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Prof. Mike Davis: “There was once a generation of lions”

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You call yourself an « old school socialist ». Can you tell us why?

Prof. Mike Davis: Hm, ‘old school Socialist.’  I suppose I’m making three claims.  First, socialism – the belief that the earth belongs to labor – is my moral being.  In fact it is my religion, the values that anchor the commitments that define my life.  Second, ‘old school’ implies putting in work year after year for the good cause.  In academia one runs across people who call themselves Marxists and go to lots of conferences but hardly ever march on a picketline, go to a union meeting, throw a brick or simply help wash the dishes after a benefit.  What’s even worse they deign to teach us the ‘real Marx’but lack the old Moor’s fundamental respect for individual working people and his readiness to become a poor outlaw on their behalf.  Lire la suite »

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Dr. Edward Martin: The 1 % of the world’s wealthiest elites want a “new underclass”

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book Savage State: Welfare Capitalism & Inequality” is an original vision of the impact of the welfare state in contemporary capitalist society. In your opinion, can the structural crisis of the capitalist system be overcome?

Dr. Edward Martin: The structural crisis of capitalism will never be overcome precisely because capitalism is built upon the absurd promise of satisfying unlimited amidst scarcity and the maximization of profits at the expense of labor. This begs the question:  who then will buy capitalist products if there is little or no purchasing power? This is what Marx meant when he argued that capitalists “become their own grave diggers.” The system implodes on itself if consumers don’t spend all of which presupposes living wage jobs. The tragedy of this system is the perpetual class struggle. The good news, on the other hand, is that public policies prioritizing justice and human rights can avoid class struggle and “inevitable revolutions.”    Lire la suite »

Dr. Kim Scipes: “Capitalism is literally killing life on the planet”

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization is a manifesto for the unification of the labor union movement around the world. In your opinion, is this idea a requirement in the resistance to the ultra liberal offensive? Is the idea of a global labor union front feasible?

Dr. Kim Scipes: I think we have to be careful about the idea of a global labor organization.  I certainly think that labor should be talking to each other, respectfully, and perhaps more importantly, listening to each other.  I think a global union front—down the road—might be a good thing, but it would have to be constructed, not just asserted on the existence of unions today.  If we say a global labor front is a desirable goal down the road, what are the values on which it is built?  Certainly, non-oppression of other labor movements is a necessity.  But there’s also got to be a sharing of resources, as well—especially between the larger unions (mainly in the Global North) with those in the Global South. Lire la suite »

Prof. Harry Targ: « The neoliberals and the neocons are working together to undermine the new Trump administration »

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book « International Relations in a World of Imperialism and Class Struggle » is for me relevant and especially visionary.In your opinion, what are the most effective tools to fight against the ultra-liberalism and imperialism?

Prof. Harry Targ: That book was written to challenge the dominant discourse among those of us who study international relations. Reigning paradigms—realism, liberalism, and behavioral science—did not address imperialism, dominance, and dependency. The book was written in the early 1980s and reflected my growing engagement with theories of imperialism, particularly Lenin, and dependency, primarily scholar/activists from the Global South such as Walter Rodney, Samir Amin, Andre Gunter Frank, Fernando Cardoso and others. I wanted researchers and teachers of international relations in North America to incorporate these theories into how we looked at the world. Most importantly, I wanted our students to be confronted with ideas about imperialism and dependency, particularly the predominant imperial power of the United States. Lire la suite »

Michael Yates: “Clinton is an active war criminal and has done a great deal of damage in the world”

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Michael Yates. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Is there really a difference between the candidate Hillary Clinton and the candidate Bernie Sanders?

Michael Yates: They have much in common: career politicians, much similarity in foreign policy outlook (including support for the criminal Israeli state), tied to the Democratic Party, unable or unwilling to critique capitalism itself. However, there are real differences. Clinton is an active war criminal and has done a great deal of damage in the world, from being in league with her husband to end the system of aid to poor people and to greatly expand the prison population to wreaking havoc upon nations around the world. She is utterly beholden to the rich finance capitalists and their institutions and will continue to do their bidding if elected. Lire la suite »