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The first Canadian Labour Congress convention was held 58 years ago, before most of the delegates to its 27th convention this month were born. It was an all-important event in working class history, as until then Canadian labour movement unity had proven elusive.

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April 21, 2014 |
Discussions about the economy shouldn’t be dominated by banks and corporations. Join the conversation about how the economy can work for Canadian workers, our families, and our communities.
| February 25, 2014

'Profiting Without Producing' stands to restrain finance and fight for socialism

Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All

by Costas Lapavitsas
(Verso Books,
2014;
$34.95)

Economics professor Costas Lapavitsas' new book Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All, delving into the elusive world of finance, that place where fortunes are made seemingly out of nothing, but with such dramatic impact on the world economy. Lapavitsas tackles one of the most innovative and perhaps most controversial concepts in political economy: financialization. Aaron Leonard recently corresponded with professor Lapavitsas via email to ask him about his new book and its wider implications.

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January 17, 2014 |
Canada has not seen the kind of energized and far-reaching calls and protest movements for raising the minimum wage as in the states, the working poor in this country face similar difficulties.
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Economics, labour and the miseducation of Stephen Harper and Tim Hudak

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Tim Hudak is a great example of the damage a good education can do. So is Stephen Harper. Both are products of university economics departments in the late 20th century. Each has a proud MA in the field. Like their American cognate -- Paul Ryan -- they've chosen to implement economic policy with no or little experience in the work world. Hudak worked briefly at a low level for Walmart; almost an internship. Since then -- all politics.

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B.C.'s natural gas strategy bad economics

December 4, 2013
| Christy Clark won the last election in part on the promise of a natural gas industry that would create jobs and eliminate the provincial debt. It turns out to be more fantasy than hard economics.
Length: 42:54 minutes (39.29 MB)

'Disassembly Required' dismantles capitalism and builds new ideas about resistance

Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism

by Geoff Mann
(AK Press,
2013;
$14.95)

Geoff Mann is the author of Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism, which acts as a primer on economics 101 and speaks to those people who are not comfortable with the status quo, confused about the state of things and trying to imagine a different system.

Aaron Leonard recently corresponded with Professor Mann via email to examine the book and dig deeper into some of the popular explanations it offers. This is an edited version of their original conversation.

 

Who are you hoping to reach with this book?

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October 18, 2013 |
The throne speech had a lot to say about Canadian families. However, the majority of Canadian families are left out of this picture. Not to mention the majority of Canadians.
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Climate change and capitalism

September 16, 2013
| Fred Magdoff is is a professor emeritus in plant and social science and co-author of What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism.
Length: 15:56 minutes (14.6 MB)
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