Toronto – 15 March 2017.
The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles.
Erica Violet Lee is a Nēhiyaw (Cree) writer, student, feminist, and community organizer from misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) and Thunderchild First Nation, on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Homeland. Erica is an organizer with Idle No More, a YWCA Women of Distinction award recipient, an Iris Marion Young scholar, and she was part of the 2015 Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Climate Conference. She has a blog named Moontime Warrior: Fearless Philosophizing, Embodied Resistance, where she writes on environmental racism, colonial borders, and the love, knowledge, and beauty found in the wastelands.
19 March 2017.
This is a collection of videos dealing with Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. This playlist starts with an audio recording of Capital Volume 1. And here's a link to the text of Capital.
It is 150 years since Karl Marx published the first volume of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy in 1867, with the two subsequent volumes coming
out under the editorship of Friedrich Engels over the next decades. As its subtitle suggests, Capital is a masterful appraisal of the ‘vulgar’ defences of
capitalism focused on exchange and markets and the more ‘scientific’ accounts of classical political economy highlighting the production of an economic surplus
and its distribution between the social classes. Capital is, however, foremost a dissection of the historical social relations and mode of production of capitalism. From its initial publication, Marx's Capital steadily gained
prominence as the indispensable point of departure for understanding the inner workings of the capitalist system – its modes of exploitation and
appropriation of the economic product produced by the working classes, the relationship between the workday, the wage and the social reproduction of the
working class family, the continual drive toward technological change, the production of armies of surplus labour, and the social forces polarizing the
accumulation of wealth on the one side and poverty on the other. These themes and concepts remain critical guides to understanding our times and the contradictions lived daily under neoliberal capitalism. It is hardly necessary
to point out their relevance for dispensing with the theoretical schemas that dominate the bourgeois media and the economic policies of capitalist states. If capitalism has considerably evolved since Marx’s time, Capital retains its importance as a theoretical testament to the unfreedoms, inequalities and crises produced by capitalism and a political manifesto for a democratic socialism as the necessary route forward.
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.
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||15 November 2015
||From Greece to Portugal to Corbyn's Labour Party
|After decades of uninterrupted neoliberal austerity across Europe, in recent years a new left alternative has begun to take shape. Today working people have once again turned to confront the capitalist classes in their own countries, and to challenge the vision of a neoliberal Europe with a reinvigorated left politics that seeks to build social movements by working both within and outside the state. Three of the most prominent examples have been Syriza's meteoric rise in Greece; the continuing electoral gains of Portugal's Left Bloc since its formation in 1999; and most recently the victory of Jeremy Corbyn in the British Labour Party leadership elections.|
||8 November 2015
||Climate Crisis and Climate Realism
|Mass migration, civil war, banditry, imperial military adventures – all these are current responses to the climate crisis. These and other impending dislocations from climate change intersect with the already-existing crises of poverty and violence in “catastrophic convergence” that demands immediate action and longer-term social change. Christian Parenti, journalist and professor at New York University, discusses these and other questions that draws from his current research into economic and environmental history.|
||1 November 2015
||Palestine: A Political Travelogue
|Palestine has long been central to colonial and anti-colonial imaginaries – of the Ottoman and British empires, and Zionist and Arab nationalisms, before becoming a key site of inspiration for left and anti-colonial internationalism and recent scholarship on decolonial resistance. The International Conference of Critical Geography in Ramallah, Palestine, in July 2015, extended this trajectory of anti-colonial internationalism by enriching our historical and political understandings of Palestine.|
||25 October 2015
||The Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery
|A roundtable discussion with Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and York University scholars focusing on her latest book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Recorded in Toronto, 6 October 2015.|
||24 October 2015
||Working For Each Other, Working For Ourselves
|Earlier this month, the Industrial Workers of the World's Toronto General Membership Branch hosted “Working For Each Other, Working For Ourselves: A Revolutionary Public Service Worker-Organizer Summit,” an event which brought together grassroots workplace organizers from around North America. Recorded in Toronto, 3 October 2015.|
||18 October 2015
||Russia in the Global Crisis
|Geopolitical Dilemmas, Strategic Responses. Moderated by Judy Deutsch and presentations by: Boris Kagarlitsky and Sergei M. Plekhanov. Recorded in Toronto, 1 October 2015.|
||11 October 2015
||Linda McQuaig is Right: Keep the TarSands in the Ground!
