Author: Richard Roman

Richard Roman is the coauthor of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America. He is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Toronto.

  • Labour Protest in Mexico 2019: The SITUAM Strike

    #SITUAM (workers of the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico) has a militant tradition, as many of its professors had been politically influenced by their participation in the massive student movement of 1968. Keep reading »

  • Mexico’s Left Turn?: Mexico’s Election and Beyond in the Trump Era

    Despite fierce opposition from big business and the media, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) was elected by an overwhelming majority as President of México on July 1 and has won majorities in both houses of Congress. How did this rejection of the major parties come about? Is he a “leftist,” or “populist” as widely purported … Watch video »

  • Obrador and Mexico’s Watershed Election

    Uncertainties, Contradictions and Struggle The July 1 national election in Mexico is likely to be a watershed in Mexican history. The splintering of the three old parties, their unprincipled tactical electoral alliances across party boundaries, the rapid movement of key party figures from one party to another, have made understanding the labyrinth of Mexican elections even … Keep reading »

  • NAFTA is a Bill of Rights for Capital

    Dr. Richard Roman, co-author of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America discusses how NAFTA deepened and ‘constitutionalized’ neoliberal reforms already underway. Watch video »

  • The NAFTA Consensus

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it. Some currents within the Trump administration would certainly like to get rid … Keep reading »

  • Workers’ Struggles Against the Corporate Offensive

    Vancouver — 28 April 2015. A Panel discussion of Continental Crucible with Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, Jim Sinclair and Richard Roman. Napoleón Gómez Urrutia is President and General Secretary of the National Union of Mining Metal, Steel and Allied Workers Union of Mexico. He is an Oxford-educated economist, also a member of the executive committee of … Watch video »

  • Class Struggle in North America

    Victoria — 13 April 2015. Moderated by Ben Isitt. Presentations by Bill Carroll, Carlos Flores, and Richard Roman. Ben Isitt is a historian, legal scholar, author, also is a city councilor and regional director in Victoria Bill Carroll is author of the prize-winning Corporate Power in a Globalizing World as well as The Making of … Watch video »

  • Neoliberal Violence and the Mexican state

    Toronto — 20 March 2015. Presentations by: Hepzibah Munoz Martinez is professor in the History and Politics department at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus). She has done accompaniment work with the United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila since 2012. Her blog focuses on solidarity work between Mexico and Canada in … Watch video »

  • Partners in Crime

    Toronto — 12 December 2014. The Mexican state, North American Capitalism, and the 43 Missing Students The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept. On September 26th 2014, over 100 students … Watch video »

  • Partners in Crime: The Continental Capitalist Offensive and the Killing Fields of Mexico

    State Terror and the Murder of 43 Students The Mexican government, welcomed as a partner of the Canadian and U.S. governments in continental economic development (North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA) and continental security also happens to partner in crime and the slaughter of its own people. The murders and disappearances of the students from … Keep reading »

  • Mexican Workers in the Continental Crucible

    The central purpose of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which celebrated its twentieth anniversary on January 1, was the consolidation of the neoliberal domestic agendas of the three member countries (Canada, United States and Mexico). Private corporate interests and the governing bodies of the three countries systematically sought to decrease labour costs and … Keep reading »

  • Prospects for a Continental Workers’ Movement: A Friendly Debate

    The two articles that follow are part of a debate on the prospects and problems of building international working-class solidarity and struggle. They focus on these issues for the case of North America, a continent bound together through NAFTA, continental economic integration, overlapping labour markets, and U.S.-Canadian unions. Dan La Botz’ article presents a very … Keep reading »