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Socialism and Hope

SOCIALIST REGISTER 2012: THE CRISIS AND THE LEFT

Socialist Register 2012: The Crisis and the Left is now available on the website: http://socialistregister.com/index.php/srv

Socialist Register 2012

Leo Panitch, Gregory Albo, Vivek Chibber, Preface

David Harvey, The urban roots of financial crises: reclaiming the city for anti-capitalist struggle

David McNally, Slump, austerity and resistance

Ursula Huws, Crisis as capitalist opportunity: new accumulation through public service commodification

Larry Lohmann, Financialization, commodification and carbon: the contradictions of neoliberal climate policy

Frances Fox Piven, The new American poor law

Nicole M. Aschoff, A tale of two crises: labour, capital and restructuring in the US auto industry

Adolph Reed and Merlin Chowkwanyun, Race, class, crisis: the discourse of racial disparity and its analytical discontents

Adam Hanieh, Finance, oil and the Arab uprisings: the global crisis and the Gulf states

Claudio Katz, The singularities of Latin America

Ho-fung Hung, Sinomania: global crisis, China’s crisis?

Jan Toporowski, Eastern Europe: post-communist assets in crisis

Peadar Kirby, When banks cannibalize the state: responses to Ireland’s economic collapse

SYMPOSIUM ON THE EUROZONE CRISIS AND LEFT STRATEGIES

Elmar Altvater, From subprime farce to Greek tragedy: the crisis dynamics of financially driven capitalism

Costas Lapavitsas, Default and exit from the eurozone: a radical left strategy

Michel Husson, Exit or voice? a European strategy of rupture

 

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Marx and Education

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY 2011–2012

The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. Following a successful series in 2010/11, the London Seminar on Contemporary Marxist Theory in 2011/12 will continue to explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by Marxist interventions in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis. It is open to all.

2011/12 Seminar Series

12th October, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

Alex Callinicos (King’s College, London)

Slavoj Zizek and the Critique of Political Economy

9th November, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

David McNally (York University, Toronto)

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism

14th December, 6pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-3.18

Jairus Banaji (SOAS)

Retotalizing Fascism: reading Arthur Rosenberg through Sartre’s ‘Critique’

The schedule for 2012 will be made available at a later date.

Speakers will include Susan Marks (LSE)

For further information, please contact: Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s College London: alex.callinicos@kcl.ac.uk

Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s College London: stathis.kouvelakis@kcl.ac.uk

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5@soas.ac.uk

Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

 

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Work in Progress

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 28th SEPTEMBER 2011

 

EVENTS

 

CAPLA (CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT) FALL WORKSHOP

The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) presents the Fall Focus Workshop – Cashing in on the Riches or Prior Learning

November 13 – 15, 2011, One King West Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Don’t miss CAPLA’s Early Bird deadline of October 11th!

For up-to-date information on pre-conference sessions, keynote speakers, concurrent workshops and other on-site events, visit http://www.capla.ca

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ABILITIES ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS “I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN” – INTERACTIVE VISUAL ART EXHIBIT

October 1: 7pm-7am

Carlton Cinema Gallery

20 Carlton Street (at Yonge)

I See What You Mean is an interactive exhibit which juxtaposes a series of portraits by one of Canada’s most acclaimed documentary photographers, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, with portraits and self-portraits by gallery visitors. In addition to contributions of the general public, Abilities Arts Festivals will engage and elicit the participation of communities portrayed by Pietropaolo in his most recent series, Invisible No More, a photographic chronicle of people with intellectual disabilities commissioned by the Canadian Association for Community Living.

Contributions by exhibit visitors will enrich, inform and engage with the photographic conversation initiated by Pietropaolo.  Gallery visitors will be supplied with tools and resources to generate their own portraits and self-portraits through Polaroid prints, digital and webcam photography, and pencil sketches will which will then be pinned/projected onto the walls, ceiling and floor of the gallery.

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WEBINAR: HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF VIOLENCE ON LEARNING?

Explore new resources with Jenny Horsman

Friday, September 30, 2011

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Everyday experiences of violence – from the mildest to the most catastrophic – impact learning, and the learning failure that often follows has its own ongoing impact on people’s lives. Violence happens in subtle and not so subtle ways and even with the best of intentions, educational programs can reinforce messages of violence that leave students feeling worthless and unsure of themselves as learners.

Here’s a chance for educators and administrators to take a new look at aspects of our programming that we think of as “neutral.” We may find that things we hardly notice can affect student attendance, behaviour, attitudes and participation levels.

Join this webinar for a guided tour of the innovative multi-media website http://www.learningandviolence.net and new interactive tools for students, educators, and administrators 

Register at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/241327798. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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FILM – PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE: THE ART & ACTIVISM OF CAROLE CONDÉ AND KARL BEVERIDGE

Thursday Oct. 13th @ ROM, 7pm

Planet in Focus Film Festival

http://www.portraitofresistance.net/

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MEDIA STRATEGY WORKSHOP 201

October 15, 2011

1:00pm – 5:00pm

University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada

You have already written a number of successful press releases, and done interviews for your group. You know what it takes to get media for an event, but you want to step back and look at the larger picture. This workshop will look at the bigger picture questions that go into developing a media strategy for a long term initiative.  The training will cover framing, story-based narrative analysis, social media, understanding the media story cycle, and building relationships with reporters.

Trainer: Jen Angel is co-founder of media strategy, publishing and tour management agency, Aid and Abet Booking, and former editor of Clamor Magazine.

