Economics

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Since the 1970s, capitalists strategies of neoliberalism combined with accelerating automation have had a devastating effect on working class organizations and communities. Through advancing workers control and the workers-owned cooperative enterprise, we begin to counter the class warfare strategies that have set us back. This panel examines strategies and practices that counter the neoliberal offensive.
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This panel/workshop movement building discussion, is based on various ways to build a community based but to City Wide and Mass Movement that will take on various local issues that connect cities to states to national actions.
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We will discuss how the unstable economics of the US affect working women and the family; creating Depression, Anxiety, and oppressive sexual attitudes in the US. This will then be compared with the economic and social position of East German women under Socialism.
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Amidst the “techlash”, some tech workers are beginning to realize that they are, in fact, workers. But due to the prevalance of a technology-inflected neoliberal ideology in Silicon Valley, it will be a long road to an organized tech industry. On this panel we will hear from tech workers who have been involved in recent organizing efforts in the tech industry. We will also reflect on the wider importance of organizing efforts in Silicon Valley—specifically, how harnessing power from below could address some of the economic and ethical concerns associated with unaccountable technology corporations.
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This panel considers Social Reproduction Theory in relation to the 99% Women's Strike of March 8, 2018, and the ensuing uprisings by teachers, primarily women, in the Right to Work states that started in 2018 and continue at this writing. What is Social Reproduction Theory? How does SRT contribute to Marxist analysis? How does the ideology of the Women's Strike contribute to a feminism that represents working class women and that challenges the mainstream feminism of pussy hats? How do we explain the new consciousness of political power that imbues the teacher walkouts? The conventional wisdom is that Democrats embody feminist ideology while Republicans oppose it. But are we looking at a new feminist formation in the US that is closer to the women's movements in Latin America such as the "Not One More" campaign against violence in Argentina and the mobilization against abortion restrictions in Poland? What is the relationship between this feminism of the 99% and the new consciousness among Marxist analysts that social reproduction and the attacks on the capacity to live and work in a period of extreme austerity are as central to social movement organizing as the traditional workplace based strikes and other forms of resistance.
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2018 marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, than whom, as even his ideological opponent Isaiah Berlin had to admit, “no thinker in the nineteenth century has had so direct, deliberate, and powerful an influence upon mankind.” This panel seeks to bring together intellectuals of all sorts, whether academics or activists, who are committed to exploring Marx’s legacy in this post-Marxist age, those who, once more, seek somehow to bring that legacy to bear upon the world. Specifically, the panel seeks to address what is legacy of Marx’s life as a revolutionary intellectual, that is the legacy of the political writings and activities he contributed to the socialist workers’ movement.
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The co-operative movement was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective wellbeing in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion and cultural discrimination. As the modern economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the population basic amenities for decent life, this co-operative spirit is as critical as ever. However, over the years the co-op sector has become insular and poorly understood. A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of diverse communities across the Province of Ontario, which by addressing their needs collectively are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation. In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society!
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Labor insurgencies in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and beyond gave us a glimpse at what workers can achieve when organized and united in solidarity.