The Socialist Register 2006

Telling the Truth

Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch  

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How do people acquire knowledge and understanding of the world they are in?

Who has access to the resources and maps facilitating research and debate?

How is power mobilised to shape ideas and ideologies?

Socialist Register 2006 considers contemporary debate, policy-making, research, education, and scientific practice generally as it relates to the role of the state in intellectual life, the press and the media.

It investigates the management of scientific publications, the Internet, the influence of think-tanks, foundations, political parties and the World Bank. What standards of integrity exist? How important are new intellectual currents? (including post-modernism) and what are the effects and after-effects? It investigates the quality of thought, the extent of freedom for critical and heterodox thought and the formation of intellectuals.

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Contents

  • The Cynical State (Colin Leys)
  • The Myths of the ‘Law and Order’ Doxa (Loic Wacquant)
  • The Truth about Welfare ‘Reform’ (Barbara Ehrenreich & Frances Fox Piven)
  • The ‘Business Community’ and Business Truth (Doug Henwood)
  • The World Bank and the ‘Development Community’ (Manfred Bienefeld)
  • Correcting Stiglitz: From Information to Power in the World of Development (Ben Fine & Elisa van Waeyenberge)
  • Lies, Damned Lies and World Poverty Statistics (Sanjay Reddy)
  • Humanitarian Aid: The Sorry Truth (Agnes Callamard)
  • The Truth About Democracy in Eastern Europe (G.M. Tamás)
  • The Truth About Democracy in Latin America (Atilio Boron)
  • Bringing Democracy to Iraq: The Lies and the Media That Tell Them (David Miller)
  • Truth, Objectivity and Capital’s Media Monopoly (Robert McChesney)
  • Biotech Commerce: The Truth About Science Today (Michael Dorsey)
  • American Research Foundations and the Shaping of Ideas (Joan Roelofs)
  • Social Scientists Today: Critics or Courtiers? (Michael Burawoy)
  • Playing with the Truth: Theatre’s Small but Vital Coice (Michael Kustow)
  • Telling the Truth (Terry Eagleton)

Authors

  • Colin Leys

    Queen’s

    Before coming to Queen’s in 1975 Colin Leys taught at Balliol College, Oxford; Kivukoni College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and the Universities of Sussex, Nairobi, and Sheffield. His work has primarily been on the theory and politics of development, with particular reference to Africa and the UK. His publications include European Politics in Southern Rhodesia; Underdevelopment in Kenya;The Political Economy of Neocolonialism; Politics in Britain; Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword (with John S. Saul and others); The Rise and Fall of Development Theory; The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Leo Panitch); and Market Driven-Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest.

  • 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.