Suggested donation: organizations and wage-earners, $20; unwaged, $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Contact name: Jessica Bell

Contact email: tools.change@gmail.com

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NEWS & VIEWS

LAYTON’S LEGACY AND THE NDP LEADERSHIP RACE

by Murray Cooke, The Bullet

With the death of Jack Layton, the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) has been thrust into an unexpected leadership race, its future in question.

Layton led the NDP to a historic breakthrough in Quebec and brought the NDP to Official Opposition status for the first time. Even with Layton, the NDP’s hold on these heights was tenuous. Without him, the NDP faces an immense challenge to maintain its current strength, let alone take that desired next step of forming a federal government. Electorally, at least, much hangs on the outcome of this leadership race.

Using a one-member-one-vote (OMOV) system, the NDP will choose its new leader next March 24. While looking forward to the leadership race, it’s also useful to consider the legacy of Layton’s tenure as leader.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/546.php

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ON VIOLENCE AND CLASS WARFARE

In Working-Class Perspectives, http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/ this week, Kathy M. Newman reflects on recent uses of the phrase “class warfare.”  She suggests that most American class warfare comes from the top, including when it becomes violent. The Center for Working-Class Studies encourages responses in the Comments section of the blog site.

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OCCUPYING WALL STREET

by Doug Henwood

We—my wife Liza Featherstone and son Ivan Henwood and I—paid a visit to the Occupy Wall Street protest yesterday afternoon. Here’s an illustrated report. I also did a segment for my radio show. Audio for that is at the bottom of this entry.

The big media have largely ignored the OWS protest (though if you’re part of a certain kind of network on Facebook, you can’t miss it). Called first by Adbusters with only the most minimal agenda, it’s taking on a life of its own, as people trickle in from all over. And I do mean minimal—the agenda is supposed to evolve spontaneously. When I talked with one of the organizers last week, she told me that they merely hoped “to build the new inside the shell of the old,” and though that sounds seductively wonderful, I’m not sure how robust such an approach can really be.

Read more: http://bit.ly/pDt6Bv

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FOLLOW THE MONEY: BEHIND THE EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS LIE MORE BANK BAILOUTS

by David McNally, The Bullet

While I was cursing the inane mainstream commentary on the global economy recently, I was reminded of a pivotal scene in the 1976 movie, All the President’s Men. As two young reporters investigate the burglary of Democratic Party offices in the Watergate Hotel, a disgruntled, high-ranking FBI agent, code-named Deep Throat, advises, “Follow the money. Always follow the money.”

They did. And, in the process, the real-life journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, blew the lid off one of the great scandals of 20th century politics. Since then, investigative reporting in the mainstream has gone the way of the dodo. As Bernstein noted twenty years after Watergate, “the media – weekly, daily, hourly – break new ground in getting it wrong.”

And nowhere are they getting it more wrong than in their coverage of the debt crises in Europe. Over and over again, we are treated to the most vacant banalities. “Greece lived beyond its means,” pundits intone, “and now it must pay its bills.” So too for Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy. . . all of which are said to be cases of out-of-control people who now must get their houses in order – by way of huge cuts to government programs.

Yet these cuts, known in the jargon as austerity measures, represent political crimes of equal if not greater magnitude to that burglary at the Watergate – though you would never know it by consulting the mainstream press, which long ago lost any inclination to follow the money.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/547.php

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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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Smoke Monster

MONSTERS OF THE MARKET

Please get your library to order this title!

http://www.brill.nl/monsters-market

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism
David McNally

Monsters of the Market investigates the rise of capitalism through the prism of the body-panics it arouses. Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, the book links tales of monstrosity from early-modern England, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to a spate of recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx’s persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, Monsters of the Market offers a novel account of the cultural and corporeal economy of a global market-system. The book thus makes original contributions to political economy, cultural theory, commodification-studies and ‘body-theory’.

Biographical note:
David McNally, Ph.D (1983) is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books and has published widely on political economy, Marxism, and contemporary social justice movements.

Readership
All those interested in Marxism, cultural studies, global political economy, as well as students of literature, folklore and popular culture.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. Dissecting the Labouring Body: Frankenstein, Political Anatomy and the Rise of Capitalism
‘Save my body from the surgeons’
The culture of dissection: anatomy, colonisation and social order
Political anatomy, wage-labour and destruction of the English commons  
Anatomy and the corpse-economy
Monsters of rebellion
Jacobins, Irishmen and Luddites: rebel-monsters in the age of Frankenstein
The rights of monsters: horror and the split society

2. Marx’s Monsters: Vampire-Capital and the Nightmare-World of Late Capitalism
Dialectics and the doubled life of the commodity
The spectre of value and the fetishism of commodities
‘As if by love possessed’: vampire capital and the labouring body
Zombie-labour and the ‘monstrous outrages’ of capital
Money: capitalism’s second nature  
‘Self-birthing’ capital and the alchemy of money
Wild money: the occult economies of late-capitalist globalisation
Enron: case-study in the occult economy of late capitalism
‘Capital comes into the world dripping in blood from every pore’

3. African Vampires in the Age of Globalisation
Kinship and accumulation: from the old witchcraft to the new Zombies, vampires, and spectres of capital: the new occult economies of globalising capitalism  
African fetishes and the fetishism of commodities
The living dead: zombie-labourers in the age of globalisation
Vampire-capitalism in Sub-Saharan Africa   
Bewitched accumulation, famished roads, and the endless toilers of the Earth

Conclusion: Ugly Beauty: Monstrous Dreams of Utopia
References
Index
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Critical Sociology

CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY REVIEW ESSAYS

Critical Sociology‘s book review section will now begin focusing on publishing more comprehensive review essays. Such essays of approximately 5,000 words in length generally examine three to four books of a similar topic through a scholarly lens. For example, we currently have four titles that examine the economic crisis from a critical/left perspective. They are:

1. McNally, David. Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance
2. Lilley, Sasha. Capital and its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult
3. Albo, Greg, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch. In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
4. Calhoun, Craig and Georgi Derluguian. Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown

Alternatively, a review essay may draw on a single book title and discuss its relevance along a broad  framework such as contemporary scholarship, or in light of recent e vents, or its utility in an activist setting, etc.

