As capital becomes increasingly globalized, would it not be useful for us to have new stable and progressive global organizations to challenge and eventually replace it by something else? If so, what kind of organization, and who can initiate them? For example, how can we spur the creation of trade-union or para-trade-union organizations involving people working directly or indirectly for the same transnational company such as Monsanto-Bayer, Total, Apple or Rio-Tinto? As another example, would it be feasible and relevant to create an international digital newspaper that disseminates information about what is happening on the ground, covering both the actions of capital and of the resistance? Should we attempt to short-circuit institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF, progressively laying the foundations for alternatives that will ensure a global cohesion of the new forms of economy we are promoting? Another example is whether or not it is appropriate to consider, in the short or mid-term, the creation of some kind of global political coordination of the left-wing movements that can initiate a coherent strategy of actions, taken all around the world, when situations occur such as a new Greek debt crisis emerging elsewhere on the planet, or when Israel bombs Gaza once again, or when a major strike at a Chinese factory breaks out.
The starting point of this round table is therefore to bring together individuals who share the need for the left to act multilaterally in a much more concerted way than it is currently the case, particularly but not only regarding industrial workplaces.
- Maïka Sondarjee is an assistant professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies (University of Ottawa). Her first book, Perdre le Sud, Décoloniser la solidarité internationale , was published by Éditions Écosociété in 2020. She is on the Administration Board of the civil society organization Alternatives and on the Task Force for Anti-Racism Accountability for the Canadian international cooperation sector.
- William I. Robinson has been an activist in Latin America and is still active in these networks, but is also, since the last 16 years or so, a researcher and writer known for his work on the formation of a new transnational capitalist class. He is also a professor of sociology at Santa Barbara University in California. See the following website for details : http://robinson.faculty.soc.ucsb.edu/
- Katherine Nastovski is an Assistant Professor (CLA) in Work and Labour Studies in the Department of Social Science at York University. Her research in the field of Global Labour Studies is rooted in her years as a union activist and international labour solidarity organizer. Katherine is completing a book manuscript entitled Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere (under contract with the University of Toronto Press).
- Torkil Lauesen is a longtime anti-imperialist activist and writer living in Denmark. In the 1990s, while incarcerated for political activism, he received a master degree in political science. He is currently a member of International Forum, an anti-imperialist organization based in Denmark. His books are published in English translation by a house based in Montreal, Kersplebedeb. One of them was published in 2018 under the title: Global perspective, Reflexions on imperialism and resistance.
- Robert E. Latham will be the animator of the workshop. He is professor in the department of politics at York University, Toronto. His work is currently focused on rethinking radical political strategies. His recent publications include the volume Challenging the Right, Augmenting the Left: Recasting Leftist Imagination (co-edited). He is the co-organizer of the collective group Marxist Studies in Global and Asian Perspectives at York University (https://marxiststudies.blog.yorku.ca/)