• Ideas for the Struggle

    What’s happening is a renovation of left-wing thought. The ideas of revolutions that we used to defend in the 1970s and 1980s, in practice, have not materialized. So, left-wing thought has had to open itself up to new realities and search for new interpretations. It has had to develop more flexibility in order to understand … Keep reading »

  • Capitalism, Race and Colonialism

    Moderated by Alan Sears. David Roediger teaches history and African American Studies at University of Illinois. His latest book is How Race Survived U.S. History. This was recorded at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University, Toronto, 16 May 2010.

  • The Fire This Time: Burning Bridges

    Across Canada, activists have been reacting to the May 18 arson attack on a bank in Ottawa by a group claiming to be politically motivated. The group – calling itself FFFC – set off a fire bomb inside a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch in the Glebe residential neighbourhood near the city’s downtown, and … Keep reading »

  • In and Out of Crisis: Authors Meet Critics

    Toronto, May 16, 2010. Moderated by Anna Agathangelou. Part 1: the authors of In and out of Crisis: Greg Albo teaches political economy at York University, Toronto. Sam Gindin is the Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto. Leo Panitch teaches political economy at York University, is co-editor of The Socialist Register … Watch video »

  • Marx and the Global South

    Toronto, May 15, 2010. Moderated by Shahrzad Mojab. Part 1: Vijay Prashad: George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford. Prashad is the author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New Press, 2008). View part 2 on YouTube website Part … Watch video »

  • Visioning Otherwise

    Toronto, April 18, 2010. This presentation and discussion address some of the lessons and limitations of historic and contemporary (Canadian and international) visions of a world without capitalism. The panel reflects on different perspectives and the diversity of our vision of a ‘new politics’ – from Canadian working class history to indigenous feminism. Moderated by … Watch video »

  • 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 point out, has rekindled interest in – and anxieties over – Marxism. Although many on the Left hope this renewed curiosity marks the beginning of … Watch video »

  • Socialism: the Goal, the Paths and the Compass

    [Presentation of “El Socialismo no Cae del Cielo: Un Neuvo Comienzo” at the 2010 Havana Book Fair, 18 February 2010.] There’s an old saying that if you don’t know where you want to go, any road will take you there. As I’ve said on many occasions, this saying is mistaken. If you don’t know where … Keep reading »

  • 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 »