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|November, 2012||Native Struggles Study Guide||HTML|
|The last twenty years, especially this last decade, have been marked by increasing struggle between the indigenous people of North America and the illegitimate colonial governments in Ottawa and Washington D.C. Inspired by the watershed events at Oka in 1990 and the 1994 uprising by Mayan Indians in Chiapas, Mexico, indigenous people in North America, especially in Canada, have begun to reassert themselves, their power and their rights on the international stage.|
|October, 2012||Murray Cooke and Dennis Pilon||Left Turn in Canada?: The NDP Breakthrough and the Future of Canadian Politics|
In the last Canadian federal election, the New Democratic Party (NDP) won more than 30 per cent of the popular vote. For the first time in the party’s fifty-year existence, it now forms the Official Opposition in the national Parliament in Ottawa. Because of this remarkable showing, the question of whether this election represents a historic national breakthrough for the Canadian left has been put on the agenda.
Conventionally, the NDP is considered a social democratic party in the Anglo-American mold, rather than the European socialist tradition. The party emerged much later than comparable labour parties in Europe, the UK and Australia. And unlike other comparable socialist and labour parties, it did not displace the traditional reformist Liberal Party. Arguably the key barrier to the Canadian left has been the continued viability of the Canadian Liberal Party, long after comparable liberal parties have waned in Europe and Australia. Therefore, the sudden increase in seats and shift into second place in the national party system, largely due to a breakthrough in the French-speaking province of Québec, was both unprecedented and unexpected.
|August, 2012||Matilde Adduci||Capitalism in our Time: Crisis, Austerity and what Spaces for Change?|
|The present crisis scenario – which came into being with the 2007/08 financial meltdown triggered by the US sub-prime mortgage crisis and which, by 2009, had turned into an economic contraction of worldwide proportions– is ever
more pervaded by insistent calls for austerity politics. In some countries, such as Greece and Italy, these politics are being implemented by so-called technical governments, as if such a label could ratify the supposed ineluctability, as well as
the neutrality, of austerity measures. As a matter of fact, while the spaces for politics may appear to be all the more shrunken in the face of the austerity dogma what with the vast majority of the political spectrum in many different countries
sadly echoing Margaret Thatcher’s famous slogan, "there is no alternative" – austerity politics are fundamentally affecting the labour arena. The increasing normalization of the process of labour precarization, together with the rise in
unemployment levels, is in fact accompanied in the core capitalist countries by a new wave of cutbacks casting a gloomy shadow over the social entitlements of the labouring classes. With a severe shrinking of social welfare and pension systems,
this politics looks like a bitter farewell to the welfare institutions that came into being during the «golden age» of capitalism and constitutes a major setback in the struggle for social rights.
In the face of this scenario, the two most recent volumes of the Socialist Register provide the reader with important analytical tools to fathom the social, economic and political depths of the current crisis.
|March, 2012||Daniel Bensaid||On John Holloway's Change the World without Taking Power||HTML|
|Can we speak of a libertarian current, as if this continuous thread were unrolling throughout contemporary history, as if it were possible to tie a sufficient number of affinities to it to make what holds it together win out over what divides it? Such a current, if in fact it exists, is indeed characterised by a considerable theoretical eclecticism, and crosscut by strategic orientations that not only diverge but also often contradict each other. We can nonetheless maintain the hypothesis that there is a libertarian ‘tone’ or ‘sensibility’ that is broader than anarchism as a specifically defined political position. It is thus possible to speak of a libertarian communism (exemplified notably by Daniel Guérin), a libertarian messianism (Walter Benjamin), a libertarian Marxism (Michael Löwy and Miguel Abensour), and even a ‘libertarian Leninism’ whose especial source is State and Revolution.|
|July, 2011||Jerome Klassen and William K. Carroll||Transnational Class Formation?|
|Using Canada as a case study, this paper maps the changing network of directorship interlocks between leading firms in Canada and the world economy. In particular, the paper examines the role of transnational corporations in the Canadian corporate network; the resilience of a national corporate community; and new patterns of cross-border interlocking amongst transnational firms.|
|May, 2011||Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin||Capitalist Crises and the Crisis This Time|
|Exactly a hundred and fifty years before the current crisis began in August 2007, the collapse of the Ohio Life Insurance Company in New York
triggered what became known as 'the great crisis of 1857-8.' As it quickly spread to Europe's main financial centres, Karl Marx 'was delighted and
thrilled by the prospects for another revolutionary upsurge on the continent.'
