Author: Greg Albo

Greg Albo teaches political economy at York University, Toronto. Recent publications include: Divided Province: Ontario Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism (2018; with Bryan Evans); A World Turned Upside Down? Socialist Register 2019 (with Leo Panitch); and Class, Party, Revolution (2018; with Leo Panitch and Alan Zuege).

  • Another Round of Punishing Austerity in Ontario

    The eminent conservative scholar of public budgeting Aaron Wildavsky characterized annual budgets as a record of “victories, defeats, bargains, and compromises.” The province of Ontario’s 2019 Budget, the first of the new Conservative government of Doug Ford, does indeed tell us something of this – additional fiscal supports for business, erosion of social expenditures in … Keep reading »

  • Trade Wars: NAFTA, China and the World Market

    Global imbalances are once again in the news on a daily basis, as the American current account grows, with trade surpluses in other zones and capital and credit flows growing in tandem. In response, U.S. President Donald Trump slaps tariffs on imports from many of the US’s traditional allies in North America and Europe, condemning … Watch video »

  • Demeaning Democracy: Turning Doug Ford’s Attack on Toronto into a Movement for Democratic Renewal

    We, the undersigned group of scholars and teachers, deplore the autocratic and arbitrary reduction of ward representation for Toronto city council contained in Bill 5 being rushed through the Ontario Legislature by the just-elected Doug Ford-led Conservative provincial government. Keep reading »

  • Ford’s Attack on Toronto: The End of Local Democracy As We Know It?

    There’s a lot to be said about the new Doug Ford-led Conservative administration in Ontario, but it is Ford’s unilateral and radical reduction of the size of Toronto City Council in Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, that has drawn much of the initial attention and opprobrium. We need to consider the reaction to … Keep reading »

  • Local Roads to Austerity: Neoliberal Urbanism in Canada

    The ‘urban question’, as it came to be called in the 1970s, is now a central focus of academic study, state planning and political struggle alike. Keep reading »

  • 2018 Socialist Register: Rethinking Democracy

    The antagonism between liberalism and democratic processes is increasingly visible amidst the contradictions of capitalist globalization today. This is seen in authoritarian measures being adopted by so many states, as well as in concepts like post-democracy gaining currency in theoretical and political debate. The 2018 volume of the Socialist Register on Rethinking Democracy was conceived … Watch video »

  • Launching the Socialist Register 2017: Rethinking Revolution

    Toronto — 12 January 2017. The main purpose of the 2017 edition of the Socialist Register (SR) – one century after “Red October” – is to look forward, to what might happen next. Moderated by Greg Albo. Panel discussion featuring: Joan Sangster and Bryan Palmer: “The Distinctive Heritage of 1917: Resuscitating Revolution’s Longue Durée” Leo … Watch video »

  • Tanner Mirrlees – The US Empire’s Culture Industry

    The US Empire’s Culture Industry Toronto — 20 October 2016. View on www.slideshare.net   From Katy Perry training alongside US Marines in a music video, to the global box-office mastery of the US military-supported Transformers franchise, it’s clear that the US national security state is a dominant force in global media culture. How and why is … Watch video »

  • From the Tar Sands to ‘Green Jobs’? Work and Ecological Justice

    The ecological and social implications of climate change have – or should – become a central parameter for all discussions of work and capitalism. It is generally agreed that reliance on the burning of fossil fuels as the pre-eminent energy source for production and consumption over the history of capitalism is the critical factor in … Keep reading »

  • Canada Since 1960: A People’s History

    Canadian Dimension Toronto Book Launch: Toronto — 7 June 2016. 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 & Culture; 50 … Watch video »

  • Launching the Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right

    It is becoming increasingly clear that we are at one of those historical moments that compel socialists to undertake a serious calibration of the political forces amassing on the right. This stems partly from the electoral breakthrough far-right parties have made in Europe as the global financial crisis and unrelenting austerity continue to take their … Watch video »

  • Capitalism vs. Ecology

    We Need to Change Everything! Resistance and Alternatives Toronto — 21 June 2015. 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, and an increase in global average temperatures of 2°C, it is … Watch video »