Watch the webinar with our first guest, Leo Panitch, interviewed by Kate Hudson.
As humanity faces the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented in recent times, the Left internationally must address this crisis with both short and long term action, analysis and planning. We are active day by day, driven by the needs of our communities - this is already reshaping the way we do politics. We are building solidarity networks and launching campaigns to protect and work alongside the people that are hardest hit by the crisis. At the same time, we must think strategically and present alternatives for the future. There can be no going back to the vicious circle of austerity and poverty: we cannot allow the global reimposition of a failed system on the people. The radical left will pose alternatives to reinvent socialist politics for the 21st century: to build a new society that empowers and liberates us all.
transform! europe, the European network of political foundations and think tanks of the radical left, presents a series of interviews with left-wing thinkers to discuss these crucial issues and plan for the future we want to build. They will take place via Zoom and are open to the public on registration. In the second half of the interview, the audience can pose questions to the invited speaker!
Leo Panitch is Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto and co-editor of the Socialist Register whose annual volumes he has edited for past 35 years. His latest books are Searching for Socialism; The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn with Colin Leys (Verso); and the expanded and updated American edition of The Socialist Challenge Today: Syriza, Sanders, Corbyn with Sam Gindin and Steve Maher (Haymarket). His book The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, also with Sam Gindin, was awarded the Deutscher book prize in the UK and the Davidson book prize in Canada.
Kate Hudson is general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK. A historian by profession, she was Head of Social and Policy Studies at London South Bank University from 2000 to 2010, and is the author of a number of books, including two on the development of the radical left in Europe. She is managing editor of Transform UK and is a national officer of Left Unity, a member party of the European Left.