In addition, Critical Sociology welcomes review essays concerned with contemporary media and cultural productions, including but not limited to fiction, cinema, and independent music. These review essays should meet the same criteria set out for book review essays, discussed above.

If you are interested in writing a book review essay for the journal or proposing a potential review essay of your own, please contact the book review editor, George Sanders, at the following e-mail: critsoc.reviews@gmail.com

If you are interested in writing a culture review essay (concerned with fiction, cinema, music, photography and the graphic arts, etc.) for the journal or proposing a potential review essay of your own, please contact the media and culture editor, Graham Cassano, at the following e-mail: critsoc.mediaculture@gmail.com
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Professor David Fasenfest
Dept of Sociology
Wayne State University
Editor, Critical Sociology 
crs.sagepub.com
Series Editor
Studies in Critical Social Science
www.brill.nl/scss

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th MAY 2011

EVENTS

DYING FOR A HOME: FIGHTING FOR OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Thursday, May 19
7 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium
Yonge Street, north of Bloor

Join Toronto street nurse Cathy Crowe for a street-level perspective on the need for social housing and why we need social programs now more than ever. Crowe has been a street nurse in downtown Toronto for more than seventeen years and co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Music provided by the Common Thread Community Choir. Hosted by Councillor Adam Vaughan.

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STOP SIGNS: CARS AND CAPITALISM ON THE ROAD TO ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL DECAY

Thursday, May 12
7pm
Bahen Centre, Room 1200
40 St. George St., Toronto

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them.

Drawing on their new book Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler will describe how the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war.

To locate this discussion in the Toronto context, local activist Jordy Cummings will describe the work of the campaign for Free and Accessible public transit, which is being spearheaded by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

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COUNCILLOR JOSH MATLOW’S TOWN HALL DEBATE ON GARBAGE PRIVATIZATION

Tuesday, May 10th 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Ave – SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Councillor Josh Matlow will be holding a Town Hall debate on the garbage privatization issue which will be coming to City Council in mid-May, to ensure residents have an opportunity to become informed on both sides of this important issue. It will be moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin and will feature Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair of Toronto Public Works Committee and Hugh Mackenzie of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

For additional information, please contact Josh Matlow’s office at (416) 392-7906 or email councillor_matlow@toronto.ca

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STOP WAGE THEFT! CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Friday May 13, 2011
7:00pm * FREE!
Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham Street
(Bathurst St. and Bloor St.)

Celebrate our shared resistance with performances by:

* Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra and New Tradition Drum and Dance live Afro-Colombian percussion
* Spoken word by Lishai

Hear from Workers’ Action Centre leaders on our fight to stop employers from stealing our wages.    

Watch undercover footage of employers breaking the law, and see how workers are resisting through Bad Boss actions around the city.

Find Out how you can get involved!

Workers’ Action Centre is releasing a series of videos on wage theft. Watch the latest video at http://www.workersactioncentre.org

For more information: call Sonia at (416) 531-0778, ext. 221.

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(UN)LAWFUL ACCESS: CYBER-SURVEILLANCE, SECURITY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

May 12, 2011
5:00pm- :00pm
Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON

Join moderator Dr. Ron Deibert for an insightful and lively discussion into some of the most pressing social issues surrounding our rights and freedoms as cyber-surveillance becomes an ubiquitous part of our lives, on-line and off.

Digitally mediated surveillance is an increasingly prevalent, but still largely invisible, aspect of everyday life. As we work, play and negotiate public spaces, on-line and off, we produce a growing stream of personal digital data of interest to unseen others. CCTV cameras hosted by private and public actors survey and record our movements in public space, as well as in the workplace. Corporate interests track our behaviour as we navigate both social and transactional cyberspaces, data mining our digital doubles and packaging users as commodities for sale to the highest bidder. Governments continue to collect personal information on-line with unclear guidelines for retention and use, while law enforcement increasingly use internet technology to monitor not only criminals but activists and political dissidents as well, with worrisome implications for democracy.

Read more: http://www.digitallymediatedsurveillance.ca

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NEXT GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GTWA: IN THE SPRING OF 2011 WILL STRUGGLE BLOOM?

Saturday May 14, 2011
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
East side of Spadina south of College

As we exit the elections and the capitalist class continues to consolidate itself the attacks against working people will come quicker and stronger. The need for an organized resistance is greater than ever.

The Greater Toronto Workers’s Assembly (GTWA) was formed to contribute to this resistance at a time when we saw the tip of the iceberg of the “austerity” program. Looking back less than two years later our success at doing this has been both limited and mixed despite some of our successes. We need to examine the current context, our project and the challenges we face. Do we have the capacity, will and discipline to take on these challenges? Can we overcome the divisions, pressures and practices that divide us? Will we be able to help the struggle bloom?