|At the beginning of the federal election campaign, Toronto Centre NDP candidate and respected author Linda McQuaig stated a simple fact: "a lot of people recognize that a lot of the oil sands oil may need to stay in the ground if we're going to meet our climate change targets." This sparked a corporate media backlash, accusing her of being ideologically-driven, anti-Alberta and anti-jobs.|
||13 September 2015
||The Great Unraveling: with Chris Hedges
|Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy Movement. In his newest book, Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance.|
||23 August 2015
||Public Transit Struggles in London and Toronto
|P3s, Transit Workers and Alternatives. Moderated by Herman Rosenfeld. Presentations by Kamilla Pietrzyk, Brenda Thompson and Janine Booth. Recorded in Toronto, 9 August 2015.|
||16 August 2015
||The Battle Against Austerity: Lessons From Greece
|Leo Panitch and Richard Fidler discuss alternate views on recent developments in the fight against austerity waged by Syriza and the Greek people. Moderated by Susan Spronk. Recorded in Ottawa, 10 August 2015.|
||26 July 2015
||Right to the City/Right to Landscape
|From an Elitist to a More Just Urban Landscape in California's East Bay Area. Presentation by Don Mitchell, Professor of Geography, Syracuse University. Recorded in Toronto, 9 July 2015.|
||12 July 2015
||Capitalism vs. Ecology
|It is no longer plausible to propose incremental solutions to the ecological crises of our time. The numbers are clear: to avoid a trillion metric tons of cumulative carbon emissions by 2039, it is necessary to stabilize immediately Greenhouse Gas emissions. Presentations by Niloofar Golkar, Greg Albo and Jodi Dean.|
||28 June 2015
||Nuclear Precipice: Ukraine, Russia, and patterns of U.S. Hegemony
|What is the background of the ethnic conflict in Ukraine? Can the Ukraine situation lead to a Russia/U.S. confrontation involving nuclear weapons? According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the world is again at a precipice with threats of nuclear war. Recorded in Toronto, 12 June 2015.|
||14 June 2015
||The Scottish Left after the Referendum and The UK Elections
|The eyes of the world were on Scotland last September when it held a referendum on independence. This month, the whole political establishment in the UK has been shaken up by the election of 56 MPs from the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the Westminster Parliament. Recorded in Ottawa, 3 June 2015.|
||7 June 2015
||Syriza, Podemos, Left Bloc, and the Left: A European Revolutionary Politics?
|The 2105 Left Forum opening plenary focused on anti-austerity politics, alliances, and national and international political potentials and challenges emerging in Europe and impacting the world; revolutionary dimensions of these developments - in the context of a mass-based political, economic, cultural, ecological, race, gender, and class struggle-illuminating politics - of electoral, left, and social movement organizing. Recorded in New York, 29 May 2015.|
||31 May 2015
||Carbon Markets and Neoliberal Capitalism
|What is wrong with Ontario's new climate change policy? Why should we oppose it? Presentations by Greg Albo, Paul Kellogg and Romain Felli. Recorded in Toronto, 24 May 2015.|
||17 May 2015
||Workers' Struggles Against the Corporate Offensive
|A Panel discussion of Continental Crucible with Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, Jim Sinclair and Richard Roman. Recorded in Vancouver, 28 April 2015.|
||10 May 2015
||Class Struggle in North America
|A Discussion with Ben Isitt, Bill Carroll, Carlos Flores and co-author of Continental Crucible, Richard Roman. Recorded in Victoria, 13 April 2015.|
||9 May 2015
|A very blue music-video about global warming and climate crisis, carboniferous capitalism, and possibilities for an alternative future.|
||3 May 2015
||From Minimum Wage to a Fair Wage
|This round table brings together some of the leading North American activists and scholars concerned with the situation of minimum/low wage work. Moderated by Bryan Evans. Presentations by: Sheila Block, Don Wells, and Stephanie Luce. Recorded in Toronto, 27 March 2015.|
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