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What's New: Corporations are beating us up; can we develop a more just system?

by Nick Fillmore | July 25, 2017

Aggressive capitalism is kicking the crap out of us, so we should see if we can start a public conversation about the need for an alternative political and social system. It’s shocking that capitalist businesses have become so dominant. They literally rule the world. In Canada, the low-profile Canadian Council of Chief Executives is all powerful when it comes to influencing government. Unfortunately, even when many people know about the damage caused by capitalism, they feel a totally alternative political system is such a distant possibility, that they don’t bother discussing it.

What's New: Resistance Rising: Socialist Strategy in the Age of Political Revolution

| July 25, 2017

2016 was a game changing year for leftists and progressives. We are finally reemerging as a vital and powerful force after an extended period of stagnation and demoralization, and we face a political landscape more favorable than perhaps at any time since the 1960s. For roughly 30 years after the end of World War II, the United States and non-Communist Europe experienced solid economic growth, declining inequality, expanding social services and increasing working-class power, coupled with landmark advances toward racial, gender and sexual equality.

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.

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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.

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6:30pm, Thursday August 10, 2017
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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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