Author: Leo Panitch

Leo Panitch (1945 - 2020) was 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).

  • Is Marx Back?

    Toronto – 19 February 2010. A public interview with Leo Panitch by Ian Morrison of the Platypus Affiliated Society. The economic crisis, as many commentators and critics are quick to … Watch video »

  • Workers of the World Unite!

    A New Message for Labour Day 2009? What is the significance of the way not only Keynes but even Marx has been brought back into fashion amidst the global economic crisis? … Keep reading »

  • Transcending Pessimism: Rekindling Socialist Imagination

    I “We’re free… we’re free.” The last words of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, are uttered, sobbing, by Linda Loman over her husband Willy’s grave. Weary and penniless … Keep reading »

  • Unions and the Crisis: Ways Forward?

    This May Day, the day of celebration of the international working class movement, arrives in the midst of an international crisis of capitalism. For the first time since the 1930s, … Keep reading »

  • Still a Marxist After All

    Recorded in Toronto, 10 March 2009. Thanks to VE3SRE for the audio files. (18.5 MB.mp3) – (28 MB.ogg) Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture website

  • From Global Finance to the Nationalization of the Banks

    Eight Theses on the Economic Crisis 1. The current economic crisis has to be understood in terms of the historical dynamics and contradictions of capitalist finance in the second half of … Keep reading »

  • The Financial Crisis and American Power

    An Interview with Leo Panitch What is your assessment of the relationship between this serious financial crisis emerging foremost in the U.S. and American power and economic decline? I don’t think … Keep reading »

  • Violence Today: Actually Existing Barbarism

    Toronto, February 4, 2009 – This event launches The Socialist Register 2009 as well as the second edition of Leo Panitch’s Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination. Sponsored by: … Watch video »

  • Understanding the Financial Crisis

    Toronto, January 30, 2009 The financial crisis that has ripped across the world market over the last year has been remarkable in the chaos it has unleashed – and continues … Watch video »

  • Grasping the Financial Crisis

    Toronto, November 26, 2008. With Sam Gindin, Leo Panitch, Eric Cazdyn, Kanishka Goonewardena: MP3 audio Sam Gindin is Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University, and has … Watch video »

  • From the Global Crisis to Canada’s Crisis

    The political crisis that has suddenly erupted in Canada adds yet another dimension to the seemingly unending shockwaves set in motion by the global financial crisis. The sheer political escapism … Keep reading »

  • The Financial Crisis and Democratic Public Finance

    First let’s be clear about capitalism – and with it the character of the state under capitalism. There is a conventional assumption, a leftover of the cold war perhaps, that … Keep reading »