resulting challenges for left movements. You can watch his introductory remarks here.
Brian Becker is the National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition. He is a founder of and a central organizer for the Party for Socialism and Liberation. He is the host of The Socialist Program on Breakthrough News. You can watch his introductory remarks here.
Frank Chapman is a community organizer, Executive Director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Field Organizer of the Chicago Alliance Against Political Repression, and part of the Central Committee of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. He is also a published writer, with articles on Truthout and Freedomways. He is the author of Marxist-Leninist Perspectives on Black Liberation (2021). In 2019, Frank published his first book, a memoir entitled The Damned Don’t Cry: Pages from the Life of a Black Prisoner and Organizer. You can watch his introductory remarks here.
Xin Yuzhou is a member of the Young Communist League in Beijing. You can watch his introductory remarks here.
John Riddell is a member of the International Manifesto Group and the founding director of the Comintern Publishing Project. You can watch his introductory remarks here.
Moderator – Radhika Desai is Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Her books include Capitalism, Coronavirus and War: A Geopolitical Economy (2023), Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994), a New Statesman and Society Book of the Month. You can watch her introductory remarks here.
This article was updated on February 27, 2023 to include links to various video clips.