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The Socialist Register 2022

New Polarizations, Old Contradictions: The Crisis of Centrism

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The 58th annual volume of the Socialist Register takes up the challenge of exploring how the new polarizations relate to the contradictions that underlie them and how far ‘centrist’ politics can continue to contain them. Original essays examine the multiplication of antagonistic national, racial, generational, and other identities in the context of growing economic inequality, democratic decline, and the shifting parameters of great power rivalry.

Where, how, and by what means can the left move forward?

Contributors

Greg Albo

Greg Albo teaches political economy at the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto. He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is also on the editorial boards of Studies in Political Economy, Relay, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Canadian Dimension, The Bullet and Historical Materialism (England). Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.

Leo Panitch

Leo Panitch was 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 was 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 was 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 was an ardent supporter of the Socialist Project.

Colin Leys

Before coming to Queen’s in 1975 Colin Leys taught at Balliol College, Oxford; Kivukoni College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and the Universities of Sussex, Nairobi, and Sheffield. His work has primarily been on the theory and politics of development, with particular reference to Africa and the UK. His publications include European Politics in Southern Rhodesia; Underdevelopment in Kenya;The Political Economy of Neocolonialism; Politics in Britain; Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword (with John S. Saul and others); The Rise and Fall of Development Theory; The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Leo Panitch); and Market Driven-Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest.
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The Preface is dedicated to Leo Panitch, a founder of the Socialist Register who worked as an editor until his death in December of 2020. The preface reflects on Pantich’s contributions to … ; 10 $1.00

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Simon Mohun examines the massive growth of inequalities in income and wealth, which is perhaps the most commonly agreed-upon cause of polarization across the world today. Mohun argues that most … 20 $2.00

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Walden Bello examines the growing rivalry between the US and China from the perspective of Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Bello provides a judicious assessment of the growing polarizations … 32 $3.20

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Ingar Solty examines the social polarizations resulting from the market processes set in motion by neoliberalism, which bring with them a political polarization in the form of fissures in the … 19 $1.90

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Bill Fletcher presents a careful appraisal of the forces marshalled on the right over the course of the Trump presidency, leading to the insurrection of January 2021. For the American left, this … 20 $2.00

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Marcus Gilroy-Ware provides an authoritative and skeptical assessment of ‘what is wrong with social media’ and places the social pathologies they amplify within the capitalist … 20 $2.00

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Adolph Reed and Touré F. Reed locate the foundations of the far-right today in the United States in the marginalization of progressive politics, examining the link between economic justice … ; 22 $2.20

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Samir Sonti explores the long decline of organized labour since its heyday in the mid-twentieth century. Sonti explores the challenge of rebuilding the American union movement in the post-Trump … 24 $2.40

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Sam Gindin examines the state of the American Left after the Trump Administration. For Gindin, the US left faces ‘polarized options’; the challenge it faces is ‘to conceive of … 19 $1.90

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Jayati Ghosh provides a penetrating analysis of ‘pandemic polarizations’ amidst the contradictions of Indian capitalism. By focusing on India, Ghosh focuses on how the Covid-19 … 21 $2.10

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Vishwas Satgar provides an analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. Satgar argues that as a corrupt and failing state, South Africa was unable, or unwilling, to adequately cushion the … 19 $1.90

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Ilya Matveev and Oleg Zhuravlev focus on how the post-Soviet economic and social polarizations were taken advantage of by the political leadership in the country. Matveev and Zhuravlev argue that … ; 20 $2.00

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Ana Garcia, Virginia Fontes, and Rejane Hoeveler carefully unpack the ‘fictitious polarizations’ involved in the electoral opposition between the right and the ‘centre’ … ; ; 21 $2.10

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Samir Gandesha examines what he identifies as ‘a fragmentation of the universalism that had historically underwritten the struggle for socialism’, leading to a what he terms a … 18 $1.80

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David Harvey provided an analysis of Karl Marx’s “Grundrisse” through using W.E.B. Du Bois’ concept of ‘double consciousness’, to locate a tension in the … 18 $1.80

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The final chapter is an interview with James Schneider conducted by Hilary Wainwright. Wainwright engages in a remarkable discussion with Schneider on the lessons he learned from his time as … ; 28 $2.80