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Bullet #1454: 'All Power to the Soviets!' Biography of a Slogan

by Lars T. Lih | July 24, 2017

'All power to the Soviets!' is surely one of the most famous slogans in revolutionary history. It is right up there with 'Egalité, liberté, fraternité' as a symbol of an entire revolutionary epoch. In this essay and others to follow, I would like to examine the origin of this slogan in its original context of Russia in 1917. When, why and how did the Bolsheviks come to adopt this slogan in the spring of 1917? The usual answer to these questions asserts that in order for the party to arrive at the slogan, it had to be rearmed by Lenin's April Theses.



LeftStreamed: Socialism Historically and Today

July 23, 2017

This year, the Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) turns fifty, and celebrated its anniversary at its annual conference at Congress 2017. Socialism Historically and Today: A Panel of Three-Minute Interventions was recorded in Toronto, 1 June 2017.



Mike Constable cartoonWhat's New: Cholera

by Mike Constable | July 22, 2017

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Bullet #1453: Solidarity With Protest Movement in Morocco

| July 22, 2017

Several civil society organizations have voiced their support for protests in Morocco and other North African countries facing growing state repression, resource theft and imperialist expansion. They call for respect for people’s rights and just development. On 26 June, the first day of Eid celebrations, a popular march that was organized in the town of Hoceima, northern Morocco, was brutally repressed. The people of the Rif region decided to organize the 'Eid March' in order to demand the release of their sons and daughters imprisoned in the previous few weeks.



Bullet #1452: Privatizing Healthcare: More Private Funding of Hospitals

by Doug Allan | July 21, 2017

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports that total expenditures on Ontario hospitals increased to $23.7-billion in 2016. This is an increase of 2.4% since 2015 and 6.1% since 2012. While provincial government expenditures increased 4.7% over the four years between 2012 and 2016, private sector expenditures on hospitals increased at a much faster rate - 15.8%. That is more than three times the percentage increase of the provincial government increases.



Bullet #1451: Trumping NAFTA: Free Trade versus Democratic Planning

by Socialist Project | July 20, 2017

Opposition to ‘free trade’ is in the air again, though not in the way most of us expected or hoped. Three decades ago, the move to guarantee, extend and deepen Canada’s economic integration with the United States by way of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two states mobilized an impressive though ultimately unsuccessful opposition. This opposition continued, though with less intensity, when that agreement was later extended to include Mexico via the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).



What's New: Value Theory and the Schism in Eco-Marxism

by Jim Kincaid | July 19, 2017

In the eco-socialist movement there have been frequent complaints that Marx’s value theory, with its central emphasis on labour-time, is fatally flawed and irrelevant. It seems to discount the exploitation of nature in the pursuit of profit. Students of Marx have responded by tracing the close attention which Marx and Engels gave to ecological research and debate in their period. Crucially, it has been argued that it is precisely its central focus on labour productivity which enables Marx’s value theory to generate a unique and powerful account of the environmental destructiveness of capital.



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The Capitalism Workshop: Theorizing the Integral State

Theorizing the Integral State
General Electric, the U.S. Empire, and Global Capitalism

This presentation focuses on the role of the U.S. State in organizing the American corporate managerial stratum to take part in managing global capitalism in the post-WWII period. Central to these efforts was General Electric executive Philip Reed, who was deeply embedded within the U.S. State Department and participated in the Committee for Economic Development and the Advisory Commission on Information. Central as well was former top GE executive Charles Wilson, who as head of the Office of Defense Mobilization in this period was given unprecedented power over procurements and the formation of a new “military-industrial complex” overseen by the state, and integrating the military, universities, national laboratories, and industrial corporations. As these examples and others illustrate, the global expansion of American imperial power took place not as a result of corporate political pressure, but rather resulted from the initiative of those within burgeoning -- and often Kafkaesque -- state institutions, who saw that given the balance of world power and increasing economic interpenetration, stability required that it take on this new, and costly, set of imperial responsibilities.

Presenter: Stephen Maher is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, Canada.

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