This is the opening essay of the 2011 Socialist Register.
|December, 2009||Sam Gindin||Thinking About Alternatives: Their Crisis and Ours||MP3 audio|
|Part of the "Crisis and Opportunity" - Parkland Fall 2009 Conference. Click on audio player to start streaming:|
|December, 2009||Carlo Fanelli||The City of Toronto Fiscal Crisis|
|This paper examines the root causes of the Toronto fiscal crisis in the context of federal and provincial offloading of services and responsibilities. Moreover, the author argues that corresponding municipal governments have consolidated and expanded processes of urban neoliberalism.|
|June, 2009||Leo Panitch||Thoroughly Modern Marx||HTML|
|The economic crisis has spawned a resurgence of interest in Karl Marx. Worldwide sales of Das Kapital have shot up (one lone German publisher sold thousands of copies in 2008, compared with 100 the year before), a measure of a crisis so broad in scope and devastation that it has global capitalism–and its high priests–in an ideological tailspin.|
|Feb., 2009||Vivek Chibber||Capitalism and the State||YouTube Video|
|Vivek Chibber, Professor of Sociology at New York University, presented this lecture, "Capitalism and the State", as part of a Brecht Forum program at the New York Marxist School (Mar 27, 2007).|
|June, 2008||David Harvey||Reading Marx's Capital||Video|
|David Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital, Volume I for nearly 40 years, and his lectures are now available online for the first time. This open course consists of 13 video lectures of Professor Harvey’s close chapter by chapter reading of Capital, Volume I.|
|June, 2008||Michael Lebowitz||Socialism for the 21st Century||HTML||Audio|
|Michael Lebowitz is a founding member of the Socialist Studies Society and a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser University. He delivers his speech "Socialism for the 21st Century" at the Humanities Congress 2008 held at the University of British Columbia. He compares the past of Socialism to the current applications in Venezuela and its applicability in the North America.|
|May, 2008||Leo Panitch, Alex Demirovic||The State is 'back'||RLS Website (English translation by Google)||RLS Website (in German)|
|Audio by Leo Panitch | audio by Alex Demirovic | discussion – hosted by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS), Germany.|
|March, 2008||Ingar Solty||The Historic Significance of the New German Left Party|
|Jan, 2008||Roundtable: "Decline of the Dollar, Decline of the Empire?"
with: Chris Rude, Scott Aquanno, David McNally, Sam Gindin; moderator Leo Panitch
|Video Set 1
Video Set 2
|Jan, 2008||Roundtable: "Neoliberalism, Financial Capital and Mexico under Calderon: Still in Crisis?"
with: Alejandro Alvarez, Hepzibah Munoz Martinez, Tom Marois, Richard Roman
|Dec, 2007||Gregory Albo||Neoliberalism and the Discontented|
|When neoliberalism made its debut as a political project at the end of the 1970s, it was taken for granted in most quarters of the Left that it was neither politically nor economically sustainable. The emerging New Right regimes of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Kohl and Brian Mulroney could intensify class conflict and spread the ideology of market populism, it was suggested, but they would leave no enduring institutional or political legacy.|
|Jan, 2008||Comments on the "Robert Brenner and Sam Gindin Debate"||Louis Proyect website|
|Dec, 2007||Robert Brenner and Sam Gindin Discuss Neoliberalism at Brecht Forum||audio||video|
|Nov 25, 2007||Tribute to Che Guevara
with Greg Albo, Laureano Cardoso Toledo, Marcos Hernandez, Lisa Makarchuk
|video of the tribute|
|Nov 17, 2007||Launch of the Socialist Register 2008
with special guests Aijaz Ahmad and Sabah Alnasseri
|video of the launch|
|Oct, 2007||Ingo Schmidt||Atlantic Capitalism: One World or More?
Transatlantic quarrels over the war in Iraq have posed the question whether the partnership between the rich and powerful countries on both sides of the Atlantic is doomed. By exploring post-war history this article traces back the emergence of an Atlantic capitalism.
|Oct, 2007||Simon Enoch||Changing the Ideological Fabric? A Brief History of (Canadian) Neoliberalism
The problem of neoliberalism as the dominant policy discourse in Canada has less to do with mass persuasion and more to do with the erosion of democratic avenues for popular participation.
|Oct 5, 2007||
North American DVD Launch of "Ernest Mandel: A life for the revolution".
Order inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
|video of the launch|
|Aug 26, 2007||Greg Albo||"Turbulence: Financial Capital and the Credit Crisis"
One of the central features of neoliberal globalization has been the growth of complex financial markets. These have included a vast expansion of credit markets, and the growth of derivatives trading in risk that has underpinned the expansion. In the last months, the squeeze on workers' incomes and a mild economic slowdown has caused a crisis in mortgage lending for housing. This in turn has expanded into wider turbulence in financial markets over the last month. The central banks in Canada and internationally have intervened massively to support liquidity for financial capital. This discussion will explain some of the features of these new structures of accumulation and credit, and some of the wider economic and political issues for social struggle in the coming period. By Greg Albo, Socialist Project activist and teacher of Political Economy at York University, Toronto.
