Toronto — 15 January 2015.
This 51st annual Socialist Register completes the investigation of class formation and class strategies on a global scale begun with last year’s volume. Deploying an understanding of class as an historical social process – rather than an abstract sociological category or statistical artifact – the essays here investigate the concrete ways that working classes are being made and remade in the struggles against neoliberalism, austerity and authoritarian governments. Taking stock of the changing balance of class forces as well as old and new forms of workplace, household and political organization, they uncover the class strategies being debated and adapted in different zones of the world.
Chaired by Leo Panitch. Panel discussion with contributors:
- David McNally and Sue Ferguson: Precarious Migrants: Gender, Race and the Social Reproduction of a Global Working Class
- Adolph Reed: The Crisis of Labour and the Left in the United States
- John McCullough: The Middle Class in Hollywood: Anxieties of the American Dream
- Greg Albo co-editor of Socialist Register
Capitalism vs the Climate
Toronto — 11 January 2015.
The Lima Conference should have been a milestone that marked out how governments will take urgent action to tackle climate change and to support vulnerable people across the world to adapt to its locked in impacts. But it was a failure and ran up against a political-economic system that puts the pursuit of profit above the needs of people and the limits of nature.
This is the importance of Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, where she argues that the main culprit of runaway climate change is the system itself: capitalism. She explains that a system that requires endless growth is incompatible with sustainability and meaningful climate action. Klein insists and shows that market solutions will not do the trick, and that even "Big Green" environmental groups are part of the problem because they falsely suggest we can solve the crisis without fundamental changes in society.
Moderated by Lana Goldberg. Presentations by:
- Umair Muhammad is the author of Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualsm. He is a PhD student in Political Science at York University. His research focuses on the political economy of the environment.
- Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, where she teaches and advises students in the areas of ecological economics and critical interdisciplinary research design. Her research focuses on feminist ecological economics, climate justice, and participatory community and watershed-based environmental education for political action.
- Sam Gindin spent most of his working life in the trade union movement as research director of the Canadian Autoworkers. He is the co-author, with Leo Panitch of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire.
The forum was sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly and Socialist Project.
The Mexican state, North American Capitalism, and the 43 Missing Students
Toronto — 12 December 2014.
The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept. On September 26th 2014, over 100 students from a rural teacher's college were passing through the nearby town of Iguala in Guerrero en route to a demonstration in Mexico City. Three were killed along with three bystanders and 43 are still missing. The families of the students continue to demand that their children be returned alive.
Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by:
- Judith Adler Hellman, Professor of Political Science at York University and author of The World of Mexican Migrants (2008), Mexican Lives (1999) and Mexico in Crisis (1988).
- Anna Zalik, Associate Professor at York University, writes extensively on the oil sector and capitalist development in Mexico, Nigeria, and Canada.
- Richard Roman, co-author of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers, and Unions in the Transformation of North America.
The forum was sponsored by: Common Frontiers, Centre for Social Justice and Socialist Project.
