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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||16 July 2010
||Bargaining in an Era of Wage Restraint
||Gindin, Sam; Michael Hurley
|Re-thinking strategies for the public sector - with Sam Gindin and Michael Hurley. Recorded June 19, 2010 in Toronto.|
||28 June 2010
||Justice for Our Communities: No to G8/G20!
|From June 25th and 27th, 2010, the world's twenty richest countries (the G8 and G20) will send their ruling elite, along with heads of the IMF and World Bank, to meet in Huntsville and then in Toronto, to talk exploitation, wealth, and greed. Recorded June 25, Toronto.|
||27 June 2010
||Leys, Colin; Natalie Mehra
|A Forum on Health, Poverty and Privatization - with Colin Leys and Natalie Mehra. Recorded June 19, 2010 in Toronto.|
||22 June 2010
||Resisting the G20!
||Albo, Greg; John Clarke; Kamilla Pietrzyk
|An Anti-Capitalist Approach to Understanding and Resisting the G20 Agenda. Recorded June 20, 2010 in Toronto, part of the People's Summit.|
||12 June 2010
||Resist the G8/G20!
|This year the so-called leaders, finance ministers, and central bank governors of the 20 most powerful countries in the world will gather in Toronto, to meet, to strategize, to further their exploitative ideologies that benefit them and the corporations they serve. To further the actions and inactions that have trashed the planet and brought us to the brink of catastrophic climate change.|
||30 May 2010
||The Malthus Myth: Population, Poverty and Climate Change
|Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism and author of The Global Fight for Climate Justice. Ian is also Associate Editor of Socialist Voice. Recorded May 22, Toronto, Canada.|
||26 May 2010
||Capitalism, Race and Colonialism
|Presentations by Andrea Smith, Betsy Esch and David Roediger. Recorded May 16, at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University.|
||23 May 2010
||In and Out of Crisis: Authors Meet Critics
||Albo, Greg, Sam Gindin, Leo Panitch
|Presentations by the authors of In and Out of Crisis: Greg Albo, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch. Critics: Johanna Brenner and David McNally. Recorded May 16, at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University.|
||19 May 2010
||Marx and the Global South
||Prashad, Vijay; Kevin Anderson; Ananya Mukherjee Reed
|Presentations by Vijay Prashad, Kevin Anderson and Ananya Mukherjee Reed. Recorded May 15, at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University.|
||16 May 2010
||Solidarity with Nepal's Revolutionary People
||Rankin, Katharine; Derek Rosin
|Half a million in the Kathmandu streets, a general strike, calls for insurrection. Red flags flying everywhere. Can you smell the smoke in the breeze? Nepal's revolutionary movement is at a critical juncture, and they are asking for international solidarity. Recorded May 13, 2010 in Toronto.
||13 May 2010
||Report-back from Cochabamba
||Ghomeshi, Kimia; Ben Powless
|With delegates to the Cochabamba climate conference - World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Recorded May 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.|
||3 May 2010
||May Day 2010 - Toronto
||Rank n File band; NOII
|Rank n File band, recorded April 29; NOII-Toronto march for Status May 1.|
||24 April 2010
||McKay, Ian; Rafeef Ziadah
|This presentation (with Ian MacKay and Rafeef Ziadah) and discussion address some of the lessons and limitations of historic and contemporary (Canadian and international) visions of a world without capitalism. The panel reflects on different perspectives and the diversity of our vision of a 'new politics' - from Canadian working class history to indigenous feminism. (Recorded April 18, 2010, at the 3rd Workers' Assembly in Toronto)|
||22 April 2010
||OCAP March on McGuinty Government Over Cut to Special Diet
|On April 15th, OCAP marched on the Provincial Government, joined by a wide range of communities under attack and an array of allies. We intend this day to be a turning point. It is time for poor people to refuse the failed strategy of consultation with McGuinty's Liberals, and take up a serious mobilization to challenge them. (Recorded April 15, 2010 in Toronto)|
||18 April 2010
||From Honduras to Haiti
||Holmes, B.C.; Jose Martinez; Todd Gordon
|A discussion of recent political developments in, and solidarity efforts for, Honduras and Haiti. Both countries have been at the forefront of Canadian and American imperialist intervention in the region. In Honduras, the violent repression of anti-coup activists continues with the support of American and Canadian imperialism, as those same imperial powers plan their free market reconstruction of Haiti. Recorded April 13, 2010 in Toronto.|
||14 April 2010
||Sick of Hospital Cuts and Privatization
||Ontario Health Coalition
|Ontario Health Coalition and allies protested Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, on Front Street in front of the Royal York Hotel. (Recorded April 7, 2010 in Toronto)|
||11 April 2010
||Poverty and the Provincial Budget
||Clarke, John; Michael Hurley; Dr. Roland Wong
|The Ontario 2010 budget, released on March 25th, confirms that the McGuinty government's 'poverty reduction' efforts are all pretense. Poor and working people are being forced to pay for the economic crisis. New cuts to social assistance are the most devastating since Mike Harris slashed welfare rates in 1995. Recorded April 6, 2010 in Toronto.|
||6 April 2010
||The Fight Against Precarious Work
||Howlett, Dennis; Denise Corbett; Dale Clarke
|Moderated by Susan Spronk. Presentations by: Denise Corbett - PSAC Local 70396 Civilization/War Museum; Dennis Howlett - Make Poverty History; Dale Clarke - Labour Activist & former President of CUPW.
Recorded January 18, 2010 in Ottawa.|
||29 March 2010
||Myths of Progressive Zionism
||Nastovski, Katherine; Dana Olwan
|Labour, Race, Gender and Colonialism, recorded March 26, 2010 in Toronto.|
||14 March 2010
||Operating in the Obama Moment
||Fletcher Jr., Bill
|2010 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture recipient Bill Fletcher Jr. Recorded March 10, 2010 in Toronto, Canada|
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