New Polarizations and Old Contradictions

Socialist Register

The Crisis of Centrism

Edited by Greg Albo, Leo Panitch, Colin Leys


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2021

Language: English

312 pages

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The 58th annual volume of the Socialist Register takes up the challenge of exploring how the new polarizations relate to the contradictions that underlie them and how far 'centrist' politics can continue to contain them. Original essays examine the multiplication of antagonistic national, racial, generational, and other identities in the context of growing economic inequality, democratic decline, and the shifting parameters of great power rivalry. Where, how, and by what means can the left move forward?


SIMON MOHUN - A contemporary portrait of neoliberalism: The rise of the one percent

WALDEN BELLO - At the summit of global capitalism: The US and China

INGAR SOLTY - Market polarization means political polarization: Liberal democracy's eroding centre

BILL FLETCHER JR. - Trump and the danger of right-wing populism in the US

MARCUS GILROY-WARE - What is wrong with social media? An anti-capitalist critique

ADOLPH REED JR., TOURE F. REED - The evolution of ‘race’ and racial justice under neoliberalism

SAMIR SONTI - The crisis of US labour, past and present

SAM GINDIN - American workers and the left after Trump: Polarized options

JAYATI GHOSH - Pandemic polarizations and the contradictions of Indian capitalism

 VISHWAS SATGAR - Epidemiological neoliberalism in south Africa

ILYA MATVEEV, OLEG ZHURAVLEV - Loft offices and factory towns: Social sources of political polarization in Russia

ANA GARCIA, VIRGINIA FONTES, REIANE HOEVELER - The far right, corporate power, and social struggles in Brat

SAMIR GANDESHA - Identity crisis: The politics of false concreteness

DAVID HARVEY - The double consciousness of capital

JAMIES SCHNEIDER INTERVIEWED BY HILARY WAINWRIGHT - Finding a way forward: Lessons from the Corbyn project in the UK

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Colin Leys

Colin Leys (born 4 August 1931) is an emeritus professor of Political Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and co-editor of Socialist Register along with Leo Panitch.

Greg Albo

Greg Albo teaches political economy at the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto. He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is also on the editorial boards of Studies in Political Economy, Relay, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Canadian Dimension, The Bullet and Historical Materialism (England). Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.

Leo Panitch

Leo Victor Panitch, (born May 3, 1945, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University. Since 1985, he has served as co-editor of the Socialist Register, which describes itself as "an annual survey of movements and ideas from the standpoint of the independent new left". Panitch himself sees the Register as playing a major role in developing Marxism's conceptual framework for advancing a democratic, co-operative and egalitarian, socialist alternative to capitalist competition, exploitation and insecurity.