Author: David McNally

David McNally teaches political science at York University, Toronto, and is the author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance. He blogs at

  • Launching the Socialist Register 2015: Transforming Classes

    This 51st annual Socialist Register completes the investigation of class formation and class strategies on a global scale begun with last year’s volume. Deploying an understanding of class as an historical social process – rather than an abstract sociological category or statistical artifact – the essays here investigate the concrete ways that working classes are … Watch video »

  • Global Austerity and Global Resistance

    Ottawa — 26 April 2014. Moderated by Shellie Bird. Presentation by: David McNally teaches political science at York University, Toronto. His most recent books include Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance, and Monsters of the Market. Part of Building Solidarity Against Austerity – A Dayschool on Past and Current Struggles.

  • Understanding Globalization

    Toronto — 19 October 2013. Presentations by: Sam Gindin, co-author with Leo Panitch of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire. David McNally, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance. Sponsored by Education Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

  • Book Launch: Monsters of the Market

    David McNally interviewed by Ali Mustafa (audio only): A night to celebrate the launch (in paperback) of David McNally’s Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism and the book’s receipt of the 2012 Deutscher Prize. With MCs Faria Kamal and Alan Sears, remarks from Himani Bannerji and a reading by the author. Recorded … Watch video »

  • The Crisis and the Left

    Toronto — 6 May 2012. Where Does Occupy Lead Now? Launch of the 2012 Socialist Register. Moderated by Leo Panitch. Frances Fox Piven, author of Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? David McNally, York University, author of Global Slump. Greg Albo, York University, co-author of In and Out of Crisis. These presentations were made at the … Watch video »

  • Greek Lessons: Democracy versus Debt-Bondage

    It is a truism to say that democracy began with the Greeks – less so to say that it originated in popular rebellion against debt and debt-bondage. Yet, with the Greek people ensnared once more in the vice-grip of rich debt-holders, it may be useful to recall that fact. For the only hope today of … Keep reading »

  • Follow the Money: Behind the European Debt Crisis Lie More Bank Bailouts

    While I was cursing the inane mainstream commentary on the global economy recently, I was reminded of a pivotal scene in the 1976 movie, All the President’s Men. As two young reporters investigate the burglary of Democratic Party offices in the Watergate Hotel, a disgruntled, high-ranking FBI agent, code-named Deep Throat, advises, “Follow the money. … Keep reading »

  • Radical Democracy and Popular Power

    Ottawa — 5 March 2011. David McNally teaches Political Science at York University, Toronto and is a long-time activist in socialist and global justice movements. He is the author of six books, including Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance (2010) published by PM Press. To find out more about David’s articles, … Watch video »

  • And They Call This a Recovery?

    The strut of confidence is gone and the jitters are back. A flurry of dreadful statistics at the end of April made sure of that. On April 26 came the news that the British economy grew a mere 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2011. Coming on the heels of a contraction by … Keep reading »

  • Book Launch: Global Slump

    Toronto — 20 January 2011. Introductions by Faria Kamal, Liam McNally and Syed Hussan: Jesook Song is an associate professor in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. John Clarke is an anti-povery activist and member of Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. David McNally is a professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto and the author … Watch video »

  • Monument to Mubarak.

    Mubarak’s Folly: The Rising of Egypt’s Workers

    Rarely do our rulers look more absurd than when faced with a popular upheaval. As fear and apathy are broken, ordinary people – housewives, students, sanitation workers, the unemployed – remake themselves. Having been objects of history, they become its agents. Marching in their millions, reclaiming public space, attending meetings and debating their society’s future, … Keep reading »

  • Night in Tunisia: Riots, Strikes and a Spreading Insurgency

    Popular upheavals always carry a distinct sonic resonance. The cascading chants that reverberate through the streets, the roar of the crowd as it drives back the riot police and seizes the city square – all this and more produces an unmistakable acoustic effect. The rhythm of revolt pulsates through society, freedom music fills the air. … Keep reading »