19 March 2017.
This is a collection of videos dealing with Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. This playlist starts with an audio recording of Capital Volume 1. And here's a link to the text of Capital.
It is 150 years since Karl Marx published the first volume of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy in 1867, with the two subsequent volumes coming
out under the editorship of Friedrich Engels over the next decades. As its subtitle suggests, Capital is a masterful appraisal of the ‘vulgar’ defences of
capitalism focused on exchange and markets and the more ‘scientific’ accounts of classical political economy highlighting the production of an economic surplus
and its distribution between the social classes. Capital is, however, foremost a dissection of the historical social relations and mode of production of capitalism. From its initial publication, Marx's Capital steadily gained
prominence as the indispensable point of departure for understanding the inner workings of the capitalist system – its modes of exploitation and
appropriation of the economic product produced by the working classes, the relationship between the workday, the wage and the social reproduction of the
working class family, the continual drive toward technological change, the production of armies of surplus labour, and the social forces polarizing the
accumulation of wealth on the one side and poverty on the other. These themes and concepts remain critical guides to understanding our times and the contradictions lived daily under neoliberal capitalism. It is hardly necessary
to point out their relevance for dispensing with the theoretical schemas that dominate the bourgeois media and the economic policies of capitalist states. If capitalism has considerably evolved since Marx’s time, Capital retains its
importance as a theoretical testament to the unfreedoms, inequalities and crises produced by capitalism and a political manifesto for a democratic socialism as the necessary route forward.
20 February 2017.
On February 20th, young people across the world will come together to push for an end to the exploitative and exclusionary practice of unpaid internships. Decentralised actions will take place in a range of cities, to call on employers and leaders to ensure that quality intern opportunities are paid and accessible to all - regardless of their socioeconomic background.
There is an increasing tendency around the world to hire interns, often without pay and with very little possibility of achieving a real education or a stable job. In the last few years, the rise of the intern economy has attracted the attention of journalists and activists; sociologists, however,
are still paying inadequate attention to this phenomenon and its causes. This inattention contributes to a growing ambiguity surrounding the term ‘internship’, making it difficult to understand its aims and to evaluate its abuses. In other words, sociological analysis is very much needed not only to explain the explosion of the intern economy, but also to develop a critical compass to raise awareness about the uses and abuses of internships.
Athens — 14 January 2017.
The following talk was given at the International conference “150 years Karl Marx's Capital - Reflections for the 21st century” held in Athens, Greece on January 14-15, 2017. Organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Athens Office in cooperation with Theseis, the conference discussed the actuality of Marx's theoretical system of the critique of political economy 150 years on from the publication of Capital Volume I.
In this presentation, Lebowitz notes: “Unfortunately, for many who have followed Marx in name and others who never pretended to do so, there is only one product – the change in circumstances, the change in the object of labour. The second product – the change in human beings, the change in the subject of labour – is ignored. The political effects of this blindness can be seen everywhere. In the countries of ‘real socialism’ where the absence of self-government and self-management produced a working class with neither the capacity nor the will to prevent the restoration of capitalism. In the social democrats who, convinced that they are cleverer than capital, use the strength of the working class as a credible threat in their negotiations rather than as a force to be built and built and, accordingly, emerge from the most disgraceful defeats as immaculate as they were innocent. In political parties of the left which, rather than treating social movements as multiple sites for developing the capacities of the working class, view them as fertile ground for the recruitment of cadres for their disciplined phalanxes and celebrate in their solitary gatherings the distilled purity of their brands and their preparedness for the next October. It is not only political practice, however, that has suffered from the eclipse of the second product. Without an understanding of the centrality of the key link between human development and human capacity, we are blind to the limitations of Marx's Capital.”
Michael A. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and the author of The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted, The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, Beyond Capital: Marx's Political Economy of the Working Class, Build It Now: Socialism for the 21st Century and Following Marx: Method, Critique, and Crisis. His latest book is The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now.
