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Heathwood Institute & Press

HEATHWOOD INSTITUTE & PRESS – AN INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT

Heathwood Institute and Press

Heathwood Institute and Press is a non-profit, critical theoretical organization. Motivated and inspired by the Frankfurt School, our aim is to offer foundational social critique as well as promote concrete, critical alternatives to the type of social policy symptomatic of ‘damaged society’. As a critical theoretical organization, we strive to not only challenge the existing field of research and policy in contemporary society. We also strive to fundamentally challenge from a foundational and multidisciplinary perspective the existing social model, and with a mind toward the concept of systemic change.

Originally founded in December 2011 by a group of well-respected researchers, academics and activists, we are now actively bringing together and supporting individuals who are leaders in their area and whose scholarship possesses the potential to break new grounds in critical theoretical study and improve our understanding of how to sensitively measure and foster ‘human progress’ in contemporary society.

While our aim at Heathwood is to not only understand but also to measure social progress from a multidisciplinary, integrated and methodologically unique perspective; our motivation is to also develop simultaneously a post-Frankfurtian critical theory and to collectively promote the idea of foundational critique. In the interests of social progress we are geared toward excellence in scholarship and distinguished merit in terms of providing ground breaking research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology and Education, and with the ultimate goal of communicating the findings of our research in an engaging, practical manner that is both applicable to policy makers and accessible to the general public.

Our Mission

The mission of Heathwood Institute and Press is to address the root causes of social, economic and environmental inequality. In the process we are committed to the promotion of an informed and engaged citizenry; to promote a foundational awareness and understanding of social, cultural, economic and political processes; as well as to fight economic and social injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and society and the natural systems upon which all life depends.

By investigating more generally the idea of ‘damaged society’ our goal is to produce highly respectable, critical works, whose seminal theses offer the more broad foundations for concrete, critical alternatives which affirm the notion of systemic change and the need for fundamental public policy shifts. In principle, we seek to further this mission by advancing a new wave of critical theory in to the 21st Century.

Our mission is three-fold:

1) To understand the fundamental human issues that prevent individual and collective harmony and well-being, and that impede social progress as well as the healthy development of Western civilization;

2) To identify catalysts for change on a fundamental level across the different spheres of society;

3) To engage with researchers, policy makers and most importantly the general public in effort to promote critical dialogue as well as active leadership and participation in the manifestation of social change

 

The Heathwood Institute & Press website is at: http://www.heathwoodpress.com/

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Aesthetics

SOCIAL SCIENCES DIRECTORY

Call for Papers

On September 24, the first issue of ‘gold’ open access journal Social Sciences Directory was published. It is a small but important start, with authors and reviewers volunteering their time and effort because they believe that research should be available without barriers. We want to build from here and publish content on a regular basis in order to become a substantial repository that can serve scholars and students worldwide.

Benefits of choosing to publish with us:
•    Fully independent Editors and Editorial Boards
•    Speeded up time to publication – aiding dissemination and citation for authors
•    Multi-disciplinary content to cross-fertilise ideas
•    Retention of copyright by authors
•    Peer review of all scholarly papers
•    Publication of valuable additional material
•    Unlimited space – so fewer unnecessary rejections
•    Low article fees  and / or institutional memberships (allowing unlimited submissions)
•    An easy-to-follow submission and review process
•    Indexed with EBSCO Discovery Service for increased discoverability
•    Archived with the British Library for perpetual access
•    Friendly and helpful service

If you have papers that you would like to be considered for publication, or would like to offer you services as a reviewer, please visit our website and register. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind regards
Dan Scott MA, BA (Hons)
Director
Tel: +44 (0)1423 326 257
Email: dan.scott@socialsciencesdirectory.com

 

Social Sciences Directory: http://www.socialsciencesdirectory.com

Social Sciences Directory is an online public database that provides the full contents of the published record of research and scholarly discourse in the social sciences in a freely accessible, fully searchable, interlinked form.