All members and supporters are welcome. Members and supporters are encouraged to bring guests as observers.

Read more: http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/150

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NEWS & VIEWS

ANTI-AUSTERITY STRUGGLES AND THE CANADIAN ELECTION

From The Bullet

The precise political outcome of the May 2nd election may well have the NDP make an unprecedented electoral breakthrough in Canada and Quebec. This would be a major step in its long desire to displace the Liberals as the other dominant national party, partly to become something more like the Democratic Party in the U.S. and partly to become the alternate centrist political option like the British Labour Party and the German SPD. This is already what the NDP is in Western Canada and Nova Scotia. This needs to be placed in the context of an international political conjuncture where ruling class forces have, paradoxically, gained strength and momentum over the crisis to date; and set against the enduring institutional characteristics of the Canadian political and electoral systems that, if anything, the political parties and campaigns have reinforced.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/496.php

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ONTARIO FARM WORKERS ‘SHOCKED’ AS UNION BAN UPHELD

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/04/29/supreme-court.html

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MURRAY DOBBIN’S BLOG – A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY. NOW WHAT?

There is no point dwelling on the obvious other than to simply reiterate it. The election of a Conservative majority government will usher in wrenching change in Canada and we will have to witness the worse that Stephen Harper has to offer. It remains to be seen whether or not Harper actually wants to stay around for another election to win it (and therefore not go too far in a first term), and solidify the dominance of his party as the new “natural governing party.” Or whether, as his personality disorder would suggest, he will in a spirit of vengeance against the country he detests, dismantle as much of the post-war social contract he can in four years of virtually absolute power.

Read more: http://murraydobbin.ca/2011/05/03/a-conservativ-majority-now-what/

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BUY THIS BOOK!

From LBO News, Doug Henwood
Excellent collection of interviews … Perfect for teaching, or just reading. Order your copies here.

Sasha Lilley, Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (PM Press, 2011)

Interviewees: Ellen Meiksins Wood, David Harvey, Doug Henwood, Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, Greg Albo, David McNally, John Bellamy Foster, Jason W Moore, Ursula Huws, Gillian Hart, Vivek Chibber, Mike Davis, Tariq Ali, John Sanbonmatsu, Andrej Grubacic, and Noam Chomsky.

Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left—including David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch, Tariq Ali, and Noam Chomsky—Capital and Its Discontents illuminates the dynamic contradictions undergirding capitalism and the potential for its dethroning.

The book challenges conventional wisdom on the Left about the nature of globalization, neoliberalism and imperialism, as well as the agrarian question in the Global South. It probes deeply into the roots of the global economic meltdown, the role of debt and privatization in dampening social revolt, and considers capitalism’s dynamic ability to find ever new sources of accumulation—whether through imperial or ecological plunder or the commodification of previously unpaid female labor.

Read more: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=267

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VIDEO – ONLY KNOWN RECORDING OF MOTHER JONES

You have to see the only known audio and video recording of Mother Jones. On what is believed to be her 100th birthday in 1930, the legendary union organizer is still full of fire for worker justice.

Watch the video: http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/05/03/only-known-videoaudio-of-mother-jones/

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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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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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Globalization

THE GLOBAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Global Crisis through the Lens of Class, Nationality, and Gender
May 20-22, 2011
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO (downtown Chicago)

Featuring 3 days of workshops, keynote speakers and films.
All papers relating to globalization will be reviewed.

To submit a panel proposal or an individual abstract of 100 words (deadline April 15)
Send to: Jerry Harris at gharris234@comcast.net

For more information go to: http://www.net4dem.org/mayglobal

Keynote Speakers Include: Rose Brewer, Carl Davidson, Tim Luke, David McNally, Anwar Shaikh, Michael Schwartz

Housing
There are a limited number of Loyola apartments directly across the street from the downtown campus. There is a commons room, a kitchen and two bedrooms, each with a private bath. Singles are $99. Doubles are $160. Reservations are made through the GSA website but must be reserved no later than April 15th.

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 26th MARCH 2011

EVENTS

CKLN JAZZ ZONE PRESENTS: PAUL ROBESON DOCUMENTARY “HEAR I STAND”

Wednesday, March 30
6:30pm – 10:00pm
Trane Studio
964 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Program includes a panel discussion ifeauring Professor Lee Lorch from 6:45-7:45 pm and a performance by singer Henry Nowick at 7:45 pm. Screening
at 8 pm.

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LOOKING BACK AT NAC: CANADIAN FEMINISM AND THE POLITICS OF WHITENESS

Sunday, March 27
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 8201
252 Bloor St. West (at St. George subway), Toronto

Introduced by: Mary-Jo Nadeau, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto (Mississauga).

Background reading: “Troubling Herstory: Unsettling White Multiculturalism in Canadian Feminism”, Mary-Jo Nadeau, Canadian Woman Studies; Spring 2009; 27, 2/3.

