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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||18 September 2016
|Even as labour in the developed world seems to be in retreat, industrial struggle continues elsewhere, and with particular force in the Global South. In Southern Insurgency, Immanuel Ness provides a thorough and expert perspective of three key countries where workers are fighting the spread of unchecked industrial capitalism: China, India, and South Africa. Recorded in Toronto, 8 September 2016.|
||28 August 2016
||Why Media Democracy?
|That the North American media is dominated by corporate monopolies serving capitalist interests and squeezing out critical voices is to state the obvious. The state media in Canada provide only the slightest respite from pro-business reportage. Media concentration in Canada is now the highest for the major capitalist countries. The same corporations who control TV and radio also own the major newspapers, but they have also bought up the smaller local media scattered across the country as well. The need for a vibrant, radical media democracy movement has never been more imperative in Canada.|
||21 August 2016
||Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance
|Canada is one of the world's centres of the mining and extractive sector. Toronto is the centre of the trade in mining stocks and in financing mining operations. Canadian mining capital operates in more than 100 countries and is among the top five world producers of potash, uranium, nickel, gold, platinum, aluminum, diamonds and steel-making coal.|
||14 August 2016
||Oppose the Energy East Pipeline
|TransCanada’s Energy East project is the largest tar sands pipeline proposed yet. Stretching from Alberta to New Brunswick, Energy East could carry over 1 million barrels per day of tar sands crude to the Atlantic coast. Despite TransCanada’s promises that Energy East is for domestic gain, they are making plans to export the vast majority and leave us to bear the real costs of climate change, spills and clean-up.|
||7 August 2016
||Palestinian Solidarity Struggles
|The state of Israel was just served notice by Black Lives Matter (BLM) in a big way. The human rights movement pummeled Israel for its decades long oppression of the Palestinian people in its new platform. In a show of solidarity between black Americans, who have bravely struggled against centuries of discrimination in the U.S., Black Lives Matter has reached out to their Palestinian brothers and sisters by embracing the Palestinian call for justice and freedom.|
||31 July 2016
||The Struggle over Site C Dam and the Peace River
|The energy from Site C is not needed: After 28 days of hearings and review of 28,000 pages of documentation, the Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro has failed to prove that we need Site C. Further, they emphasized that because there are significant adverse effects, justification for the project must rest on an unambiguous need for the power.|
||24 July 2016
||Before '68: The Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s
|Ernest Tate and Phil Hearse present Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 1960s. Ernest Tate's memoir is an important contribution to the history of the left in Britain and Canada during a unique period. Recorded in Norwich, 13 February 2016.|
||17 July 2016
||Whose Right to the City?
|Earlier this year, the journal Alternate Routes organized a conference on the theme 'Sub/Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternatives.' The following presentation is from panel four of the conference: 'Whose Right to the City?' Moderated by Carlo Fanelli. Presentations by Jeff Noonan, Josephine Watson, and Paul Bocking. Recorded in Toronto, 18 March 2016.|
||10 July 2016
||Low Waged Work, Social Reproduction and the Promises/Perils of Participatory Budgeting
|Earlier this year, the journal Alternate Routes organized a conference on the theme 'Sub/Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternatives.' The following presentation is from panel three of the conference: 'Low Waged Work, Social Reproduction and the Promises/Perils of Participatory Budgeting.' Moderated by John Shields. Presentations by: Meg Luxton and Patricia McDermott; Bryan Evans; Laura Pin. Recorded in Toronto 18 March 2016.|
||3 July 2016
||Canada Since 1960: A People's History
|Canadian Dimension magazine (CD) is this country's oldest Left publication. In this new book, Canada Since 1960: A People's History, 25 authors evaluate how CD discussed diverse subjects over a span of 50 years: 50 Years of Class Struggle; 50 Years of Art and Culture; 50 Years of Making Socialism; 50 Years of Rebelling Youth; 50 years of Anti-Racism, Human Rights and Immigration advocacy! Recorded in Toronto, 7 June 2016.|
||26 June 2016
||Class Struggles, TO
|A panel of activists and historians (Joan Sangster, Bryan Palmer and Gaetan Heroux) on the struggles of women and the poor in the city's history. Recorded in Toronto 9 June 2016.|
||19 June 2016
|The art-activism of Condé and Beveridge symposium brought together participants from diverse communities and working sectors -- practicing artists, community activists, union members, educators and students. Recorded in Toronto, 28 May 2016.|
||12 June 2016
||The BJP and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy in India
|Since the election of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in May 2014, there has been an unprecedented onslaught on workers' rights along with a well-planned assault on democratic institutions, academic-cultural centres, intellectuals, left, progressive and secular groups, religious minorities, women and marginalized sections across India. Given the rise of fascist challenge it is even more urgent to rethink the approach and methods in the working class movement. Recorded in Toronto, 26 May 2016.|
||29 May 2016
||Crackdown on BDS: Criminalization of Dissent?
|On February 18, 2016 Canadian parliament passed a motion condemning “any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS [Boycott Divestment Sanctions against Israeli apartheid] movement, both here at home and abroad.” Recorded in Toronto, 26 April 2016.|
||8 May 2016
|A new generation of activists working for economic and environmental justice, and against war and poverty, confronts critical questions. Why is the world so unjust and crisis-prone? What kind of world should we fight for? How can we win? In this panoramic yet accessible book, Umair Muhammad engages with these and other urgent debates. Recorded in Toronto, 22 April 2016.|
||24 April 2016
||The Cuban Five Freed: Toronto Welcomes Gerardo Hernández
|Gerardo Hernández is one of the three of the Cuban Five who had been behind bars since 1998, until U.S. President Obama freed them on December 17, 2014. Recorded in Toronto, 3 April 2016.|
||17 April 2016
||After the Sands
|Gordon Laxer outlines a bold strategy to get with the global move to a low carbon society, run on conservation and renewable energy sources including wind, solar and low-impact hydro to ensure that all Canadians, including those on lower incomes, have access to a sufficient amount of energy as a human right. Recorded in Toronto, 7 April 2016.|
||10 April 2016
||The BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique
|The book's co-editors Patrick Bond from South Africa and Ana Garcia from Brazil are joined by the two Toronto authors of chapters in the book in discussing how to understand where the BRICS fit on the most crucial global issues ranging from world finance to climate change. Recorded in Toronto, 31 March 2016.|
||3 April 2016
||Methodology for a New Politics
|The 2016 Phyllis Clarke memorial lecture is presented by Andreas Karitzis: Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the Greek experience of 2015. Recorded in Toronto, 24 March 2016.|
||27 March 2016
||Beyond Memory / Más allá de la Memoria
|For its 2016 Baptista Lecture, CERLAC is delighted to host a panel discussion on the use of archives of the violent past in struggles to make a better future in Central America. Moderated by Carlota McAllister. Presentations by Carlos Henríquez Consalvi, Gustavo Meoño, and Diana Carolina Sierra. Recorded in Toronto, 10 March 2016.|
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