Author: Leo Panitch

Leo Panitch is emeritus professor of political science at York University, co-editor (with Greg Albo) of the Socialist Register and co-author (with Sam Gindin) of The Making of Global Capitalism (Verso).

  • Bringing SNC-Lavalin to Mind in this Uninspiring Federal Election

    Who would have believed, just a few months ago, that the SNC-Lavalin scandal would scarcely have been registered so far as one of the key issues in the current Federal election? This has nothing to do with the short memories of our politicians or the voters. Rather it depressingly speaks to the narrow range of … Keep reading »

  • States and Capitalist Society

    Fifty years after it was published, The State in Capitalist Society remains indispensable for any socialist movement with ambitions of government. Keep reading »

  • What you Need to Know About May Day

    For more than 100 years, May Day has symbolized the common struggles of workers around the globe. Why is it largely ignored in North America? Keep reading »

  • Trump and the World Economy

    Leo Panitch interviewed by Martin Thomas of Solidarity. Martin Thomas (MT): I can see four main sorts of possible outcomes to be considered from Trump’s economic jousting. One: it may reshape some deals, like NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] to the USA’s advantage or imagined advantage, but after a flurry relations in the … Keep reading »

  • New Democracy Against Democracy

    There’s only one country in the world where the decade long crisis of neoliberal global capitalism swept a radical left party into government: Greece. But in 2019, the capacity of its left to successfully confront the far right’s continuing political ascent will be severely tested. There was a very rapid passage from euphoria to disappointment … Keep reading »

  • Corbynism and the Labour Party

    Openings, Obstacles, Possibilities for British Socialism The leadership of the UK Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn continues to enjoy enormous popularity across the UK. This even despite continual attacks from the corporate press, the Conservative Party, and opposition from within the Parliamentary Labour Party itself. Indeed, under Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has once again become … Watch video »

  • In and Against the State

    British Labour Party needs to develop a socialist strategy that goes beyond a single election manifesto. Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin look at the challenge of state transformation. Keep reading »

  • Authoritarian Fordism in Ontario Trumps the Far Right Elsewhere

    On the day the Ford government’s ham-fisted attempt to alter the balance of political forces in Toronto came to a head in open confrontation with the judiciary, the international media’s attention was focused on a far right political party winning third place in the Swedish election with 17 per cent of the vote. Any mention … Keep reading »

  • Revolutionary Optimism: Journeys in Radical Politics Past and Present

    On the Reality Asserts Itself program of The RealNews network, Prof. Leo Panitch is interviewed by host Paul Jay. This is a four-part interview – recorded in March 2018. Watch video »

  • 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 »

  • The Revolution Party

    A fresh and compelling new account of the Russian revolution to mark its centenary concludes by paying tribute to the Bolsheviks for acting as history’s switchmen, a term derived from the small booths that dotted the railway tracks across the Russian empire, where local revolutionaries had long gathered for clandestine meetings. Against those so-called ‘legal … Keep reading »

  • 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 »