socialism

Dr. Michael Welton: “The global ruling class will not permit a new just world order to appear”

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Dr. Michael Welton. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What do you think of the intention of Western governments to use tracking in the Covid-19 crisis? Are governments not using the pretext of this epidemic to control their populations? Isn’t this method fascism?

Dr. Michael Welton: The world has seen many plagues and pestilences in its past and recent history. But nothing like this—a global lock-down that has forced billions of people to self-isolate in order to stop the Monster from consuming us before our evening meal. Arundhati Roy has asked this provocative question: “What is this thing that has happened to us?” And, most significantly, this “thing” is happening to us at a crisis point in the Neo-liberal globalized economic disorder. Covid-19 has lit up the sky like an electric lightning storm, exposing its’ shameful weaknesses and trouble-spots. Ruling classes of the world, once exposed, know their days may be numbered. They are going to fight bitterly to hold on to power and wealth and oppress and trick the citizenry to do so. Lire la suite »

Liz Rowley: “The progressive and peace-loving peoples of the world need to unite to defeat capitalism and imperialism”

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Liz Rowley,  leader of the Communist Party of Canada. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you analyze the results of the recent federal elections in Canada? Did the Communist Party of Canada achieve good results?

Liz Rowley: The election results – a minority Liberal government – are a reflection of a number of different things.  First, widespread fear of a Conservative government and its policies of austerity, social conservatism, and its refusal to acknowledge climate change.

In the context of a first-past-the-post electoral system the electorate is usually forced to vote against what they don’t want, as opposed to the policies and parties they do want.  In the 2015 election, the Liberals promised electoral reform – proportional representation – and that helped to get them elected.  However, this is one of many promises the Liberals abandoned after they were elected. Lire la suite »

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

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Prof. Mike Davis. DR.

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 »

Dr. Garry Potter: « Revolution is our only hope of salvation »

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Dr. Garry Potter. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote « After Postmodernism: An introduction to Critical Realism », and « The Bet, the: Truth in Science, Literature and Everyday Knowledges ». These two books lead to your concept of critical realism. Can you explain this concept to our readers?

Dr. Garry Potter: Critical realism emerged through the work of Roy Bhaskar around about the time of the emergence of postmodernism.  Postmodernism, perhaps more than any other theoretical framework, encapsulated some of the incoherence of one of the long-standing poles of thought concerning social science: social constructivism. The other pole was/is, of course, positivism. Lire la suite »

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

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Prof. Harry Targ. D.R.

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 »

Norman Pollack: « If one had to choose between Clinton and Trump, Americans would be best advised to move to Canada ».

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Prof. Norman Pollack. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Is the capitalist system compatible with life?

Norman Pollack: I think not, not as a reflex-action, but because the commodity structure, which is the salience of capitalism, is the source of alienation. Human beings are reduced to commodities, valued—if at all—for their exchange value. The characteristic impulse or query under capitalism is, what’s in it for me? There is no intrinsic respect for others; in fact others become no more than means to the satisfaction of one’s own ends. The classic statement of this analysis is Marx’s Economic-Philosophical Manuscript of 1844, and an excellent statement built on that is Fritz Pappenheim, The Alienation of Modern Man. Lire la suite »