Part I audio - (22:46): Current crisis; development of complex credit; circulation of capital.
|Part II audio - (17:49): Market structures; borrowers-lenders.|
|Part III audio - (25:43): Liquidity crisis; Global trading blocks; stability and asymmetry.|
|July 2, 2007||Pedagogy, Human Development and Socialism: The Bolivarian Revolution. Selections from a conversation between
Peter McLaren and
Michael Lebowitz (video recorded September 14, 2006). (See LeftStreamed page)
Part I - (9:02): The Bolivarian constitution and radical pedagogy.
Part II - (8:50): Constitution, pedagogy and praxis.
Part III - (20:14): The issue of socialism.
• "The working class demands the right to make its mistakes and learn the dialectic of history." - Rosa Luxemburg (1904), Leninism or Marxism?.
• Gajo Petrovic
• Paulo Freire (1970), Pedagogy of the Oppressed
• Beyond Capital: Toward a Theory of Transition by István Mészáros.
• "The communal character of production would make the product into a communal, general product from the outset. The exchange which originally takes place in production – which would not be an exchange of exchange values but of activities, determined by communal needs and communal purposes – would from the outset include the participation of the individual in the communal world of products." - Karl Marx (1857), The Grundrisse.
|June 17, 2007||Michael Lebowitz and 21st Century Socialism
Introductions by Danelia Chacon and Greg Albo - (11:10),
• Michael Lebowitz: background, what is 21st century socialism... - (32:48),
the five motors of socialism - (28:09),
q+a first round - (18:13), q+a second and third rounds - (33:20).
Go to LeftStreamed video page
|March 16, 2007||Forum: Impact of Neoliberalism on the Left
Introduction by Corvin Russell - (3:45),
• First Round: Judy Rebick - (11:25), Hilary Wainwright - (14:34), Sam Gindin - (8:41).
• Second Round: Judy Rebick - (4:11), Hilary Wainwright - (4:45), Sam Gindin - (2:39).
|Feb, 2007||Wally Brooker||Zionism & the Israel-Palestine Conflict - A Brief Survey|
|Feb, 2007||Gregory Albo||The Limits of Eco-Localism: Scale, Strategy, Socialism|
|Nov, 2006||Eric Hobsbawm||Could it have been different?||HTML|
|July 23, 2006||Dan Freeman-Maloy||Israel, Racism and the Canadian Media||HTML|
|April 27, 2006||Richard Roman and
Edur Velasco Arregui
|The State, the Bourgeoisie and the Unions:
The Recycling of Mexico’s System of Labor Control
|April 17, 2006||Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)||Central Committee - Press Statement||HTML|
|March, 2006||Ronald Aronson||The Left Needs More Socialism||HTML|
|June, 2005||Interview with Gregory Albo by
the Turkish Marxist journal Praksis
|Capitalism, Neoliberalism and the Renewal of Socialism|
|Jan, 2006||Gregory Albo||The Unexpected Revolution: Venezuela Confronts Neoliberalism|
|Feb, 2006||Buzz Hargrove - Sam Gindin||The CAW’s Direction: A Dialogue||HTML|
|Feb, 2006||John S. Saul||“Humanitarian Imperialism”:
Ferguson, Ignatieff and the Political Science of Good Empire
|World Capitalism & Global Resistance
Socialism or Barbarism?
|Nov/Dec 2005||István Mészáros||Interviewed by Mehdi Kouhestaninejad||HTML|
|Nov/Dec 2005||Minqi Li||China and the Future of the Capitalist World Economy
Comments on Interview with István Mészáros
|Nov/Dec 2005||Gregory Albo||Global Imbalances, Global Crisis?
Comments on Interview with István Mészáros
|Nov/Dec 2005||Sam Gindin||Restructuring Labour, Restructuring Class Formation
Comments on Interview with István Mészáros
|Sept/Oct, 2005||Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin||Superintending Global Capital|
|November, 2005||Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin||‘Imperialism and global political economy’:
A reply to Callinicos
|Alex Callinicos||Imperialism and global political economy||HTML|
|Feb, 2004||Tanner Mirrlees||Remembering the Days of Action,
Re-Orienting Socialist Strategy
|Dec, 2002||Carlos Pessoa||Theory, Democracy and the Left - An Interview with Leo Panitch||HTML|
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