Is Marx Back? An Interview with Leo Panitch
Friday, February 19th, 2009.Â Â 7pm
Hart House, South Dining Room
7 Hart House Crescent,
University of Toronto
The economic crisis, as many commentators and critics are quick to point out, has rekindled interest inâ€”and anxieties overâ€”Marxism. Although many on the Left hope this renewed curiosity marks the beginning of a radical turn, similar revivals of anti-capitalist politics in the 1930s, 1960s, and 1990s failed to achieve the revolutionary transformations they sought.
Has Marxism returned as a significant political force? How might this translate into the possibility for a revitalized Left? Will the resurgence of Marxist theory provide opportunities for social changeâ€”or merely the opportunity to fail again?
Dr. Leo Panitch is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto, and coeditor of the annual Socialist Register.