Free screening of "Marx Reloaded" documentary with discussant SAM GINDIN, former Research Director of the CAW and co-author of The Making of Global Capitalism.
MARX RELOADED: is a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 200809. The crisis triggered the deepest global recession in 70 years and prompted the US government to spend more than 1 trillion dollars in order to rescue its banking system from collapse. Today the full implications of the crisis in Europe and around the world still remain unclear. Nevertheless, should we accept the crisis as an unfortunate side-effect of the free market? Or is there another explanation as to why it happened and its likely effects on our society, our economy and our whole way of life?
Today a new generation of philosophers, artists and political activists are returning to Marx's ideas in order to try to make sense of the crisis and to consider whether a world without or beyond capitalism is possible. Is the severity of the ongoing recession a sign that the capitalist system's days are numbered? Ironically, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, could it be that communism might provide the solution to the growing economic and environmental challenges facing the planet?
SAM GINDIN: Former Research Director of the CAW and author of The Canadian Auto Workers: The Birth and Transformation of a Union, Co-author with Leo Panitch on The Making of Global Capitalism, and In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternative.
Sam was born in Siberia, grew up in Winnipeg, went to graduate school in Madison, Wisconsin and spent most of his working life in Toronto as Research Director, then Assistant to the President, of the Canadian Autoworkers-CAW. Since his retirement from the union in 2000, he has been the Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University. He remains active in the labour and social movements as a member of the Socialist Project and the recently-formed Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly. His writings have focused on the CAW, the auto industry, the crisis in organized labor in Canada and the US, and the political economy of American capitalism.
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