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The Significance and Implications of Globalisation: A Marxist Assessment
This lecture by Nick Beams is one of seven delivered to the 1998 international symposium Marxism and the Fundamental Problems of the 20th Century by the International Committee of the Fourth International in Sydney, Australia.
The central premise guiding these lectures is that an answer to the burning issues of the day - growing social inequality, deepening economic crisis, the decline in the cultural level of society and the prevailing political paralysis in the workers movement - is bound up with examining and assimilating the great strategic lessons of the twentieth century.
Presented over eight days by leading members of the ICFI, as well as Russian Marxist historian Professor Vadim Rogovin, the lectures were exciting, original and thought-provoking.
Nick Beams is the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site. He was a founding member of the SEP’s predecessor, the Socialist Labour League (SLL), in 1972. Beams is a leading authority on Marxist political economy, particularly the historical development of world economy and the contemporary significance of globalized production. He has lectured in the United States, Europe, the former USSR, Asia, and Australia. He has also written extensively on Australian and 20th century European history. Recent major lectures of his include, "The Crash of 2008 and its Revolutionary Implications", "Internationalism and the Struggle for Socialism", and "World War Two: Lessons and Warnings".