Organized by Ideas Left Out: ideasleftout@gmail.com

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NO HEALTH IN OCCUPATION, NO HEALTH IN APARTHEID: AT THE INTERSECTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT

March 30, 2011
6:30pm – 8:30pm
FitzGerald Building, Room 103
150 College St., University of Toronto

The Public Health Social Justice Collective is proud to announce a special panel discussion on the politics of health and disease and its impact on the Palestinian body, nation and land. The Israel-Palestine conflict offers an important site of analysis for the various uses and misuses of public health to legitimize competing ideologies. More importantly, it reveals our tendency to overlook sociopolitical complexities and power differentials when intervening in health systems and their processes. This panel will explore the dangers associated with this approach and highlight those public health efforts which have mobilized to alleviate the social suffering faced by Palestinians living within Israel and the Occupied Territories of West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Please contact us at socialjusticecollective@gmail.com for questions and further information. Alternatively, you can RSVP with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130041070401860

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UP AGAINST THE TEMP SHOP: MAY DAY ASSEMBLY ON IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

April 4, 2011
6:30pm – 9:00pm
72 Lib, Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto

Come join the people’s assembly on immigrant rights, undocumented, temporary and precarious work and the fight for status in Toronto and beyond!

Migrant Justice organizers in Toronto and across Turtle Island have fought to create workplace protections and benefits, access to services, and full status for undocumented and precarious status workers. In the face of cutbacks, privatization, and forced displacement around the globe, and anti-immigrant policies in Canada, this assembly is a space to build a community-labour vision for immigrant rights and justice, and ensure that the rights of the most vulnerable and precarious parts of the working class continue to be fore-fronted during May Day, and within all struggles for justice.

Speakers:
– Ai-Jen Poo, National Co-chair of Domestic Workers’ Alliance, USA
– David McNally, Political Science professor, author, and active supporter of numerous social justice movements
– Farrah Miranda, immigrant rights and feminist organizer

For more information: No One Is Illegal – Toronto nooneisillegal@riseup.net

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO’S MARCH RESEARCH & POLICY FORUM: THE VIEW FROM HERE

Tuesday, March 29
9:30am – 12:00pm
NEW LOCATION: The 519 Church Street Community Centre Auditorium
519 Church Street, Toronto

Join us for a discussion of the most current housing research and ideas for improving housing in Toronto.

Speakers:
– Dr. David Hulchanski, U of T Cities Centre – “Toronto’s Tower Neighbourhoods: A Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal Agenda” and a discussion on privatization and Toronto Community Housing Corporation
– Jamie Robinson, United Way Toronto – “Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty”
– Nicole Stewart, City of Toronto – “Toronto Regional Housing Data Bank”

All are welcome. As space is limited, please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1426947037/efbevent or call Mary at (416) 351-0095 x251

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NEWS & VIEWS

NEW YORK – 100 YEARS AFTER TRIANGLE FIRE, HORROR RESONATES

It was a warm spring Saturday when dozens of immigrant girls and women leapt to their deaths — some with their clothes on fire, some holding hands — as horrified onlookers watched the Triangle Shirtwaist factory burn.

The March 25, 1911, fire that killed 146 workers became a touchstone for the organized labor movement, spurred laws that required fire drills and shed light on the lives of young immigrant workers near the turn of the century.

The 100th anniversary comes as public workers in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere protest efforts to limit collective bargaining rights in response to state budget woes. Labor leaders and others say one need only look to the Triangle fire to see why unions are crucial.

Read more: http://www.vosizneias.com/79225/2011/03/22/new-york-100-years-after-triangle-fire-horror-resonates

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SAVING PUBLIC EDUCATION: WHY TEACHERS MATTER

By Rick Salutin, Toronto Star

Teachers are often the focus of anger when we ponder problems in our school system. In the first of a series, Rick Salutin says the best fix may be the easiest: leave teachers alone.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/960546–saving-public-education-why-teachers-matter

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BUDGET 2011: SMELLS LIKE 1995

By Armine Yalnizyan, Progressive Economics Forum

Back in 1995 Finance Minister Paul Martin introduced a budget that reshaped fiscal federalism and retrenched the scope of the welfare state in Canada. It envisioned a dramatically smaller role for the federal government, a role that was permanently in question through the process of ongoing program review. It was Paul Martin’s permanent revolution, for the federal public service.

Today’s federal budget, the sixth tabled by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, brings back the revolution.

Read more: http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2011/03/22/budget-2011-smells-like-1995/

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KOCH INDUSTRIES REGISTERS TO LOBBY ALBERTA GOVERNMENT

By Geoff Dembicki, The Hook

Koch Industries, a powerful American energy conglomerate which helped found the Tea Party movement, has now registered to lobby the Alberta government.

Records show the company hired Global Public Affairs, one of the most influential lobby firms in Canada, to represent its interests.

Read more: http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Environment/2011/03/24/koch-lobby-government/

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ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IS NOT ‘REALISTIC’

By Linda McQuaig, rabble.ca

“Greed is good and I love money.”

There was a time when such a lip-smacking declaration of personal gluttony would have been dismissed as boorish and anti-social.

Yet today this bombastic declaration by wealthy arch-capitalist Kevin O’Leary is treated as reasonable, even given copious airtime by our public broadcaster. (O’Leary currently figures prominently in two CBC TV programs and is soon to add another.)

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2011/03/economic-inequality-not-realistic

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VIDEO: CANADA’S GROWING GAP

From Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The income gap between the rich and the rest of us grew, in good times and in bad. Learn more about it with this video.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrjIBbMPQw0

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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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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Raya Dunayevskaya

MARXIST-HUMANIST INITIATIVE AT THE LEFT FORUM

March 4, 2011

Dear Friends of MHI

It’s great to see revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, and workers’ resistance to attacks on unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the U.S. and in Europe. We can’t think of a better time to invite you to our coming discussions in New York City. Those of you who can’t get here will be able to view videos on our website afterwards (http://marxist-humanist-initiative.org).

