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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||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.|
||21 June 2014
||Fair Wages Now!
|Workers and community activists present the Ministry of Labour with a petition to raise the minimum wage to $14 in Ontario.|
||15 June 2014
||Reaching the Tipping Point?
|Anti-Normalization and Academic Boycott from South Africa to Canada. With special guest Salim Vally, Professor at University of Jonnesburg, founding member of Congress of South African Trade Union and the Palestinian Solidarity Committee.|
||14 June 2014
||Organizing Beyond Current Struggles
|Moderated by Rebecca Schein. Presentations by Brian McDougall is an organizer with CAPE and member of Solidarity Against Austerity; and Jeremie Bedard-Wien is an activist with Quebec Solidaire, and was an organizer of the 2012 Quebec Student Strike.|
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