Political Economy and the Current Crisis

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This panel will lead a discussion around the mental health crisis in America. Topics will include deficiencies in mental health services regarding rural and urban populations, generational concerns, veterans' services, homelessness, wrongful incarceration of diagnosed youth, lack of funding for services, as well as qualified practitoners, and others.
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In spite of the fact that Russia is a country of capitalism’s Jurassic Park and oligarchic capitalism, it has manifested itself as a geopolitical opposition to NATO, which raises a number of urgent and important questions and challenges to the Left: 1) NATO is world policeman. Will be Russia another world policeman? 2) New Cold War inevitable? 3) Do we need new world wide peace movement? Who can be main actors of this movement?
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The purpose of the panel is to systematize Karl Marx's most relevant ideas for the 21st century and to show how classic and modern Marxist methodology can ve used for the analysis and solvation of the major problems of the 21st century. Among them: 1) Capitalism is coming back: desocialization and rebirth of the class conflicts of the capital and labour. Marxist alternative. 2) Marx’s analysis of market and money and modern market of simulacra. 3) Deepening conflicts: 21st century and rebirth of dialectical method. 4) Marx’s theory of disalienation and problems of development of a strategy for social liberation.
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The first “Workers’ Economy” meeting in 2007 in Buenos Aires started today’s global network of enterprises "recuperated" and self-managed by their workers. Activists in cooperatives, trade unions and solidarity economies have joined this network, as well as many thinkers. Its roots are in Argentina’s 2001 crisis, when workers faced enterprises shut by distressed owners. To save jobs, many peacefully re-organized their workplaces as co-ops and resumed work under their own control. The network’s South American chapter now has over 500 worker-recuperated firms: Argentina 390, Brazil 70, Uruguay 50, and more elsewhere. Starting in South America, the network has grown to embrace 800 enterprises in over 30 countries. In 2014 the first European “encuentro” was held in the Fralib tea factory in Marseilles, France. The second was in 2016 at the Greek co-op, Vio.Me. There are now almost 300 worker-recuperated firms in Italy, 30 in France, and more in Greece, Spain and Turkey. The network’s North American, Central American and Caribbean chapter – main host of this panel - met in Mexico City in 2014 and 2016. Mutual aid animates the workers' economy. Facing legal challenges Vio.Me called for and got network aid, as did the Hotel Bauen in Buenos Aires. New chapters are forming in Africa and Asia. Can "the workers' economy" and allies form part of what the Left Forum calls a "winning strategy" by which workers transcend neo-liberal capital? With the help of chairing by Peter Ranis, panelists accept a 10-minute limit on this issue, including introductions. We invite all Left Forum participants to concretize our New York debates at the Workers’ Economy “encuentro” November 8-10 in Mexico City for North American, Central American & Caribbean region participants. For info: https://www.globaljusticecenter.org/
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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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Discussion of URPE Reader, Imperilied Economies 2018, published by Dollars and Sense, and of current work of URPE.
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Karl Marx described capitalism in distinctly monstrous term -- describing “dead labor” as “vampire-like,” for instance, and as living only “by sucking living labor.” Over a century and a half later, these metaphors still resonate, with a journalist from Rolling Stone in 2009 describing Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” The financialization that we’ve seen in the past three decades has crept into every aspect of social relations, with the search for market “solutions” to a wide range of issues from education to military intelligence to environmental stewardship. On an individual level, we are tracked with every swipe of a credit card, online transaction, and loan application. Did it have to come to this? What are the consequences? Is this trajectory reversible? In the decade since the 2008 financial crisis, we have not seen the banks and financial firms held accountable for their actions and financial profits have reached new heights. The challenges we face now are as great as any we have encountered in the neoliberal era. This panel brings together writers, scholars and activists to discuss the implications of these unnerving trends.
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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.