Sat. & Sun. March 19 & 20, we are sponsoring 3 panels at the Left Forum at Pace University in lower Manhattan (http://www.leftforum.org/conference/2011):

The Great Recession and its Aftermath: Saturday at 3:00 p.m., Room LHN
Andrew Kliman: “The Great Recession and the Persistent Frailty of Capitalist Production”
Alan Freeman: “Waking from the Dream: Europe in the Great Recession”

Fred Moseley
David McNally: “Global Slump, Age of Austerity, and the Growing Resistance”

Is Socialism Possible? Part 1: Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Room W623
Andrej Grubaèiæ:  “Anarchism, or Libertarian Socialism for the 21st Century”
Anne Jaclard: “Yes, If a New Mode of Production Lays the Ground”
Antti Ronkainen: “Socialization of the Banking System”
Alex Steinberg: “Socialism and the Role of Consciousness”

Is Socialism Possible? Part 2: Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Room W504
Michael Albert:”Yes, But Which Socialism?”
Andrew Kliman: “Marx’s Lower Phase of Communism: Not Another ‘Labor Money’ Scheme”
Cindy Milstein
We will also have a book table in the Exhibitors area (be sure not to confuse MHI’s table and panels with those of other groups calling themselves Marxist-Humanists).

Just after Left Forum, on Tuesday March 22 at 7:00 p.m., we are co-sponsoring (with The New SPACE, http://new-space-nyc.org) a talk by Antti Ronkainen, who is coming here from Finland. His topic will be Crisis, Austerity, and Resistance in the Euro Zone: A View from Finland.  A description appears at the end of this blog.

Next month, on Wednesday April 13 at 7:00 p.m., we are co-sponsoring Allan Armstrong, a Scottish thinker-activist, speaking on “Is an Emancipatory Communism Possible?” See below.

Both these talks will be held in mid-Manhattan, at TRS Inc., Professional Suites, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th floor (between Madison and Park Aves).  If you need directions to either Left Forum or TRS, or for any other information about our events, write or call us.

We look forward to seeing you!
In Solidarity,
Anne Jaclard for Marxist-Humanist Initiative
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Crisis, Austerity, and Resistance in the Euro Zone: A View from Finland
A talk by Antti Ronkainen

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM
TRS Inc, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor
(between Madison & Park Avenues)

In the spring and summer of 2010, crisis gripped Europe, highlighting the continued instability of the capitalist system across the globe. Financial meltdown was averted only by means of a massive bailout package, totaling as much as ?750 billion, and the European Central Bank’s move to begin purchasing sovereign debt of the weaker Euro zone countries to prevent a breakup of the zone. Will the patch hold?

Antti Ronkainen will give special attention to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), established last summer to help safeguard financial stability in the Euro zone. He will argue that the EFSF is not designed to solve the Euro crisis, but rather allows the European Central Bank to engage in potentially risky lending and provides a mechanism for redistributing income from taxpayers to banks. Ronkainen will also discuss the European workers and students’ demonstrations and strikes against new austerity programs, especially the current situation in Finland. Will the resistance succeed in saving the unions and government benefits?

Antti Ronkainen is a student of social sciences in Finland. He is an editor of and writer for Megafoni, a Finnish autonomist web journal (http://megafoni.org).

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Is an Emancipatory Communism Possible?
A talk by Allan Armstrong
Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM
TRS, Inc, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor
(between Madison & Park Avenues)

Mention of the word “Communism” today conjures up visions of tyrants. Young people, even when they clash violently with the representatives of global capitalism in Seattle or London, call their protests “anti-capitalist,” not communist.

However, anti-capitalism is not enough. Revolutions can lead to immediate feelings of intense liberation, but they are usually followed by much longer periods of defense, setbacks, and painful reconstruction. The 20th century was the “Century of Revolutions,” but it eventually produced so little for humanity at such a high cost, that it is not surprising that many are very cautious, despite growing barbarism.

Allan Armstrong will argue that it is vital that we outline a genuine new human emancipatory communism, which takes full stock of the failings of both “official” and “dissident Communism,” and which can persuasively show that human liberation can still be achieved. He will explore Marx’s vision, particularly as detailed in his “Critique of the Gotha Program,” which emphasizes the need to break with capitalist production relations rather than expecting a new society to come about through political changes.

Allan Armstrong, a republican, Scottish internationalist, and communist, is currently co-editor of Emancipation & Liberation, the journal of the Republican Communist Network. He is also involved with The Commune, a collective dedicated to outlining a new communism for the 21st century. Armstrong is the author of “Why We Need a New Emancipatory Communism” (http://thecommune.co.uk/2009/06/02/why-we-need-a-new-human-emancipatory-communism) and “The Communist Case for ‘Internationalism from Below'” (http://thecommune.co.uk/2010/06/06/the-communist-case-for-internationalism-from-below).