Our aim is to facilitate a revolution in social sciences publishing by providing a compelling demonstration of the value and feasibility of open-access publication. If we succeed, everyone who has access to a computer and an internet connection will be a keystroke or a click away from a living treasury of scholarly knowledge.

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

 

Revolution

HOW REVOLUTIONARY WERE THE BOURGEOIS REVOLUTIONS? BOOK LAUNCH

You are invited to the launch of Neil Davidson’s new book:

How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?
(Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012)
7.00pm-1.00am
Saturday 13 October 2012
The Radisson BLU Hotel, 80 High Street, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH
http://www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-edinburgh/location
The venue is a 5 minute walk from Waverley Station via Cockburn Street, Carrubbers Close or North Bridge (see link above). Parking is available on Blackfriars Street; there is disabled access.

The evening will begin at 7.00 in the Dunedin Room where Neil will give a talk on the themes raised by his book, followed by a discussion chaired by Professor Alex Law of Abertay University, Dundee. From around 8.30 guests will be invited to move downstairs to the St Giles Suite for canapés, a paying bar, music from DJ Wattrax and dancing until 1.00. For those whose musical tastes do not extend to funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and jazz, space will be available for quieter conversation and drinking outside the St Giles Suite. Bookmarks: the Socialist Bookshop will have stall open throughout the event.

Please feel free to bring partners, colleagues or comrades.
RSVP to cauther.ha@btinternet.com

About the Book
Once of central importance to left historians and activists alike, recently the concept of the “bourgeois revolution” has come in for sustained criticism from both Marxists and conservatives. In this comprehensive rejoinder, Neil Davidson seeks to answer the question “how revolutionary were the bourgeois revolutions” by systematically examining the approach taken by a wide range of thinkers to explaining the causes, outcomes, and content of the French, English, Dutch, and other revolutions. Through far-reaching research and comprehensive analysis, Davidson demonstrates that what’s at stake is far from a stale issue for the history books–understanding these struggles of the past offer far reaching lessons for today’s radicals.
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About the Author
Neil Davidson teaches sociology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is the author of The Origins of Scottish Nationhood (2000) and Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize and the Fletcher of Saltoun award. He has also co-edited and contributed to Alasdair MacIntyre’s Engagement with Marxism (2008) and Neoliberal Scotland (2010). He is on the Editorial Board of International Socialism.
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Reviews
“I was frankly pole-axed by this magnificent book. Davidson resets the entire debate on the character of revolutions: bourgeois, democratic and socialist. He’s sending me, at least, back to the library.” — Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums
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“What should our conception of a bourgeois revolution be, if it is to enlighten rather than to mislead? Neil Davidson’s instructive and provocative answer is given through a history both of a set of concepts and of those social settings in which they found application. His book is an impressive contribution both to the history of ideas and to political philosophy.” —Alasdair MacIntyre, author of After Virtue
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“Neil Davidson wends his way through the jagged terrain of a wide range of Marxist writings and debates to distil their lessons in what is unquestionably the most thorough discussion of the subject to date. If the paradox at the heart of the bourgeois revolutions was that the emergence of the modern bourgeois state had little to do with the agency of the bourgeoisie, then Davidson’s study is by far the most nuanced and illuminating discussion of this complex fact. A brilliant and fascinating book, wide-ranging and lucidly written.” —Jairus Banaji, author of Theory as History
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“[This] is a monumental work. Neil Davidson has given us what is easily the most comprehensive account yet of the ‘life and times’ of the concept of ‘bourgeois revolution’ … This would have been enough. However, Davidson has also provided us with a refined set of theoretical tools for understanding the often complex interactions between political revolutions which overturn state institutions and social revolutions which involve a more thorough-going transformation of social relations.” —Colin Moores, author of The Making of Bourgeois Europe

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/book-launch-neil-davidson-how-revolutionary-were-the-bourgeois-revolutions-edinburgh-13-october

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

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Revolution in Psychology – by Ian Parker

SUSPENSION OF IAN PARKER – INTERNATIONAL PROTEST!

