• In and Against the State

    Recorded at The World Transformed (#TWT2018), a 4-day politics, arts and music festival running alongside the Labour Party Conference, working to build left power both inside and outside of Parliament. Moderated by Dan Hind. Presentations by: Hilary Wainwright – Sociologist, political activist and author, fellow of the Transnational Institute and editor of Red Pepper magazine. … Watch video »

  • Hard Question, No Answers

    I knew it would be coming: an essay in The Bullet trumpeting the “breakthrough” of Québec Solidaire (QS) in the recent Québec election. I agree: it was a breakthrough. QS increased its seat totals from 3 to 10, and won 16 per cent of the popular vote (over 600,000 votes). Unfortunately, their right-wing rivals, the … Keep reading »

  • Capitalism: A Crime Story – Harry Glasbeek Book Launch

    Book launch of Harry Glasbeek’s Capitalism: A Crime Story. Recorded in Toronto, 16 October 2018. Watch video »

  • For a Liberal Populism?

    Analyzing the concepts of class and left-populism in the writings of Chantal Mouffe and Domenico Losurdo. Keep reading »

  • Understanding the Rise of the Radical Right

    It is the time of monsters. The organic crisis of the old neoliberal project has also brought forth the rise of a new radical right. Yet these monsters are quite different from one another: we have strong men like Trump, Kurz and Macron – political entrepreneurs shaping a new authoritarianism from positions of governance. Theresa … Keep reading »

  • The Age of Unreason

    The Knowledge-Practice Relation and its Political Significance In many contemporary societies, there is a typical distrust of knowledge claims that are backed by reason and evidence. Correspondingly, there is a popular penchant for knowledge claims that have no basis in reason or evidence. It is as if post-modernism is being put into practice in popular circles. … Keep reading »

  • The Defence of Humanity Requires the Radicalisation of Popular Struggles

    In August this year, the acclaimed socialist writer and activist Samir Amin (1931-2018) passed away. Born in Egypt and educated in Port Said and Paris, he eventually settled as director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal from 1980. Samir was author of numerous books including his well-known Accumulation on a World Scale (1970), … Keep reading »

  • A Manifesto for Socialist Development in the 21st Century

    In early 2017, it was revealed that eight men owned as much wealth as half the world’s population (Oxfam 2017). This is in a world where, according to the most conservative figures, around one in three workers live in poverty. More realistic calculations show that the majority of the world’s population suffers from poverty of … 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 »

  • The Long March to Post-Capitalist Transition: Pan-Africanist Perspectives

    The centenary of the October 1917 Russian Revolution, a world-shaking historic event, was an occasion for celebration throughout the world. Many diverse interpretations are advanced as to its success in achieving a radical transformation of society, both in terms of its history and its overall impact. Nonetheless, there is no denying that this event altered … Keep reading »

  • How Did Socialists Respond to the Advent of Fascism?

    The following talk was given on 21 July 2018 to a two-day seminar at York University entitled “Historical perspectives on united fronts against fascism and the far right.” The framework for our panel this morning is “Unity against the Right: A historical approach.” There are in fact many histories of such united resistance, each with … Keep reading »

  • By Party or By Formation

    What would happen if the concept of a political formation were turned into a party building strategy? A map and a metaphorical excursion through two of today’s emerging democratic left forces may lead to an answer. This excursion starts by outlining the descriptive and strategic dynamics of the notion of the political formation, as articulated … Keep reading »