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What's New: Exchange issue 2
| November 27, 2013
The second issue of The Exchange brings together a range of articles looking at the struggles we face against austerity and the issues we face building a movement of resistance. The exchanges here try to look to the problems of the left and wider social movements -- to ask how we might go forward, how we might contribute to the enrichment and revival of communist ideas, and how our work, in the here and now, can help to develop the left as a strong and serious force.
What's New: Why socialism can be nothing else than 'real'
by Sabina Stan | November 27, 2013
Proofs of this now commonsensical truth of socialism's historical failure come from many quarters. The first and most obvious proof that these regimes led to economic, social and political bankruptcy is simply that they fell -- sometimes, like in Romania, following widespread popular contestation. Socialist state companies were notoriously inefficient, technologically backward, and produced insufficient capital and consumer goods, leading to 'economies of shortage' in the former soviet space.
by Michael Schuman | November 27, 2013
With workers around the world burdened by joblessness and stagnant incomes, Marx's critique that capitalism is inherently unjust and self-destructive cannot be so easily dismissed.
Bullet #901: No Transit Fare Increase!
by Herman Rosenfeld | November 26, 2013
The entire Canadian urban public transit system is in serious crisis after years of neglect and underfunding from the neoliberal policies adopted by all levels of government in Canada. This is compounded by Canada's singular lack of a national transit strategy -- a stunning example of the utter backwardness of the Canadian state system and the stifling political hegemony of the capitalist classes.
by | November 25, 2013
At the People's Voice Café in New York City, the incomparable Brooklyn rapper Professor Louie offers a heavy lesson in class to the 99% in rhythm and rhyme.
by Roger Annis | November 25, 2013
Alberta's tar sands face a daunting future as rival U.S. oil production surges and opposition grows to the three pipeline routes which they and their pipeline allies are struggling to construct -- Keystone XL to the south, Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain to the west, and Energy East to the east.
What's New: Rob Ford, brought to you by ...
by Paul Kellogg | November 25, 2013
Support for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is evaporating with stunning speed. Few want to be associated with a man who has publicly and brazenly lied about past behaviour, engaged in open and obnoxious physical bullying, and now on public television used misogynist and degrading language. His mayoralty is disintegrating in a cloud of scandal and shame. We need to be clear, however, that Rob Ford is more than just one, dysfunctional, white former football coach from Etobicoke.
Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become December 13, 2013
Kellogg subsidies another bad deal for Ontario December 13, 2013
Lecturers must stand with students to preserve the right to protest December 13, 2013
West of Eden December 13, 2013
Nelson Mandela's years in power: Was he pushed or did he jump? December 13, 2013
South African activists post pro-Palestine banners at Mandela memorial December 12, 2013
Cuba was conspicuously absent in Mandela coverage December 12, 2013
The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women December 12, 2013
The People's Potash? December 12, 2013
Canadians should demand reversal of Canada Post decision, CUPW December 12, 2013
Calls to boycott Israel grow on US campuses December 12, 2013In The News archive:
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| 3:30pm, Friday December 13, 2013
CSI, ING Room, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
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|Workshop series: Pension Funds, Unions, and Working Class Strategies|
We are pleased to invite participation in an open workshop series focused on the role of Canadian workers’ pension funds in the larger national and global economy.
One of the key features of the continuing deep economic crisis facing Canadian workers is the attack on long established pension and retirement benefits, which are now dismissed as a costly frill that only benefits a shrinking minority of the workforce. The defence of these benefits by trade unions is becoming more difficult and divisive – it risks appearing self-serving in a context where the older notion that private, employer-based plans might serve as a positive step toward a universal system of full coverage for all workers is no longer credible.
• Convenor: Kevin Skerrett (Canadian Union of Public Employees), firstname.lastname@example.org
• Greg Albo (Centre for Social Justice), email@example.com
Proposed Series Schedule and Details:
Each of the six workshops will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:00pm, every other week. (We will skip November 8th, and use November 15th in its place)
Registration not required for the last two sessions -- open to all.
• September 27: From Pension Fund Socialism to Pension Fund Capitalism?
• October 11: Trade union and ‘progressive’ strategies: The Responsible Investment, Capital Stewardship, and ‘pension fund activism’ movements
• October 25: Fiduciary Duty – A legal shield for corporate capitalism?
• November 15: Pension funds and privatization: P3s and pension-financed privatization
• December 6: The Rise of Finance – What role for trade unions & pension funds? With Michael Rafferty, John Peters and Aidan Conway.
• December 13: Trade unions, pensions, corporations, and the state. With Doug Henwood and Sam Gindin.
Location and Time: Sessions will be held on Fridays from 3:30-6:00 in the ING Room, ground level, at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street (one block south of Bloor).
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project | PDF flyer | Facebook event
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