Asia-Pacific Socialist Conference to Face the Crises of Capitalism

Socialism 2021 is the latest in a series of international conferences on socialism that began in 2005.

The theme this year is “Overcoming the Multiple Crises of Capitalism” and will feature speakers including Walden Bello (Philippines) and Saleh Moslem (Rojava / Syria).

The conference started as an initiative of the Sosialis Malaysia Party (Malaysian Socialist Party / PSM) and allows participants to have in-depth discussions on key issues facing the socialist movement.

The conferences alternated between a Malaysian national orientation and an international solidarity orientation.

This year’s international conference will be held entirely online due to pandemic conditions. As a result, the PSM invited a range of socialist organizations from the Southeast Asia region to be part of an enlarged organizing committee.

Socialisme 2021 is jointly organized by the PSM; Socialist workers Thailand; Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the toiling masses / PLM, Philippines); Socialist Alliance (Australia); Partai Rakyat Pekerja (Workers’ Party / PRP, Indonesia); and Kesatuan Perjuangan Rakyat (United People’s Struggle / KPR, Indonesia).

PSM’s international labor director Choo Chon Kai said Green Left that the idea of ​​an enlarged organizing committee was to “strengthen cooperation between the groups of the left-wing network in Southeast Asia”.

These conferences have been an important platform for analyzing international politics, imperialism, capitalism, workers’ struggles, climate change, gender and much more from a Marxist perspective. Participants include activists, academics, trade unionists and others seeking an alternative to the oppressive capitalist system.

“As the world faces multiple crises, from pandemic to global economic crisis to climate crisis to extinction, it becomes increasingly urgent for socialist movements around the world to consolidate their efforts to challenge capitalism, ”said Chon Kai.

The aim is to make an “emancipatory alternative to capitalism” a concrete vision for activists in the region.

Socialist Alliance co-organizer Sam Wainwright said Green Left that it is important – especially in rich countries like Australia – to view the struggle for socialism as an international enterprise.

Sessions of the conference will address issues such as: women’s liberation; rise of authoritarianism; the climate crisis; and China’s role in international politics.

Chon Kai said the conference “will help broaden our perspectives and inspire each other” as socialists share their experiences across the region.

The full program and registration details are available on the conference website.