Dearest friends:

Something incredibly shocking has happened. Ian Parker has been suspended from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). It has happened suddenly and unexpectedly, and students and staff at the University have been given little to no explanation as to why.

Ian was suspended from work after having been unable to arrange, with barely 18 hours notice, for a union official to come with him to hear a charge that the university said amounted to ‘gross professional misconduct’. What this seems to mean is that Ian raised concerns within the University about the problem of secrecy and control in the department in which he works, and was suspended for doing so. Ian has had to leave his office and key, been told not to contact University staff and students, and his access to his email has been suspended.

For his students Ian has simply ‘disappeared’ overnight, and while he is keen to continue supervising and teaching, he is not allowed to.

I could never fully express what effect Ian’s sudden, shocking and completely unjustified suspension might mean for students at MMU and for the wider international academic community. Ian’s suspension is happening against a wider backdrop in the UK where while universities are now charging students £9000 a year (and much more for international students), and they are also cutting essential resources, often meaning staff have to work harder and complain less. This means that those staff who defend University as a space for open and democratic deliberation are often put under pressure to remain silent.

In fact another member of staff at MMU (and another member of the University and College Union – the UCU), Christine Vié, is also being victimised, and has been made compulsorily redundant (and there is an ongoing campaign to defend her). We are in shock, but only if we speak openly together will we be in a position to challenge and change what is happening to all of us.

Openness and democratic debate are the hallmarks of good education. Yet secrecy and silencing are key issues here.Ian has been silenced but his work continues to speak.

Yesterday I looked at the principle aims of ‘Psychology, Politics, Resistance’, which Ian helped to set up in 1994 as a network of people who were prepared to oppose the abusive uses and oppressive consequences of psychology, to support individuals to challenge exploitation, to develop a collective active opposition to oppression, and to make this a key element in the education of all psychologists.

So, let’s act together, and follow Ian’s example, and speak out – tell as many people as we can, and come together collectively as an international critical community to call upon the management of MMU to come to a resolution of this problem and to reinstate Ian.

Messages of protest can be sent to the Vice-Chancellor John Brooks (j.brooks) and the Head of the Department of Psychology Christine Horrocks (c.horrocks). These messages can be copied as messages of solidarity to the MMU UCU chair Pura Ariza (p.ariza) and it is imperative that, at the same time, support should be stepped up to support Christine Vié (c.vie).

The postgraduate students at MMU are sending a letter to the Vice Chancellor, and there will be flyers and posters put up on campus, and call outs in lectures all next week. Please do send letters and emails, and tell as many people as you can.

We will keep you posted about further action, and do let us know if you have any ideas for how we can fight this together (because we can fight this together). Please feel free to email me china.t.mills.

In solidarity,
China Mills (alongside many of the students at MMU)

From: http://criticalpsygreece.org/2012/10/06/suspention-of-ian-parker-international-protest/

Messages of protest can be sent to the Vice-Chancellor John Brooks (j.brooks@mmu.ac.uk) and the Head of the Department of Psychology Christine Horrocks (c.horrocks@mmu.ac.uk). These messages can be copied as messages of solidarity to the MMU UCU chair Pura Ariza (p.ariza@mmu.ac.uk) and it is imperative that, at the same time, support should be stepped up to support Christine Vié (c.vie@mmu.ac.uk).

 

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Education Crisis

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION: VOLUME 10 ISSUE 5 (2012)

Now available at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/10/issue10_5.asp

 

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION

Volume 10 Number 5, 2012, ISSN 1478-2103

 

SPECIAL ISSUE

The School in the Plural and Divided Society

Guest Editors: JOANNE HUGHES & CAITLIN DONNELLY

Joanne Hughes & Caitlin Donnelly. Introduction. The School in the Plural and Divided Society

Gerald Grace. Faith Schools: democracy, human rights and social cohesion

John Flint. Catholic Schools and Sectarianism in Scotland: educational places and the production and negotiation of urban space

Andrew B. Morris. Faith Schools and the Plural Society: exploring notions of diversity in school provision in England

Joanne Hughes, Simon Lolliot, Miles Hewstone, Katharina Schmid & Karen Carlisle. Sharing Classes between Separate Schools: a mechanism for improving inter-group relations in Northern Ireland?

