The Socialist Register 1993

Real Problems, False Solutions

Edited by Ralph Miliband and Leo Panitch  

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With the recent collapse of so much that formed socialist expectations in the twentieth century, and yet at the same time with a global capitalist order which is full of severe, massive and urgent problems, we live in a period of great political confusion. In such a period it is inevitable that nostrums are advanced both on the Right and on the Left which are incapable of tackling seriously the problems they are supposed to resolve. We conceived this volume as addressing a broad range of ‘dead-end’ or ‘morbid symptom’ responses to various aspects of the current global disorder, offering analyses of why they arise as well as a critique and corrective to them. We deliberately cast our net widely: the essays in this volume highlight important aspects of our theme in relation to environmentalism, feminism, social democracy and revolutionary socialism; and they also address real problems and false solutions as they pertain to postmodernism, nationalism, constitutionalism and immigration.

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Authors

  • Leo Panitch

    York University

    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.

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