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Bullet #1451: Trumping NAFTA: Free Trade versus Democratic Planning

by Socialist Project | July 20, 2017

Opposition to ‘free trade’ is in the air again, though not in the way most of us expected or hoped. Three decades ago, the move to guarantee, extend and deepen Canada’s economic integration with the United States by way of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two states mobilized an impressive though ultimately unsuccessful opposition. This opposition continued, though with less intensity, when that agreement was later extended to include Mexico via the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).



What's New: Value Theory and the Schism in Eco-Marxism

by Jim Kincaid | July 19, 2017

In the eco-socialist movement there have been frequent complaints that Marx’s value theory, with its central emphasis on labour-time, is fatally flawed and irrelevant. It seems to discount the exploitation of nature in the pursuit of profit. Students of Marx have responded by tracing the close attention which Marx and Engels gave to ecological research and debate in their period. Crucially, it has been argued that it is precisely its central focus on labour productivity which enables Marx’s value theory to generate a unique and powerful account of the environmental destructiveness of capital.



What's New: Ontario Needs a Raise: Who Benefits From a $15 Minimum Wage?

by David Macdonald | July 19, 2017

The Ontario government has committed to raise its minimum wage to $14 on January 1, 2018 then to $15 on January 1, 2019. This paper examines who in the province will get a 'raise' from the $15 minimum wage, and finds it will largely benefit the province’s most marginalized -- a broad and diverse swath of workers including contract, seasonal, and casual workers, part-time workers, women, and immigrants.



What's New: Four Challenges to Global Trade Activists

by Walden Bello | July 19, 2017

We cannot leave the field to a neoliberalism that has failed or to an extremism that has appropriated some of our analysis and married them to hideous, reactionary values. A progressive future is not guaranteed. We must work to bring it about, and we will.



Bullet #1450: The Ordeal of Hassan Diab

by Judith Deutsch | July 18, 2017

In December 2014, Hassan Diab, the former Carleton University sociology professor, husband to Rania, father of a lovely toddler daughter and one month before the birth of their delightful baby son, was whisked from his home by Canadian officials and extradited to France. The reason: suspicion that he was involved in the bombing of a Paris synagogue in 1980. It did not seem to matter to Canadian and French authorities that he was in Beirut at the time of the bombing, that his fingerprints did not match the proffered evidence and that the handwriting analysis was flawed.



Bullet #1449: Public Transit, Privatization and the Canada Infrastructure Bank

by Canadian Union of Public Employees | July 17, 2017

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will create a pipeline of privatization for our public transit systems. Corporations will be able to extract long-term profit from public transit fares and public subsidies. Our governments subsidize public transit because it’s critical infrastructure for our communities: to get us from place to place, to reduce traffic congestion, and to green our environment. When we allow corporations to plan, finance, operate, maintain and own public transit, we funnel ridership fares and government funding into corporate coffers.



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by Mike Constable | July 16, 2017

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The Capitalism Workshop: Theorizing the Integral State

Theorizing the Integral State
General Electric, the U.S. Empire, and Global Capitalism

This presentation focuses on the role of the U.S. State in organizing the American corporate managerial stratum to take part in managing global capitalism in the post-WWII period. Central to these efforts was General Electric executive Philip Reed, who was deeply embedded within the U.S. State Department and participated in the Committee for Economic Development and the Advisory Commission on Information. Central as well was former top GE executive Charles Wilson, who as head of the Office of Defense Mobilization in this period was given unprecedented power over procurements and the formation of a new “military-industrial complex” overseen by the state, and integrating the military, universities, national laboratories, and industrial corporations. As these examples and others illustrate, the global expansion of American imperial power took place not as a result of corporate political pressure, but rather resulted from the initiative of those within burgeoning -- and often Kafkaesque -- state institutions, who saw that given the balance of world power and increasing economic interpenetration, stability required that it take on this new, and costly, set of imperial responsibilities.

Presenter: Stephen Maher is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, Canada.

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