Caitlin Donnelly. Defending Identity and Ethos: an analysis of teacher perceptions of school collaboration in Northern Ireland

Zvi Bekerman. Teachers’ ‘Contact’ at the Integrated Bilingual Schools in Israel

GENERAL ARTICLES

Michael A. Peters. Anger and Political Culture: a time for outrage!

Carol Mutch. Complementary Evaluation: the development of a conceptual framework to integrate external and internal evaluation in the New Zealand school context

Alan Cottey. The Wisdom of Sages: nuclear physics education, knowledge-inquiry, and wisdom-inquiry

 

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For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Michael A. Peters (mpeters@waikato.ac.nz).

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the articles, please contact the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include:

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178:http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=1&issue=1&year=2003&article=9_Rikowski_PFIE_1_1&id=195.93.21.68

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=2&issue=3&year=2004&article=10_Rikowski_PFEO_2_3-4_web&id=195.93.21.71

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=4&issue=4&year=2006&article=7_Rikowski_PFIE_4_4_web&id=205.188.117.66

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education,Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/validate.asp?j=pfie&vol=6&issue=5&year=2008&article=11_Rikowski_PFIE_6_5_web

 

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 10th OCTOBER 2012

 

EVENTS

Social Economy Centre – Fall Workshops

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Friday Oct 12 & 19, 2012:
Instructor: Kunle Akingbola

OVERCOMING THE GREATEST THREATS TO NONPROFIT BOARD EFFECTIVENESS
Friday, Nov 2, 2012:
Instructor: Vic Murray

For more info: http://socialeconomycentre.ca/

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Fighting Austerity in Quebec, Ontario & Beyond

Sunday, Oct. 14
2 pm
OISE, room 5-260
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Guest speakers:

– Marianne Breton-Fontaine, leader, Young Community League of Quebec; activist in the student strike movement; candidate for Quebec Solidaire in the 2012 election
– Liz Rowley, leader, Communist Party of Canada (Ontario); former public school trustee; candidate in 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo by-election

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David Rovics Touring Canada this Fall

Indie singer-songwriter David Rovics has criss-crossed North America and Western Europe many times over the past two decades. The roving troubadour has witnessed scores of local struggles against the capitalist system, and he’s documented and celebrated many of them with finely-crafted topical songs.

This fall Rovics is touring Canada, with concerts in Quebec (October 12), Ottawa (October 13), Toronto (October 16), Brandon (November 9), Winnipeg (November 10), and Victoria (November 23). Also in the works are shows in Montreal (October 14) and Vancouver (November 24).

David’s new album “Meanwhile in Afghanistan” will be released in December. Unlike most of his recordings, this project is rock-oriented. Guest artists include lefty guitar hero Tom Morello. Readers can download an acoustic version of the album by making a donation of any size to David’s publicity fundraising campaign.

For more info: http://davidrovics.com/.

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Social Planning Toronto (SPT) Member Forum: 2013 City Budget

Friday, Nov. 30
Doors open 9am, 9:30am to 12pm
2nd floor auditorium, Metro Central YMCA (space is wheelchair accessible)
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge & Wellesley)

Join us for our annual City budget forum! Come and learn about:

– the City of Toronto’s 2013 staff-recommended operating budget
– what the budget means for our communities
– opportunities to participate in the budget process

The forum will include a presentation on the 2013 City budget, remarks from our community panel, and a question / answer and discussion session with participants.

Details on speakers to follow. All are welcome!

