Theoretical research summaries

Neoliberalism After Apartheid: From South Africa to Palestine/Israel

25 years after the end of apartheid, the lives of working-class black people remain extremely precarious in South Africa. What went wrong? And how can Palestinians avoid these pitfalls as they envision a post-apartheid future?

By |2019-01-30T18:08:45-04:00Jan 30, 2019|

Why no socialism in Sweden?

The Wage-Earner Funds in Sweden is one of the few serious attempts in an advanced capitalist society to socialize the means of production. While it is commonly believed that the plan failed due to intransigent and well-coordinated capitalist opposition, its failure was primarily due to the high degree of centralization of the labor unions pushing it.

By |2019-01-23T11:28:35-04:00Jan 23, 2019|

Understanding how workplace occupations win

Workplace occupations – sometimes also known as workplace sits-ins – often take on an iconic status within the annals of the international labour movement. Many on the left simply conclude that direct action works. But this shows a deficiency in understanding the interaction of processes and outcomes at work and the specificity of the conditions under which they operate. The successful occupation and work-in at Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) in Scotland in 2017 can be used as a lens by which to reconsider the contemporary utility of the tactic and the frequency of its usage. With BiFab, there was manifest group cohesion, generation of a usable bargaining asset, ability to create political pressure, buoyant product demand, and the strategic importance of energy infrastructure.

By |2019-01-19T18:47:38-04:00Jan 15, 2019|

Was the gravedigger thesis central to Marx’s theory of the working class?

The thesis that capitalism would necessarily produce a class-conscious, revolutionary working class is almost completely absent from Marx’s mature scientific writings. Instead, he emphasized the obstacles to the formation of a united, class-conscious proletariat, including class fragmentation, the ideological mystification of class relations, and material dependence on a wage.

By |2018-10-12T08:55:15-04:00Oct 12, 2018|