Author: ingo-schmidt

Ingo Schmidt teaches Labour Studies at Athabasca University. Recent books include Reading 'Capital' Today: Marx After 150 Years (with Carlo Fanelli) and The Three Worlds of Social Democracy: A Global View.

  • Markets Good, Public Bad: The False Promises of Market Populism

    Ruling elites stand naked. No more hoping for a rising tide to lift all boats. No more waiting for the trickle down. Fears of drowning in the maelstroms of global finance abound. Feelings of powerlessness among the have-a-little-bits and have-nots fuel the hate of the even more down-trodden and the yearning for the good old … Keep reading »

  • Using Marx’s Capital as an Organizing Tool

    Marx’s Capital: three volumes, 2,500 pages. A tome as an organizing tool? For leftists who really can’t do without Marx, there are a lot of his texts that are shorter and address questions of organizing directly. The Communist Manifesto (1848) comes to mind, but also the materials he wrote for the International Working Men’s Association. … Keep reading »

  • German Federal Elections:Chauvinistic Identity Policies Outperform Left Economic Alternatives

    Conservatives: Overestimating their Popularity “For a Germany in which we live well and happily.” Maybe it was just this less than catchy campaign slogan that cost Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU so dearly at the polls; leaving the party at a record low of 26.8 per cent of the total vote. What is more likely, though, is … Keep reading »

  • Ingo Schmidt – The Hope of the Hopeless

    Contemporary Lessons from Marxist Struggles Against Hitler and Mussolini Fascist movements are on the rise. But does that mean that Donald Trump’s America, Viktor Orbán’s Hungary or Narendra Modi’s India are fascist? Many on the left think so and discovered antifascist action as their preferred rallying point. It remains often unclear, though, is which alternatives to … Watch video »

  • Socialism Historically and Today

    Socialist Studies 50th Anniversary Plenary Toronto – 1 June 2017 This year, the Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) turns fifty, and celebrated its anniversary at its annual conference at Congress 2017, hosted by Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario from May 30 – June 2, 2017. The theme of the Conference for 2017 was “Liberation Here and Now: … Watch video »

  • Reading Capital: Changing Historical Contexts and Different Political Projects

    One hundred and fifty years after the first volume of Marx’s Capital was published in 1867, Marx remains a common point of reference but his magnum opus is by no means widely read. Once he was thrown off pedestals across the former Soviet Union, Western business media adopted Marx as a principal witness for the … Keep reading »

  • In the Shadow of Social Democracy: Right-Wing Challenges and Left Alternatives

    We live in a paradoxical world. Much debate on the radical left revolves around multitudes of discontented groups – sometime lumped together as the 99%, sometimes rebranded as precariat – struggling against an abstract empire and its 1% rulers. Capitalism and class – once serving as a compass to navigate left politics through the apparently … Keep reading »

  • Chronicle of a Crisis Postponed: Italy After the Referendum

    Matteo Renzi assumed the role of Italian Prime Minister on February 22, 2014 as the self-proclaimed rottamatore – the ‘demolition man’ of an inefficient system. After successfully passing a series of laws by means of this very system that lowered social standards, he failed in the attempt at a constitutional amendment that would have accelerated … Keep reading »

  • There is no Alternative Unless We Build One

    Reinventing Socialist Politics The varied left histories dating back to the long 19th century gained momentum during the tumultuous first decades of the 20th century and for some time after. They came to an end, at one point or another, between the military coup in Chile (1973), the elections of Margaret Thatcher (1979) and Ronald Reagan … Keep reading »

  • German Economists Rehearse a Rebellion

    German voters are heading to the ballot box on September 22. The re-election of incumbent chancellor Angela Merkel seems certain. The latest polls saw her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at 42 per cent, a 16 per cent lead over the social democrats. What is less certain, however, is with which party the conservatives will … Keep reading »

  • German Politicians Take Aim at the Euro

    German voters are heading to the ballot box on September 22. The re-election of incumbent chancellor Angela Merkel seems certain. The latest polls saw her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at 42 per cent, a 16 per cent lead over the social democrats. What is less certain, however, is with which party the conservatives will … Keep reading »

  • May Day 2013: Fragile Economies, Aggressive Bosses and Struggling Workers

    Stock markets around the world have made up the losses they incurred during the 2008-09 financial crisis and the workers of the world are paying the price for this recovery. Fiscal stimulus packages and bank bailouts that helped to contain the crisis left governments with deficits that are now being used as a pretext for … Keep reading »