The Thatcherite Offensive

location SOAS, University of London | 3 PM-6 PM Saturday 27 May 2017 (GMT)

How Thatcherism attacked the working class, transformed the British state, and laid the foundations for today's crisis

Journalist and scholar Alexander Gallas speaks on his new book, 'The Thatcherite Offensive: a neo-Poulantzasian Analysis'.

While most scholars see Thatcher's confrontation with workers as a result of their resistance to her economic policies, Gallas demonstrates that smashing the organised working class was in fact a primary and fundamental objective of Thatcherism.

Analysing internal Conservative Party documents which show how a clear strategy for class warfare was developed in the years preceeding Thatcher's rise to power, Gallas develops the theories of Nicos Poulantzas to show the Thatcherite project to be a coordinated offensive of the power bloc, heralding a new regime of accumulation and directly intervening in class relations.

Yet this shift undermined British capitalism in the long-term, laying the foundations for today's prolonged slump.


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