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Revolution or Resistance?

With this series of lectures, the CCCB encourages reflection on the present-day validity of the concept of revolution. Participants include Arundhati Roy, Angela Davis, David Fernàndez, Xavier Antich and Ivan Krastev.

In the nineteenth century, Karl Marx said that revolutions are the locomotives of history. Years later, at the height of the expansion of Nazism and fascism, Walter Benjamin responded to his claim, wondering if revolution was not more like passengers applying the emergency brake. Today, with the impact of globalisation and technological change on the very structure of society and the proliferation of leaders who challenge the relevance of the most basic human rights, Benjamin’s query is once again apposite.

A hundred years after the start of the Russian Revolution, how has our idea of revolution changed? Is it still an engine of liberation or is resistance a more necessary strategy for defending the social advances of the last century? With this debate, the CCCB aims to foster reflection around an idea which has been at the centre of political passions in the contemporary world.


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