Monday, 6 April 2009
Capitalism or Socialism? - A forum with Michael A. Lebowitz
2pm Wednesday April 8 @ the Holme Common Room, Upstairs in the Holme Building. This meeting will be presented by Resistance (phone Simon 0421 231 011 for more info).
As the world economy spirals down into its deepest crisis since the great depression, the ideas of Karl Marx have never been so relevant. Michael A. Lebowitz is one of the world's most renowned Marxist economists. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser University, Canada, where he taught Marxian economics and Comparative Economic Systems.
Lebowitz has intimate knowledge of Venezuela's revolution: he is on the board of directors of the socialist government's think tank, Centro Internacional Miranda, in Caracas, where he directs a program on "Transformative Practice and Human Development". His writings have been widely published and distributed by the Venezuelan government.
A central theme of Lebowitz's work has been on Marx, methodology and crisis theory. He has also written extensively on the theory of a socialist economy, a topic attracting increasingly wide interest in the context of capitalism's current global crisis. He is the author of Beyond Capital: Marx's Political Economy of the Working Class (2003), which won the 2004 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize for the best and most innovative writing in the Marxist tradition. His other works include Build it Now: Socialism for the 21st Century (2006), El Socialismo no Cae del Cielo and El Camino al Desarrollo Humano, both widely distributed in Venezuela. His Following Marx: Method, Critique and Crisis will be published by Brill Academic Press in 2009.
Michael Lebowitz will also be speaking at the World at a Crossroads conference. Sessions include "Capitalism's Crises and the Solutions" Friday April 10, 9.30am and "The Spectre of 21st Century Socialism" Saturday, April 11, 9.30am. For more information go to www.WorldAtACrossroads.org