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Global Intern Strike!

20 February 2017.


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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.

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If You Don't Understand the Second Product, You Understand Nothing About Marx's Capital

Athens — 14 January 2017.


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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.



What's the Matter with America?

Toronto — 26 January 2017.


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Introductions by Byan Evans and Ron Vogel, Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

Organized by Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture and Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.


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161. 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.
160. 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.
159. 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.
158. 2 February 2013 Aftermath of the Port Said Massacre: Ultras Strike Back Mustafa, Ali
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.
157. 27 January 2013 Anti-Capitalism and Feminism Luxton, Meg and Shahrzad Mojab
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156. 20 January 2013 Free Palestine: Reportback from the World Social Forum
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155. 23 December 2012 Book Launch: Monsters of the Market McNally, David
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154. 9 December 2012 The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State Wahl, Asbjørn
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.
153. 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.
152. 25 November 2012 The Concept of 'Fairness': Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities Lebowitz, Michael
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".
151. 21 October 2012 Occupy Socialism Schmidt, Ingo
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.
150. 23 September 2012 Social Democracy After the Cold War Evans, Bryan and Leo Panitch
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149. 16 September 2012 Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights
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148. 19 August 2012 Contested Futures: Tar Sands and Environmental Justice
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147. 22 July 2012 Lessons From Quebec
Student Activists from Quebec visit Ryerson Student Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Recorded 19 July 2012.
146. 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.
145. 8 July 2012 QuAIA at Pride 2012
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144. 24 June 2012 The Challenges of the Greek Left After the Election Panitch, Leo
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143. 3 June 2012 Public Health Care in Ontario Under Attack
OHC Town Hall presentations on the effect of recent Ontario Government Budget on Health Care and social services. Recorded 26 May 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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