Category: USA

  • AFL-CIO Convention: Leaving Existing Members Behind?

    As American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) leaders packed up to leave Los Angeles last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favourable media coverage of their five-day convention. The meeting concluded, per usual, with fulsome delegate praise for President Rich Trumka’s carefully scripted chairing and bold personal leadership. But these … Keep reading »

  • Obama’s Second Term: Following Angela Merkel in the Oval Office?

    A debt crisis in Europe, an electoral campaign in the United States, and Canada watching from the sidelines; this is how the trans-Atlantic world was depicted in the media over the past months. Though the votes had not yet been counted, warnings suddenly emerged about a fiscal cliff. In order to keep discussions of budget … Keep reading »

  • U.S. Election: Sawant, Stein, and Post-2012 Left Strategy

    With more than 16,000 votes (a whopping 28 per cent of the vote), the campaign of Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant in Washington’s 43rd legislative district is a bright beacon of hope on the otherwise bleak horizon of the 2012 election for the American left, although you wouldn’t know it by reading the party-line and left-liberal … Keep reading »

  • The U.S. Democratic Party and the Left

    Max Bohnel (MB): Let’s talk about the Democratic Party and the left in the United States. The Democrats have held their party’s nomination convention and partly due to Mitt Romney’s campaign troubles Barack Obama is now ahead again in the polls. Is it possible to make out who has turned away from Obama in disappointment … Keep reading »

  • Right-Wing Populism and the Republican Party

    A Conversation with Ingar Solty and Max Bohnel on the Republican National Convention From August 27 to 30th, the Republican National Convention (RNC) took place in Tampa, Florida, where the party officially nominated Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate and Paul Ryan as his running mate for vice-president. The U.S. foreign-correspondent for German-speaking public radio … Keep reading »

  • A Brief Sketch of the Politics of Austerity

    In view of the 2008-09 economic meltdown, some on the left felt that the global and neoliberal agenda dominant since the 1979-81 economic crisis would be jettisoned in order to stabilize global capitalism. Yet the age of austerity proclaimed as a necessity by the Toronto G20 summit is clearly a continuation of ‘there is no … Keep reading »

  • The Left’s Responses to the Crisis in Europe and North America

    Toronto — 1 December 2011. Moderated by Greg Albo, featuring: Leo Panitch is a political economist and theorist based at York University, Toronto, and is co-editor of Socialist Register. His latest book (with co-author Sam Gindin) is The Making of Global Capitalism will be out in the Spring of 2012. Stephanie Ross teaches in the … Watch video »

  • New York State Is Not Broke

    New York — 17 June 2011. Decades of growing income inequality combined with tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations have needlessly set up the present state budget crises. The nationwide governors’ attack on public servants is really a defense of profiteering by bankers and billionaires. The gulf between the rich and the poor … Watch video »

  • A Movement To Change the World

    Toronto — 30 January 2011. “A Movement To Change the World” Moderated by Kelly O’Sullivan. Brenda Stokely is a human rights activist dedicated to ending all forms of national oppression, racism, sexism and exploitation of workers. She co-found and built several key organizations, including the 2004 Million Worker March Movement, NY Labor Against the War (co-convener), … Watch video »

  • Race, Class and Crisis

    Toronto, September 24, 2010. The economic crisis that started in U.S. housing markets in 2007 quickly swept across the world market. A long period of stagnation and austerity now seems to be the order of the day. While all working class people have felt the impact of the crisis on their lives and work, the … Watch video »

  • 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.

  • Operating in the Obama Moment

    Toronto – 10 March 2010. Bill Fletcher Jr. is a longtime labour and international activist and the former President and chief executive officer of TransAfrica Forum. He is the executive editor of The Black Commentator, and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. His latest book is Solidarity Divided. Moderated by Bryan Evans, Department of … Watch video »