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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||9 March 2010
||Rally for Striking Steelworkers
|Rally for Steelworker Locals 6500 and 6200 on strike at Vale Inco in Sudbury, Port Colborne and Voisey's Bay (Recorded March 6 in Toronto).|
||27 February 2010
||Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution - The 2nd Decade
||Janicke, Kiraz; Federico Fuentes
|Profile of a People's Movement - with Kiraz Janicke, Federico Fuentes. Moderated by Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 26 February 2010.|
||26 February 2010
||Crash! OCAP Visits Liberal Party Fundraiser
|The misery and suffering that is being inflicted on those losing the Special Diet is enormous and OCAP is here to challenge it.|
||21 February 2010
||Is Marx Back?
||Panitch, Leo; Ian Morrison
|Interview with Leo Panitch by Ian Morrison of the Platypus Affiliated Society. Recorded in Toronto, February 19, 2010.|
||17 February 2010
||Ecology Under Fire: Climate Change, Copenhagen and Prospects for Change
||Dalby, Simon; Matthew Paterson; Richard Girard
|With this workshop we tried to answer the following questions: What is at stake in Copenhagen? Can Capitalism and Environmental Sustainability Coexist? How will climate change alter our socio-economic and political landscapes? What needs to be done to stave off a climate crisis clusterbomb?|
||8 February 2010
||China, Japan and the U.S.: Together in Crisis?
||Murphy, R. Taggart; Ho-fung Hung; Johanna Brenner
|R. Taggart Murphy, Ho-fung Hung, Johanna Brenner, Sam Gindin. Moderated by Leo Panitch. Recorded February 5, 2010.|
||7 February 2010
||Relief, Occupations and the Haiti Crisis
||Podur, Justin; Dan Freeman-Maloy
|Justin Podur visited Haiti in 2005 to study the UN occupation and the government after the 2004 coup. This is a recording of a public event that took place in Toronto on February 2, 2010 at the Centre for Social Justice.|
||27 January 2010
||Launch of Socialist Register 2010: Morbid Symptoms, Health Under Capitalism
||Leys, Colin; Pat Armstrong
|A panel discussion with contributing authors:
- Colin Leys - Health, health care and capitalism
- Pat Armstrong - Contradictions at work: struggles for control in Canadian health care
- Roddy Loepky - Certain wealth: Accumulation in the health industry
Chaired by Greg Albo. Recorded January 21, 2010.
- Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition
- Dr Andy Coates, Physicians for a National Health Program, Co-Chair, Single Payer New York
||11 January 2010
||Neoliberalism and the Current Crisis in Mexico
|A Seminar with Andrés Barreda, held at Carleton University on November 27th, 2009; presented by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Political Economy in collaboration with CSRC.|
||28 December 2009
||World Peace Forum 2009
|1929-1939: From crash to catastrophe - A teach-in on what happened and its lessons for today.|
||9 December 2009
||OCAP Metro Hall Occupation
|Members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and more than 150 people struggling to survive on Ontario Works and ODSP occupied the 12th floor of Toronto's Metro Hall.|
||6 December 2009
||Roots of the Economic Crisis: Critical Perspectives
||Jackson, Andrew; Toby Sanger
|This workshop explores alternative interpretations of the current economic crisis. The presentations are from organized labour, community activists and academics. The focus of this workshop is critical engagement, discussion and debate. Recorded October 29, 2009 in Ottawa.|
||27 November 2009
||Privatization of Public Services and Consequences for Labour
|Experiences from Europe. Facilitated by Bryan Evans. Recorded November 13, 2009 in Toronto.|
||21 November 2009
||Was the German Election a Turning Point?
||Peters, Frederick; Ingar Solty
|Five analysts look at the German election in 2009. Recorded November 13, 2009 in Toronto.|
||7 November 2009
||Campaign for a Poverty Free Ontario
||OCAP; Faith Nolan
|Poverty Free Ontario rallies in Toronto with OCAP and CFS. Music by Faith Nolan. Recorded November 5, 2009 in Toronto.|
||1 November 2009
||Capitalist Crisis and the Global Division of Labour
|The director of Analytica Social and Economic Research and honorary Professor of International Labour Studies at London Metropolitan University, she is renowned for her pioneering research on the economic and social impacts of technological change, the telemediated relocation of employment and the changing international division of labour, especially in the global service sector. Recorded October 30, 2009 in Toronto.|
||25 October 2009
||Venezuela: The Battle for Workers' Control
|Produced as part of Centro Internacional Miranda's Transformative Practice and Human Development, directed by Michael Lebowitz.|
||14 October 2009
||ALBA: Dawn of Solidarity in Latin America
||Morano, Manuel; Jose Martinez, Paul Kellogg
|Panel on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. Recorded September 30, 2009 in Toronto.|
||8 October 2009
||Organizing Working Class Communities
||Gindin, Sam; Steve Williams
|Steve Williams is co-director of the California based group POWER: People Organized to win Employment Rights, which since the late 1990's has been one of the most important Worker's Action Centres in the U.S., and co-authour of the book Towards Land, Work and Power: Charting a Path of Resistance to U.S.-led Imperialism.
||30 June 2009
||Hanieh, Adam; Patrick Bond
|This discusson explores the impact of the financial crisis in the global south, particularly with respect to cases in Africa and the Middle East, and emerging class struggles.|
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