On May 4th, the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Hallam Marxist Societies held a joint meeting on the history and lessons of May 68.
We had a dozen people there, including many who had not been involved in the Marxist Societies before. The discussion was fantastic,with the speaker highlighting how a failure of leadership cost the working class victory in May ‘68.
The discussion connected this to other movements like the farmers strike India where a lack of leadership again hampered the working class. There were lots of questions about how things could have gone differently and what we must do in the next revolutionary movements.
May 68 is an inspiring example of the power of students and the working class when they join together in the struggle, as Marxist students we have a lot to learn from it!