E14. In memoriam: Leo Panitch on Empire, Socialism and November

September 13, 2020 01:05:56
E14. In memoriam: Leo Panitch on Empire, Socialism and November
Socialism in the Time of Corona
E14. In memoriam: Leo Panitch on Empire, Socialism and November
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Show Notes

Leo Panitch died recently of covid complications. A few months ago we discussed two issues which Panitch studied and wrote about for decades. First, whether the pandemic has fundamentally altered the geopolitical balance between the U.S. and other great powers, specifically China. And second, how socialists in the U.S. should approach the November elections. Panitch connected the two issues with his usual depth and historical rigor, qualities not always evident in the left discourse on these questions. He will be deeply missed.

Leo Panitch was Professor Emeritus of Politics at York University in Toronto. He was co-editor of the Socialist Register and author of several books, most recently Searching for Socialism: The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn, co-authored with Colin Leys and published by Verso.

Bernie Sanders' speech at DNC 2020

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, "Trumping the Empire," Socialist Register 2019. 

Leo Panitch, "Class theory for our time," Catalyst 2020.

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