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Leo Panitch

Leo Victor Panitch 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 and insecurity. Since his appointment as a Canada Research Chair in 2002, Panitch has focused his academic research and writing on the spread of global capitalism, he argues that this process of globalization is being led by the American state through agencies such as the U. S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Panitch sees globalization as a form of imperialism, but argues that the American Empire is an "informal" one in which the U. S. sets rules for trade and investment in partnership with other sovereign, but less powerful capitalist states.

His latest book The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, written with his close friend and university colleague Sam Gindin, traces the development of American-led globalization over more than a century. In 2013, the book was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize in the United Kingdom for best and most creative work in or about the Marxist tradition and in 2014 it won the Rik Davidson/SPE Book Prize for the best book in political economy by a Canadian. Panitch is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and nine books including Working-Class Politics in Crisis: Essays on Labour and the State, The End of Parliamentary Socialism: from New Left to New Labour and Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy and Imagination in which he argues that capitalism is inherently unjust and undemocratic. Leo Victor Panitch was born in Winnipeg, Canada, he grew up in Winnipeg's North End, a working-class neighbourhood that, as he noted decades produced "many people of a radical left political disposition."

His Jewish father, Max Panitch, was born in the southern Ukraine town of Uscihtsa, but remained behind in Bucharest, Romania with a fervently religious uncle when his family emigrated to Winnipeg in 1912. He was reunited with them in 1922 and by that time was well on his way to becoming a socialist and a supporter of Labor Zionism; as a sewer and cutter of fur coats, he was active in the Winnipeg labour movement and the Manitoba CCF and its successor, the New Democratic Party of Manitoba. Panitch's mother, was an orphan from Rivne in the central Ukraine who had come to Winnipeg in 1921 at the age of 13 accompanied only by her older sister, Rose. Max and Sarah married in 1930. Panitch's older brother Hersh was born in 1934. Panitch attended a secular Jewish school named after the radical Polish-Yiddish writer I. L. Peretz. During a conference on Jewish radicalism in Winnipeg held in 2001, Panitch said the school grew out of the socialist fraternal mutual aid societies that Jewish immigrants had established.

These included the Arbeiter Ring known as the Workmen's Circle. Panitch told the conference that its first declaration of principles, adopted in 1901, began with the words: "The spirit of the Workmen’s Circle is freedom of thought and endeavour towards solidarity of the workers, faithfulness to the interests of its class in the struggle against oppression and exploitation." He added: "As such institutions multiplied and spread through the Jewish community, for a great many people and for a considerable number of decades to come, to be Jewish in a city like Winnipeg, came to mean to be radical." Panitch received a B. A. in economics and political science in 1967 from the University of Manitoba. During his undergraduate years, he realized how much the writings of Karl Marx and the evolution of historical materialism helped him understand capitalism and its relation to the state. One of his teachers, Cy Gonick, introduced him to ideas about industrial democracy in which workers would control and manage their own workplaces.

The 1960s generation of the New Left, Panitch writes, was impelled towards socialism by "our experience with and observation of the inequalities, irrationalities and hierarchies of our own capitalist societies."At age 22, Panitch left Winnipeg and moved to London, England where he earned his M. Sc. in 1968 at the London School of Economics and his PhD from LSE in 1974. His doctoral thesis was entitled "The Labour Party and the Trade Unions." It was published as Industrial Militancy in 1976 by Cambridge University Press. Panitch taught at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984, has been a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984, serving as the Chair of the Department of Political Science from 1988-1994. In 2002, he was appointed Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York; the appointment was renewed in 2009. His research involves examining the role of the American state and multinational corporations in the evolution of global capitalism. After his text in Canadian political science, The Canadian State: Political Economy and Political Power, was published in 1977 by the University of Toronto Press, Panitch became the General Co-editor of its State and Economic Life book series in 1979 serving in that role until 1995.

In 1979, he was co-founder of the Canadian academic journal, Studies in Political Economy. He was politically active in the two main organizational successors to The Waffle after it was expelled from the NDP in the early 1970s, the Movement for an

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