To register, click here: http://spt2013budgetforum-eorg.eventbrite.com/#

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Conference: A Living Wage in Ontario – Why It Matters

Thursday, Oct 11-Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Cara Commons, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
7th Floor, 55 Dundas Street W., Toronto

October 11th, 7:00 pm – Evening keynote address:
The History and Potential of the Living Wage Movement: The B.C. Experience, featuring Seth Klein, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives–BC.

Friday, October 12th, 8:30-4:30 pm – Full-day workshop
The workshop will draw on real-life examples of living wage successes and it will provide space for participants to consider what a living wage could mean in the context of reducing income inequality in Ontario.

For more info: http://www.policyalternatives.ca.

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2012 Ontario Campus Activist Assembly

Friday, October 12th, & Saturday, October 13th
University of Toronto
27 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organization, representing over 500,000 college and university students who are members of more than 85 campus students’ unions. The Federation’s Ontario component, the Canadian Federation of Students–Ontario, is hosting a unique assembly of student and campus activists from across Ontario to build a fighting student movement.

The Ontario Campus Activist Assembly will bring together hundreds of rank-and-file student and youth activists, campus labour activists and community activists. This assembly will feature a variety of issues-based sessions and skills training workshops aimed at providing an interactive opportunity to develop strong local and inter-campus organizing capacities.

The deadline to register for the Assembly has been extended! Please register by Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Visit http://activistassembly.ca/ for more details.

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La Danza del Venado—A play by Ari Belathar

Staged-Reading Thursday October 11th
Theatre Direct, Wychwood Arts Barns
601 Christie Street, Toronto
8:00pm

Inspired by my own experience of illegally crossing the border into the United States as a child, to reunite with my father, LA DANZA DEL VENADO is a multidisciplinary play exploring the frightening nature of leaving one’s home, to walk into the unknown, through theatre, dance, and poetry. It tells the story of a group of migrants whose clandestine journey into the north is thwarted when they find themselves lost in the middle of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona—a harsh and desolated area that for hundreds of years has stolen the souls of its travellers.

The title of the play is based on the ancient dance of the same name celebrated by the Yaquis, a native community from the Mexican side of the Sonoran Desert. The dance, called Maso Yi Ihua (Deer Dance) in Yaqui language, narrates the life and death of the deer, the sacred animal of the Yaquis.

In Yaqui cosmology the deer represents the first member of the tribe—the oldest brother, who offers himself in sacrifice to feed the tribe with his own flesh. In this multidisciplinary play, the ancient dance serves as a metaphor to narrate the story.

General tickets $15, Students/Seniors $13, Festival Pass $29
For tickets and information call 416-652-5442 or visit
http://www.alamedatheatre.com/tickets.html

For The 2012 De Colores Festival of New Works full programme visit: http://www.alamedatheatre.com/decolores2012.html  

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NEWS & VIEWS

Video – Book Launch: Social Democracy After the Cold War

Toronto — 19 September 2012

Edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt, published by AU Press. Guest speaker: Leo Panitch.

Offering a comparative look at social democratic experience since the Cold War, the volume examines countries where social democracy has long been an influential political force – Sweden, Germany, Britain, and Australia – while also considering the history of Canada’s NDP, the social democratic tradition in the United States, and the emergence of New Left parties in Germany and the province of Québec. Once marked by redistributive and egalitarian policy perspectives, social democracy has, the book argues, assumed a new role – that of a modernizing force advancing the neoliberal cause.

The book is available as PDF download here: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120206/ebook/99Z_Evans_Schmidt_2012-Social_Democracy_After_the_Cold_War.pdf

Video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls150.php

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The CAW-CEP Merger: New Union in a Difficult World

by Herman Rosenfeld, the Bullet

Just about everyone in and around the union movement in Canada is talking about the upcoming merger between the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP). The new union being formed will be the largest private sector union in Canada.