Presented by Marxist-Humanist Initiative (http://marxist-humanist-initiative.org) & The New SPACE (http://new-space-nyc.org)

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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World Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 13th FEBRUARY 2011

EVENTS

LEFT FILM AND VIDEO – CULTURE FORUM ONE

Monday, February 21
7:30 pm.
The Regal Beagle (back room)
335 Bloor St West (near St George), Toronto

Left film and video: a discussion with Frank Saptel and other Board members of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

Performances by:
– Wally Brooker, saxophone
– Jerry Lee Miller, stand-up comedy
– Mike Constable, animation films
– plus short films by invited guests

Presented by the Culture Committee (Cultcom) of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly

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WEBINAR – THE CO-OPERATIVE MODEL: A DURABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE

Friday, February 18
12pm EST

Featured Speakers: Professor Ian MacPherson (Professor Emeritus University of Victoria and author of A Century of Co-operation) and David Bent (Author of Forthcoming book Determined to Prosper: The Story of Sussex Co-op, the Oldest Agricultural Society in the World, PhD Student in History, University of New Brunswick)

More info: http://www.cooperativedifference.coop/page/4-Events-Opportunities

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CLiFF (CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2011

The Selection Committee of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) invites you to submit your film or video for possible screening during our second Festival to be held this November in Toronto, Ontario and in 50 communities across the country (and counting). Films are due 30 June, 2011.

CLiFF features film and video made by, for, and about the world of work and those who do it, in Canada and internationally. The films we showcase are about unionised workers, as well as those not represented by unions. We encourage projects regarding any and every aspect of work, as well as issues affecting work or workers.

The festival draws thousands of trade unionists, community members, youth, activists, students, educators, artists, and allies from across North America and one day, we hope, the world.

We are looking for films on a wide spectrum of issues. We seek films about privatization, youth, First Nations people, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, detainees, health and safety, resistance, art, poetry, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered people, taxi drivers, truck drivers, rickshaw drivers – anyone who does anything considered work.

We also encourage the widest possible variety of films: from documentaries to drama to poetry/poetic treatments to comedy and animation.

More info: http://labourfilms.ca/cliff/2011/02/08/2011-call-for-submission-now-available/

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FORUM – GLOBAL CRISIS, FISCAL RESTRAINT AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Thursday March 10, 2011
7pm
Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge, 2nd floor
63 Gould Street, Toronto

2011 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: John Loxley
Co-sponsored and supported by Ryerson’s CUPE Locals 233, 1281, 3904, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Dr. John Loxley is a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Manitoba. He specializes in International Money and Finance, International Development and Community Economic Development and has published extensively in these areas. He has researched public-private partnerships for almost fifteen years and recently published Public Service Private Profits: The Political Economy of Public-Private Sector Partnerships, with Salim J. Loxley, Fernwood Publishers, 2010.

For further information contact Bryan Evans at 416 979-5000 x4199 or e-mail: b1evans@ryerson.ca

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LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES – SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE (OISE/UT)

Community Foundations

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Noon – 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Room 12-199, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

With Rosalyn Morrison, Community Initiatives, Toronto Community Foundation and Betsy Martin, Community Foundations Canada

Rosalyn Morrison will talk about how the Toronto Community Foundation mobilizes more than 300 individual and family donors, high-impact community organizations and cross-sector leaders to tackle complex, quality of life issues in creative and inspiring ways.

Betsy Martin will discuss how foundations in Canada can support social enterprise and how this is part of the evolution of the investment model of foundations around the world. She will give examples of what community foundations in Canada and the United States are doing, to give a sense of the potential for this kind of community foundation investing.

Moderator: Michael Hall, Primus

– Bring your lunch and a mug.  Water, coffee and tea will be provided.
– For more information, please contact Lisa White at: secspeakerseries@gmail.com
– This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca/english/webcast.php

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NEWS AND VIEWS

REPORT: WAL-MART ACTUALLY KILLS JOBS, CREATES TAXPAYER BURDENS

from The Raw Story

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer.

The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them, drives down wages and is a tax burden because it does not give health and other benefits to many part-time employees, leaving a burden on Medicaid and other public programs.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/10/walmart-draws-ire-poor-parts-brooklyn/

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MUBARAK’S FOLLY: THE RISING OF EGYPT’S WORKERS

by David McNally, The Bullet

Rarely do our rulers look more absurd than when faced with a popular upheaval. As fear and apathy are broken, ordinary people – housewives, students, sanitation workers, the unemployed – remake themselves. Having been objects of history, they become its agents. Marching in their millions, reclaiming public space, attending meetings and debating their society’s future, they discover in themselves capacities for organization and action they had never imagined. They arrest secret police, defend their communities and their rallies, organize the distribution of food, water and medical supplies. Exhilarated by new solidarities and empowered by the understanding that they are making history, they shed old habits of deference and passivity.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/460.php

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TAKE A STAND AGAINST WAGE THEFT

We work hard, but too often we don’t get paid.  

In December 2010, the Workers’ Action Centre recorded our experiences looking for work. Go to http://www.workersactioncentre.org to listen to the reality workers in Ontario face every day.

We are offered work for less than minimum wage, we don’t get overtime pay, we are charged fees to get work, we are told we have to be self-employed to get a job.

This is wage theft.

TAKE ACTION

We are taking action against wage theft and so can you.

–  Watch workers’ stories of wage theft and share with others. (http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WorkersActionCentre/0760994829/46f0beda64/0feed76c2b)

–  Email the Minister of Labour Charles Sousa on our Wage Theft Action page (http://www.workersactioncentre.org/campaigns_stopwagetheft.html)

–  Call our workers rights hotline at (416) 531-0778.  Report wage theft.

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CBC NEWS OTTAWA – UNION WASTE COLLECTORS SAVE OTTAWA MILLIONS

The City of Ottawa said Tuesday it saved close to $5 million, over four years, by using unionized employees to collect garbage in its downtown core.

