Category: Theory

  • Occupy Wall Street: Beyond the Rhetoric

    One of the distinguishing features of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is its apparent lack of central leadership. Not only does the movement seem leaderless; it does not appear to be organized around any clearly defined ‘demands.’ This has been perceived as something quite positive for participants and supporters of the movement, while being … Keep reading »

  • A Civil Society Strategy for Revitalizing the Left

    What happened to the North American Left? Why is it that, even now, when capitalism seems so obviously unappealing, unsustainable and unfair, the Left cannot mount a more serious challenge to the Right or its grim austerity agenda? Indeed, what happened to the Left’s former ability to mobilize huge numbers into powerful social movements, to … Keep reading »

  • The Left’s Crisis

    A common response of the left to the financial crisis that broke out in the USA in 2007-08 was often a kind of Michael Moore-type populist one: Why are you bailing the banks out? Let them go under. This kind of response was, of course, utterly irresponsible, with no thought given to what would happen … Keep reading »

  • Spain: The ‘Indignant’ and the Paris Commune

    Perhaps it’s one of history’s surprises that the popular uprising surging through Spain today (and which is beginning to reverberate throughout the rest of Europe) was sparked on the 140th anniversary of the Paris Commune, a heroic moment in which the fundamental demand was also that of democracy. But a democracy conceived as a government … Keep reading »

  • Unionism, Austerity, and the Left

    An interview with Sam Gindin Andony Melathopoulos (AM): Clearly these are not very good times for public sector unions, not only in Canada but worldwide. What characterizes the current situation? How does it differ from what unions have faced historically and how they could respond, not only in the 1990s, but during their formation in the … Keep reading »

  • Rebuilding the Left in a Time of Crisis

    Leo Panitch is a political economist and theorist based at York University, Toronto, and is co-editor of Socialist Register. His most recent book is In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin). Leo spoke to New Left Project‘s (NLP) Edward Lewis about the long crisis … Keep reading »

  • Book Launch: Global Slump

    Toronto — 20 January 2011. Introductions by Faria Kamal, Liam McNally and Syed Hussan: Jesook Song is an associate professor in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. John Clarke is an anti-povery activist and member of Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. David McNally is a professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto and the author … Watch video »

  • Launch of the 2011 Socialist Register: The Crisis This Time

    Toronto — 20 January 2011. Listen to audio on Radio4All website Introduced and moderated by Leo Panitch, co-editor of the Socialist Register: Sam Gindin, is a former research director of the CAW and is currently the visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto – “Capitalist Crises and the Crisis this Time” Bryan … Watch video »

  • 21st Century Socialism: the Strategy of the Left and the Latin American Experience

    Thessaloniki, Greece — 13 December 2010. Michael Lebowitz and Marta Harnecker Marta Harnecker and Michael Lebowitz were invited by the N. Poulantzas Institute and Transform Magazine to present lectures on “21st Century Socialism: the Strategy of the Left and the Latin American Experience.” Part 1: Michael Lebowitz Part 2: Marta Harnecker View playlist on YouTube Google … Watch video »

  • Pursuing a Just World Order, Crisis for the Left

    Delhi, India — 11 November 2010. View on Blip.TV website Leo Panitch: “Pursuing a Just World Order, Crisis for the Left” Part of the Delhi University symposium on “Globalization, Justice and Democracy.” This one day symposium, which followed the three day International Conference on “The Global Crisis and Hegemonic Dilemmas” (8-10 Nov.2010 in New Delhi), … Watch video »

  • The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development

    Vancouver — 17 October 2010. Prof. Michael Lebowitz discussing aspects of his book The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, at the Maritime Labour Center in Vancouver, British Columbia. Resources: Michael Lebowitz: “The Spectre of Barbarism and its Alternative”, September 10, 2010, The Bullet No. 414. Michael Lebowitz: “Socialism: the Goal, the Paths and the Compass”, … Watch video »

  • How Labour is (Part of) the Problem in Building the Left

    Toronto, October 15, 2010. Lecture by: Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center. A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009). Other books include: Challenging … Watch video »