While bigger is not necessarily better — as numerous other examples of larger mergers have shown — in this era of general unions, the new union should become a positive force on the Canadian labour scene. Both the CAW and CEP have strengths in different but complementary sectors and geographical areas; their pooling of resources should help address some of the membership losses in each (a problem throughout the entire private sector) as well as provide needed collective resources for research, education and organizing.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/701.php

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The U.S. Democratic Party and the Left

A conversation with Ingar Solty and Max Bohnel on the labour movement, the Occupy movement and its crisis, and the challenges of history

Max Bohnel lives in New York and is the U.S. foreign-correspondent for German-speaking public radio networks and progressive newspapers. Previously he worked as a Middle East foreign correspondent in Jerusalem. His conversation with Ingar Solty is a slightly reworked and unabridged version of a piece published in the German monthly journal Analyse & Kritik: Journal for Left Debate and Praxis (September edition, Sept. 21st, 2012).

Ingar Solty is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, an editor of Das Argument, and co-founding member of the North-Atlantic Left Dialogue. He is the author of The Obama Project: Crisis and Charismatic Rule (2008) and The USA Under Obama: Charismatic Rule, Social Movements and Imperial Politics in the Crisis (forthcoming in February 2013) as well as co-author of The New Imperialism (2004) and Imperialism (2011), all published in German.

The conversation was translated by Sam Putinja from Toronto.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/705.php

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Memories of Work

by Richard Mellor, Facts for Working People

I have been retired for almost nine years now.  I am a retired public sector worker.  I started working for the local water company as a laborer in 1976. It was the job of a lifetime.  Prior to this I was working for a private contractor busting my ass for $3.00 an hour. That was in construction. I also worked for $3.50 an hour as a teachers’ aide in the Oakland schools, which I loved, and that taught me to have a serious respect for teachers in urban schools.

My retirement I am told is what is destroying the US economy. I can live on my retirement so far, of course, this is the US, and if I get sick who knows?  Most bankruptcies in the US occur because of medical expenses.

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/10/memories-of-work.html

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Mitt Romney Blurts Out the Truth About Neo-Conservatism

by Linda McQuaig, Common Dreams

Ironically, in the now-famous video that seems likely to end his political career, it could be said that Mitt Romney was speaking truth to power.

Of course, “speaking truth to power” is a phrase normally used to describe courageous souls who risk their own hides to take a principled stand challenging those in power — not exactly what Mitt was doing.

Rather, assuming he was speaking privately to like-minded multi-millionaires, the Republican presidential candidate told the $50,000-a-platers what they wanted to hear: that he hasn’t any intention of helping the 47 per cent of Americans too poor to pay income tax. “My job is not to worry about those people.”

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/28-5

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Is the Attack on Public Sector Workers Justified?

from Leftwords for the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions

Dwight Duncan has justified the government’s proposal to remove collective bargaining rights in the broader public sector by suggesting that the private sector has had it much worse. Earlier, I looked at wage settlements as likely the best test to determine if this was true (it wasn’t).

But one could argue that jobs are also a key measure.

So, has the loss of jobs been much worse in the private sector than in the public sector?

Read more: http://ochuleftwords.blogspot.ca/2012/10/is-attack-on-public-sector-workers.html

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JOBS

Professional Telephone Fundraisers

Progressive Metrics is a fundraising, communications and political consulting agency. We specialize in assisting trade unions, worker organizations, grassroots campaigns, political advocacy organizations and progressive candidates to work for social change.

Progressive Metrics is currently seeking telephone representatives for its Toronto-based call centre. Primary responsibilities are fundraising for various political advocacy organizations, NGO’s, and progressive political parties and candidates.

Please note that Progressive Metrics call centre is in part virtual. Successful candidates must be reliable and able to work independently. Strong computer skills and dedicated internet access are essential. Starting wage is $14/hour. Positions are 20 hours a week with variable, 4-hr shifts including evening and weekends. Additional shifts may be available to select candidates. This is a non-commission position.

Application deadline: 5 PM Tuesday, October 16, 2012. To apply, send CV to admin@progressivemetrics.ca with “Representative” in the subject line.

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca.

 

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