The city said since the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 — the city’s largest union — won the garbage collection contract for Ottawa’s downtown area in 2005, it has delivered the services it promised for less money.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2011/02/08/ottawa-union-garbage-208.html

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PUBLIC-WORKER UNIONS SKIP ALBANY AD BLITZ FOR NEW TACTICS

by Nicholas Confessore, New York Times

ALBANY — The airwaves are virtually silent. The fiery criticism of years past has given way to conciliatory press releases. And the halls of the Capitol ring not with angry protests but with the quiet hum of lawmakers and lobbyists making their daily rounds.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City teachers’ union, said, “We think the ad wars make people feel disenfranchised from the process.”

Faced with devastating budget cuts from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and a deeply hostile electorate, New York’s most influential public-employee unions have unexpectedly shifted their strategy for defending cherished government programs and worker benefits. Put off for now are the angry denunciations and millions of dollars of advertisements, chiefly from hospitals and a health care union, that have traditionally begun haunting governors in early February.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/nyregion/10unions.html?ref=nyregion

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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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Capitalist Crisis

DAVID McNALLY SPEAKS ON THE GLOBAL SLUMP: THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF CRISIS AND RESISTANCE

David McNally, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance analyzes the global financial meltdown as a systemic crisis. He argues that – far from having ended – the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence.

Analyzing the massive intervention of the world’s central banks to stave off a Great Depression, he shows that, while averting a complete meltdown, this laid the basis for recurring crises for poor and working class people: job loss, increased poverty and inequality, and deep cuts to social programs, as well as the intensification of racism and attacks on migrant workers.

Only real resistance to corporate power and corporate policies can change this. David traces new patterns of social and political resistance – from housing activism and education struggles, to mass strikes and protests.

You can listen to David McNally speak about these issues at ‘Equal Time Radio’: http://equaltimeradio.com/?q=node/312

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Capitalism in Crisis

THE GLOBAL SLUMP – DAVID McNALLY

Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

by David McNally

SKU: 9781604863321

https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=271

Global Slump analyzes the global financial meltdown as the first systemic crisis of the neoliberal stage of capitalism. It argues that – far from having ended – the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence. In developing an account of the crisis as rooted in fundamental features of capitalism, Global Slump challenges the view that its source lies in financial deregulation.

The book locates the recent meltdown in the intense economic restructuring that marked the recessions of the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Through this lens, it highlights the emergence of new patterns of world inequality and new centers of accumulation, particularly in East Asia, and the profound economic instabilities these produced.Global Slump offers an original account of the “financialization” of the world economy during this period, and explores the intricate connections between international financial markets and new forms of debt and dispossession, particularly in the Global South.

Analyzing the massive intervention of the world’s central banks to stave off another Great Depression, Global Slump shows that, while averting a complete meltdown, this intervention also laid the basis for recurring crises for poor and working class people: job loss, increased poverty and inequality, and deep cuts to social programs. The book takes a global view of these processes, exposing the damage inflicted on countries in the Global South, as well as the intensification of racism and attacks on migrant workers. At the same time, Global Slump also traces new patterns of social and political resistance – from housing activism and education struggles, to mass strikes and protests in Martinique, Guadeloupe, France and Puerto Rico – as indicators of the potential for building anti-capitalist opposition to the damage that neoliberal capitalism is inflicting on the lives of millions.

Praise:

“In this book, McNally confirms – once again – his standing as one of the world’s leading Marxist scholars of capitalism. For a scholarly, in depth analysis of our current crisis that never loses sight of its political implications (for them and for us), expressed in a language that leaves no reader behind, there is simply no better place to go.” –Bertell Ollman, Professor, Department of Politics, NYU, and author of Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method

“David McNally’s tremendously timely book is packed with significant theoretical and practical insights, and offers actually-existing examples of what is to be done. Global Slump urgently details how changes in the capitalist space-economy over the past 25 years, especially in the forms that money takes, have expanded wide-scale vulnerabilities for all kinds of people, and how people fight back. In a word, the problem isn’t neo-liberalism — it’s capitalism.” –Ruth Wilson Gilmore, University of Southern California and author, Golden Gulag

“Standard accounts of the present crisis blame the excesses of the financial sector, promising that all will be well when the proper financial regulations are in place. McNally’s path breaking account goes far deeper. He documents in great detail how the roots of the crisis are found in the systematic failings of capitalism. At this moment in world history the case for a radical alternative to the capitalist global order needs to be made as forcefully as possible. No one has done this better than McNally.” –Tony Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Iowa State University and author of Globalisation: A Systematic Marxian Account

“McNally has developed a powerful interpretation that sheds a mass of new light… This is a superb book.” –Robert Brenner, author of The Economics of Global Turbulence on Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism.

“By exposing the historical and theoretical roots of ‘market socialism’, David McNally demonstrates in a particularly lucid and powerful way the fundamental flaws and contradictions in that concept.” –Ellen Meiksins Wood, author of Empire of Capital on Against the Market: Political Economy, Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique.

About the Author:

David McNally is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books: Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism (1988); Against the Market: Political Economy Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique (2003); Bodies of Meaning: Studies on Language, Labor and Liberation (2001); Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism (2002; second revised edition 2006); and Monsters of the Market: Body Panics and Global Capitalism (2010). His articles have appeared in many journals, including Historical Materialism, Capital and Class, New Politics, and Review of Radical Political Economics. David McNally is also a long-time activist in socialist, anti-poverty and migrant justice movements.

Product Details:

Author: David McNally
Publisher: PM Press/Spectre
Published: December 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60486-332-1
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 248 Pages
Dimensions: 8 by 5
Subjects: Politics-Marxism, Economics

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