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- Publication Date: Oct 2016
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- Pages: 340
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Socialist Register 2017
Edited by Greg Albo, Leo Panitch
What is the meaning of revolution in the twenty-first century?
One hundred years ago ‘October 1917’ was a unique event inspiring socialists and oppressed peoples and it became an inevitable point of reference for 20th century politics. Today the left needs both to come to terms with this legacy and to transcend it, through a critical reappraisal of its broad effects – positive and negative – on political, intellectual and cultural life, considering also new revolutions after 1917. The main point of the volume is to look forward. Nowadays, when major reform seems as unlikely as revolution, it is necessary to rethink the relationship between capitalist crises and both revolution and reform. Change needs to be understood in relation to the distinct trajectories of radical politics in different regions.
Contributors will consider and explore many issues:
• Alternatives to neoliberal capitalism: socialist strategies, or detours?
• The immense ecological challenge for revolutionary politics.
• What is the salience today of the concept of the revolutionary party?
• Questioning agency – of the working class and other oppressed groups.
• Revolutionary vision, including its artistic expression, in the 21st century.
• Assessing left governments, from Venezuela to Greece.
• Analyzing revolutionary prospects, from Québec to South Africa.
• The significance of Sanders and Corbyn for radicalizing movements and parties.
• The legacy – positive and negative – of the Russian and Chinese revolutions.
The distinctive heritage of 1917: revolution’s longue durée–Bryan D. Palmer & Joan Sangster
Class, party and state transformation–Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin
The actuality of revolution–Jodi Dean
Radicalizing party-movement relationships :Ralph Miliband to Jeremy Corbyn–Hilary Wainwright
The heritage of Eurocommunism in the contemporary radical left–Fabien Escalona
Revolution in a warming world: lessons from the Russian to the Syrian revolutions–Andreas Malm
Beyond eco-catastrophism: the conditions for solar communism–David Schwartzman
South Africa’s next revolt: Eco-socialist opportunities–Patrick Bond
Turning the tide: revolutionary potential and Bolivia’s ‘process of change’- Robert Cavooris
Something left in Latin America: Venezuela and twenty-first century socialism–Steve Striffler
In search of the ‘modern prince’: the new Québec rebellion Pierre Beaudet
Marx and Engels on the revolutionary party–August H. Nimtz
1917 and the ‘workers’ state’: looking back–A W Zurbrugg
The ‘people’s war’ and the legacy of the Chinese revolution –Wang Hui
Revolution as ‘National Liberation’: the origins of neoliberal antiracism–Adolph Reed, Jr.
Picturing the whole: form, reform, revolution–Walter Benn Michaels
Addressing the impossible–Slavoj Zizek
On revolutionary optimism of the intellect–Leo Panitch
About the Authors
Greg Albo is a professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto.
Leo Panitch is a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He has been a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He is also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He is currently a supporter of the Socialist Project.