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||24 February 2013
||Abortion Rights: Access and Barriers
|Analysis of abortion rights at the federal and provincial levels, with a focus on New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. Recorded in Toronto, 9 February 2013 as part of the GTWA anti-capitalism and feminism series.|
||18 February 2013
||Canada and the Palestine Question
|Dan Freeman-Maloy speaking at York University, February 7 2013. The talk situates Canadian policy within the context of Anglo-American imperialism on Palestine, reviews some of the mythology concerning Canada's 'liberal internationalist' past, and describes the basic development of Canadian Zionism, from the ethnic cleansing of 1948 to the war on terror.|
||17 February 2013
||Book Launch: Toward the United Front
||Riddell, John; David McNally, Greg Albo, Suzanne Weiss and Paul Kellogg
|Book launch of Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922. The full congress record is now available for the first time in English and in paperback. Editor and translator John Riddell reflects on the lessons of translating the rich conversations and debates that shaped a generation of revolutionaries, and the implications for activists in current conditions of global capitalism.|
||10 February 2013
||Launching the Socialist Register 2013
|Chaired by Leo Panitch. Panel discussion with book contributors: Joan Sangster, Meg Luxton, Sam Gindin, Stephen Hellman, John Saul and Greg Albo. Recorded January 31, in Toronto.|
||3 February 2013
||Beyond Toronto's Transit Crisis
|How can our campaign contribute to Toronto's transit movement and help transform the city? How could our demand for free and accessible public transit promote environmental justice and sustainability, housing, jobs and social equality? How can we move forward the GTWA Free and Accessible Transit Campaign? Recorded 20 January 2013 in Toronto.|
||2 February 2013
||Aftermath of the Port Said Massacre: Ultras Strike Back
|On February 1, 2012, 74 people were killed and over 1,000 more injured in a stadium riot following a football match between rival clubs Al-Masry and Al-Ahly in Port Said, Egypt. Al-Ahly fans, also known as 'Ultras,' directly blamed the Ministry of Interior for orchestrating the violence. Ensuing clashes in downtown Cairo between protesters and security forces lasted five days, leading to at least another dozen people killed in the aftermath.|
||27 January 2013
||Anti-Capitalism and Feminism
||Luxton, Meg and Shahrzad Mojab
|Presentations by Meg Luxton - "Socialist Feminism in Canada: A Brief History"; Shahrzad Mojab - "Marxist Feminism: Keywords and Key Concepts." Recorded 12 January 2013 in Toronto.|
||20 January 2013
||Free Palestine: Reportback from the World Social Forum
|In the aftermath of apartheid Israel's most recent attack on the people of Gaza, over 3000 delegates travelled to Porto Alegre, Brazil to participate in the World Social Forum - Free Palestine. From November 28 to December 1, 2012 this historic gathering brought together Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists from more than 35 countries to discuss, educate, strategize, mobilize and expand networks across organizations and global campaigns. A popular theme of the forum was building joint strategies for advancing the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).|
||23 December 2012
||Book Launch: Monsters of the Market
|A night to celebrate the launch (in paperback) of David McNally's Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism and the book's receipt of the 2012 Deutscher Prize. With MCs Faria Kamal and Alan Sears, remarks from Himani Bannerji and a reading by the author. Recorded 4 December 2012 in Toronto.|
||9 December 2012
||The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State
|In an age of government imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neoliberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain. Asbjørn Wahl offers an accessible analysis of the situation across Europe, identifies the most important challenges and presents practical proposals for combating the assault on welfare. Recorded 15 Nov 2012 in Toronto.|
||2 December 2012
||Tar Sands Come to Ontario - No Line 9!
|What is Line 9? Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline could be pumping corrosive and toxic tar sands across Ontario soon. Line 9 cuts through Toronto, north of Finch. Tar sands in Line 9 would menace natural environments, violate Native land rights, and threaten our communities across the province. And exploitation of Canada's tar sands escalates climate change, posing a deadly threat to all the world's peoples. Presentations by Wes Elliott, Vanessa Gray, Aaron Detlor, Art Sterritt, and Maude Barlow.
||25 November 2012
||The Concept of 'Fairness': Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities
|Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC) -- the Fourth Annual Conference in Critical Social Research: Faultlines of Revolution! Keynote address by Michael A. Lebowitz: The Concept of "Fairness": Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities. The talk draws on Lebowitz's latest book, The Contradictions of "Real Socialism".|
||21 October 2012
|Alternatives to Economic Inequality, Imperialist War and Ecological Destruction. Ingo Schmidt is an economist, a writer, and a labour educator. He is the Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University. Recorded 29 September 2012 in Vancouver.|
||23 September 2012
||Social Democracy After the Cold War
||Evans, Bryan and Leo Panitch
|Offering a comparative look at social democratic experience since the Cold War, the volume examines countries where social democracy has long been an influential political force, while also considering the history of the NDP, the social democratic tradition in the United States, and the emergence of New Left parties in Germany and the province of Quebec.|
||16 September 2012
||Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights
|Devastated by a far-reaching anti-worker Bill 115: Putting Students First Act (it was passed Sept. 11), rank and file education workers convened a funeral for collective bargaining rights on the lawn of Queen's Park. The solemn ceremony comes after education workers spent weeks trying to stop the legislation by lobbying Members of Provincial Parliament, rallying at Queen's Park, and addressing the public through the media.|
||19 August 2012
||Contested Futures: Tar Sands and Environmental Justice
|Presentations by Raul Burbano and Bryan Dale reporting back from Rio+20 and the People's Summit in Brazil. Plus other reports on front-line resistance in Ontario. Recorded 30 July in Toronto.|
||22 July 2012
||Lessons From Quebec
|Student Activists from Quebec visit Ryerson Student Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Recorded 19 July 2012.|
||15 July 2012
||Book Launch: Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada
|Co-editors Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage launched their new book, Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, in Toronto. Recorded 17 June 2012.|
||8 July 2012
||QuAIA at Pride 2012
|Marching with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) at the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, 1 July 2012. Chants heard along the parade route: Whose Pride? Our Pride! Queers Against apartheid!; Our only course of action? Boycott Divestment Sanctions!...|
||24 June 2012
||The Challenges of the Greek Left After the Election
|After two years of anti-austerity street battles, Greece is in the midst of a highly polarized electoral battle. Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, gained 10% over their previous election result. But the direction and programme of Syriza is far from settled, and containing many contradiction and tensions. The crisis in Greece and Europe is far from settled, and will enter a new phase. Leo Panitch having just returned from a week in Greece where he met many senior officials in Syriza, and also of the radical left coalition Antarsya, speaking at one of their congresses.|
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