Manila study conference looks at Marx’s legacy to social movements: Page 2 of 2

Posted on 22 June 2018

rights. Lestari, meanwhile, pointed to how migrants need to be hand-in-hand with other workersin resisting the dominance of neoliberal globalisation, where migrant and domestic work are treated as “cheap and docile” labour.

Building knowledge with the people

The open forum featured questions from attendees and members of people’s organisations. Questions revolved around international relations, as well as clarifications on the question of technology; agrarian reform in the Philippines; andcommon workers’ struggles between Australia and the Philippines.

The Institute of Political Economy will publish the speakers’ inputs in a book, to be released in August 2018. Pertinent comments from the open forum will serve as important points to consider in the papers’ revisions.

The Marx@200 Study Conference was co-organised through the Institute of Political Economy (IPE), the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). The IPE, an initiative of IBON International, undertakes research and other support activities for policy formulation and the development of alternatives for political economy issues in the Philippines and the world.

For Antonio Tujan Jr., who is also the Executive Editor of the IPE, enriching understanding on political economy is essential for social transformation.

“We hope that this Marx@200 forum and the others launched by progressives would enable us to deepen our study of political economy to look at today’s crises, with a view for social change from the grassroots,” he said. ###

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[ii] UN Conference on Trade and Development. 2018. "Corporate Rent-Seeking, Market Power and Inequality: Time for a Multilateral Trust Buster?"


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