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Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism - An interview with Professor David McNally

January 10, 2013
| In this episode of radio book lounge, Ali Mustafa interviews Professor David McNally about his new book, 'Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism.'
Length: 32:11 minutes (29.48 MB)
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Book: Occupy The Economy

January 6, 2013
| David Barsamian of Alternative Radio came to Vancouver in November to speak about a new book he co-wrote with economist Richard Wolff. The book is titled Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism.
Length: 52:47 minutes (48.34 MB)
Progressive Voices

Capitalism and the NHL Lockout

January 4, 2013
| Tyler Shipley, editor of Left Hook, provides a critical analysis of the NHL lockout and professional sports in North America.
Length: 26:08 minutes (23.93 MB)
Columnists

Cash Cab, globalization and expanding the welfare state

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Recently I asked some university students, hesitantly, if they watch Cash Cab. Hesitantly, since I know they don't watch much TV, or own one. For their demographic, TV is part of media history -- like town criers or the jungle telegraph -- versus its present, which is new media, social media: in a word, the Internet. They said they all watch it, enthusiastically, online.

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Alternatives to Capitalism Workshop: The new Venezuela post-election six-year plan

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:30pm

Location

Centre for Social Justice/CSI Annex, Second Floor, Meeting Room #1
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 47.8476" N, 79° 24' 38.2248" W

One of the central tasks of remaking socialism for the 21st century is insisting upon and exploring alternatives to capitalism. This has been the importance of the Venezuelan Revolution, and the politics emerging in the Bolivarian bloc of states. The recent re-election of Hugo Chavez has led to further radical proposals for socialization. But these require careful study and debate given the experience of Venezuela and the balance of class forces inside the country and the region. One of the central theorists of the new theory of the transition to socialism has been Michael Lebowitz, who draws extensively on the developments in Venezuela in his thinking on ‘real human development’. This meeting will for discussion of these issues in light of the new Venezuela programme.

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Friedrich von Hayek: Neoliberalism's prophet

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As the economic boom of the post-war period ended in the early 1970s, neoliberal ideology emerged as a rebellion against the statist strategies of the previous era. While neoliberalism was critical of Keynes it was also a further development of themes present in classical and neoclassical economic thought. Its most famous proponent was the economist-philosopher Friedrich von Hayek (1899-1992). His theory till the 2012 U.S. elections constituted the central intellectual adversary for the global justice movements, the leftist states in Latin America and other critics of corporate capitalism.

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The Society of the Spectacle, the Lesser of Two Evils, and the US Election

November 9, 2012
| Kevin Mackay provides post-election analysis on American domestic and foreign policy, the structural problems with the United States electoral system, and more.
Length: 15:00 minutes (13.74 MB)
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Why natural disasters are good for capitalism

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It's been amusing to listen to the pundits discuss the economic implications of Hurricane Sandy. Of course, we all know it closed the financial markets in NYC for two days. (That should lead to a sudden spike in productivity, by my reckoning, since millions of people stop looking at pointless charts and do something useful for a change.) Financial analysts worry about the impact on insurance companies. Their shares surely plunged on Wednesday morning when the markets reopened. One trader interviewed on Toronto radio put it bluntly: "Shoot first, ask questions later." In other words, sell them all off, and then buy back any that you later find out may not have been hit so badly by Sandy's fallout. [Rarely do you get such an honest glimpse into the base

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Book Launch: The Making of Global Capitalism, by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location

Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 17' 1.7052" N, 123° 3' 58.0608" W

Please join Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch for a reading and book launch of

The Making of Global Capitalism
The Political Economy of American Empire

Hosted by:

Trade Union Research Bureau
Vancouver and District Labour Council

Naomi Klein: This economic model is at war with life on Earth

At the opening night of PowerShift 2012 in Ottawa this past weekend, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois from Quebec delivered a powerful speech in which he was very explicit in identifying capitalism as the enemy. He concluded with a statement along the lines of 'we either get liberty, or we die,' in which he meant liberty from capitalism. During a press availability session at PowerShift, rabble.ca asked Naomi Klein to comment about this statement: 

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