• The Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism?

    If we believe in people, if we believe that the goal of a human society must be that of “ensuring overall human development,” our choice is clear: socialism or barbarism. These concluding lines from “The Path to Human Development” appear on the back cover of one Venezuelan edition – a pocket-sized edition much like the … Keep reading »

  • Still a Marxist After All

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

  • The Capitalist Workday, The Socialist Workday

    As May Day approaches, there are four things that are worth remembering: For workers, May Day does not celebrate a state holiday or gifts from the state but commemorates the struggle of workers from below. The initial focus of May Day was a struggle for the shorter workday. The struggle for the shorter workday is … Keep reading »

  • Michael Lebowitz and 21st Century Socialism

    Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez has re-opened the discussion of political alternatives, in Latin America and beyond, in spectacular fashion. Based in Caracas, Michael Lebowitz has been intensively involved in discussion of the government’s political direction. Watch video »

  • Human Development and Practice

    The Bolivarian Constitution, in my view, is unique in its explicit recognition (in Article 299) that the goal of a human society must be that of ‘ensuring overall human development.’ In the declaration of Article 20 that ‘everyone has the right to the free development of his or her own personality’ and the focus of … Keep reading »

  • Canada and World Order After the Wreckage

    The active imagining of an alternate global politics could hardly be more pressing. Mounting global inequalities, the turbulence of climate change, and recurring military interventions by Western powers have been the daily fare of the neoliberal world order. This world order was constructed over the last two decades under the hegemony of the U.S., in … Keep reading »

  • Is the Big Ship America Sinking? Contradictions and Openings

    “There’s something happening What it is ain’t exactly clear” -Buffalo Springfield, 1966 Are we in the midst of a momentous turn in world politics? Donald Rumsfeld has been shuffled out of the Pentagon. Daniel Ortega Washington’s nemesis from the Sandinista Revolution of the late 1970s, is back as President of Nicaragua. Hugo Chavez has been … Keep reading »

  • Canada, Quebec and the Left: Outflanked Again?

    The surprise Conservative motion recognizing that the “Québécois form a nation within a united Canada” and the unexpected selection of Chrétien protégé, technocrat and Clarity Act point man Stéphane Dion as Liberal leader have shown (yet again) just how important Quebec is to Canadian political life. And for at least the fifth time in the … Keep reading »

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    Renewing Democracy in Ontario From the Top Down

    Throughout Canada, as in much of the world, there has been a marked decline in voter turnout over the past twenty years. This general though uneven trend cuts across class, gender, racial, age and regional lines. Political elites began to pose the question a few years ago as to the degree to which this threatened … Keep reading »

  • Pedagogy, Human Development and Socialism

    The Bolivarian Revolution Venezuela — September 2006. Selections from a conversation between Peter McLaren and Michael Lebowitz. Part I (9:02): The Bolivarian constitution and radical pedagogy Part II (8:50): Constitution, pedagogy and praxis. Part III (20:14): The issue of socialism. • “The working class demands the right to make its mistakes and learn the dialectic of … Watch video »

  • The Social Economy and the Bolivarian Revolution

    On 15 August 2004 President Hugo Chávez of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela won a striking victory in a recall referendum challenging his presidency. The referendum followed on the heels of prior opposition attempts at a political coup and a management shutdown of the oil company PDVSA to disrupt the economy and dislodge the government. … Keep reading »

  • The Wrong Way to Boost Jobs and Incomes

    In the early 1990s, with rising unemployment and widespread economic recession, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) began to analyse unemployment, job growth, and labour market policies, and to push a rather malicious theory which they call the ‘jobs/unemployment trade-off’ in order to justify all kinds of … Keep reading »