The Socialist Register 1997

Ruthless Criticism of All that Exists

Edited by Leo Panitch  

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“Constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just a little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.” -Marx, 1843

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  • Preface
  • A World Market of Opportunities? Capitalist Obstacles and Left Economic Policy (Gregory Albo)
  • Financial Crises on the Threshold of the Twenty-first Century (Elmar Altvater)
  • Green Imperialism: Pollution, Penitence, Profits (Larry Pratt & Wendy Montgomery)
  • China’s Communist Capitalism: The Real World of Market Socialism (Gerard Greenfield & Apo Leong)
  • Taking Stock of a Century of Socialism (George Ross)
  • The Marginality of the American Left: The Legacy of the 1960 (Barbara Epstein)
  • Clinton’s Liberalism: No Model for the Left (Doug Henwood)
  • The Ideology of ‘Family and Community’: New Labor Abandons the Welfare State (Joan Smith)
  • The Decline of Spanish Social Democracy 1982-1996 (Vicente Navarro)
  • Cardoso’s Political Project in Brazil: The Limits of Social Democracy (Paul Cammack)
  • The State as Charade: Political Mobilisation in Today’s India (Ananya Mukherjee-Reed)
  • Marxism, Film and Theory: From the Barricades to Postmodernism (Scott Forsyth)
  • Cyborg Fictions: The Cultural Logic of Posthumanism (Scott McCracken)
  • Restoring the Real: Rethinking Social Constructivist Theories of Science (Meera Nanda)
  • Post Colonial Theory and the ‘Post-’ Condition (Aijaz Ahmed)


  • Leo Panitch

    York University

    Leo Panitch is 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 has been 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 is 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 is currently a supporter of the Socialist Project.

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