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||25 January 2015
||Launching the Socialist Register 2015: Transforming Classes
|This 51st annual Socialist Register completes the investigation of class formation and class strategies on a global scale begun with last year's volume. Presentations by David McNally, Sue Ferguson, Adolph Reed, John McCullough and co-editors Leo Panitch and Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 15 January 2015.|
||18 January 2015
||This Changes Everything
||Muhammad, Umair; Patricia Perkins, Sam Gindin
|Umair Muhammad, Patricia Perkins and Sam Gindin discuss the importance of Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, where she argues that the main culprit of runaway climate change is the system itself: capitalism. Recorded in Toronto, 11 January 2015.|
||21 December 2014
||Partners in Crime
|The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept. Recorded in Toronto, 12 December 2014.|
||14 December 2014
||Book launch: A Line in the Tarsands
|Tar sands 'development' comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents -- fighting a powerful international industry -- are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed. Recorded in Toronto, 29 November 2014.|
||7 December 2014
||Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism
||Shipley, Tyler; Judy Deutsch; Sabah Alnasseri; Sardar Saadi
|Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the 'new militarism' that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Can the intervention succeed even on its own militarist terms? What are the alternatives for the anti-war movement? Recorded in Toronto, 27 November 2014.|
||30 November 2014
||Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green
|Ian Angus discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist and ecological principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Recorded in Ottawa, 16 November 2014.|
||23 November 2014
||Left Strategies for the 21st Century
|Leo Panitch was invited by the Slovenian Institute for Labour Studies to give a lecture on left strategies.|
||22 November 2014
||Class 101: Workers, Middle Class, and the 1%
||Cummings, Jordy; John Sharkey
|A discussion between John Sharkey and Jordy Cummings about class... what is class, manual vs intellectual labour, what is exploitation, and how does it relate to other oppressions?|
||9 November 2014
||The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine
|Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, presents his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war.|
||2 November 2014
||Beyond the Gridlock
|Struggles to expand public transport and to block privatization are central to overturning neoliberalism and addressing climate justice. This forum brings together some of the leading public transit activists in Europe and North America.|
||26 October 2014
||Radical Political Poetry
|Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence. Readings by Kaushalya Bannerji, Cheran, and Himani Bannerji. Recorded 18 October 2014.|
||15 October 2014
||Chicago Teachers' Strike
|Jackson Potter, a co-founder of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and a full time organizer for the Chicago Teachers' Union, discusses how rank and file teachers led one of the most successful strikes in decades.|
||13 October 2014
||Fight for Fare Free Transit in Toronto
||Pietrzyk, Kamilla; Michael Laxer
|Kamilla Pietrzyk of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly's Free and Accessible Transit Campaign; Ward 6 Socialist city council candidate Michael Laxer, who is campaigning for Free Transit. Recorded in Toronto, 28 September 2014.|
||5 October 2014
||Neoliberalism and the Far Right
||Albo, Greg; Bill Fletcher Jr
|Analyzing neoliberalism and the far right with Greg Albo and Bill Fletcher Jr. Recorded in Toronto, 24 September 2014.|
||21 September 2014
||Teachers Teaching Teachers
|Preparing for Tough Negotiations. Q+A discussion with Helen Victoros and Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator/Organizer with the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU) and member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE).|
||12 August 2014
||All Out for Gaza
|Stop the assault. End the siege. Boycott Israel. Rally held in Toronto, Canada, outside the Israeli Consulate on 10 August 2014. Speakers: Raed Ayad, Judy Rebick, Zafar Bangash, Marie Clarke Walker, Sid Ryan.|
||10 August 2014
||The Gaza Ceasefire with Dan Freeman-Maloy
|The Ossington Circle is an internet talk show hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. In this episode, recorded during the 72-hour ceasefire at the end of a month of Israel attacking Gaza in 2014, Freeman-Maloy talks about the ceasefire, the long history of Israel's decades-long, disciplined destruction of Gaza and of Palestinian society, the ironclad Western support for Israel, and what people of conscience in the West can do about it.|
||4 August 2014
||Taking Action on Gaza
|On August 1, 2014, three weeks into Israel's assault on Gaza, people everywhere were holding fundraisers for medical aid and events to try to understand and figure out how to take action to stop the attack. This talk, given at one such event, describes the direction of Israel's - and the West's - politics on Gaza and Palestine more generally.|
||29 June 2014
||Peoples Social Forum
|Roger Rashi, Coordinator of the PSF and Dylan Penner discuss the plans for the forum including plans for marches, opportunities for groups to propose workshops, and plans for convergence assemblies to address common goals and strategies.|
||22 June 2014
||Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 60s
|Introduction by Greg Albo and moderated by Carolyn Egan. Presentations by Chris Schenk, Richard Fidler, Bryan Palmer and Ernie Tate. Recorded in Toronto, 11 June 2014.|
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