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). His new book, co-authored with Colin Leys, Searching for Socialism: The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn (Verso).

  • Will Escaping Americans Test Canada’s Capacity for Sympathy?

    When Donald Trump was elected in 2016, I started hearing from American friends that they were thinking of migrating to Canada. Sensing that most of them didn’t really mean it, I would joke in response that we would “build a wall and make you pay for it.” And I sometimes reminded them that Canada had … Keep reading »

  • In and Against the Brazilian State

    A study of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement is rich with lessons for socialists who want to use the state without being captured by it. Keep reading »

  • The Labour Party Machine versus Corbyn

    In our new book Searching for Socialism, we noted the way the party’s general secretary, Iain McNicol, and his staff were involved in exploring the possibility of preventing Jeremy Corbyn from contesting the second leadership election in 2016, and we speculated that Labour might have won the 2017 election if McNicol’s officials had not withheld … Keep reading »

  • A Decade on the Left

    Interview with Leo Panitch about the lessons learned from the last decade on the Left – from Occupy Wall Street to Syriza, Podemos, Corbyn and Bernie Sanders. Keep reading »

  • The British Election and Political Crisis: Corbyn versus Johnson

    Having recently returned from canvassing in the British election in Yorkshire and London, Leo Panitch addresses the strategic orientations, pitfalls and dilemmas faced by the Jeremy Corbyn leadership of the UK Labour Party. Watch video »

  • The Vilification of Jeremy Corbyn

    The vilification of the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as an antisemite has intensified in the run up to the December 12 election in Britain. What makes this especially troubling, not to say bizarre, is that since he first became a member of parliament in 1983 Corbyn has been the most consistent … Keep reading »

  • 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 »