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Empire, socialism and November with Leo Panitch


Leo Panitch (1945-2020), Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto. Photo courtesy of Socialist Register.

Sanjiv Gupta interviewed Leo Panitch in early September 2020. They discussed two issues which Panitch has studied and written about for decades. First, whether the pandemic has fundamentally altered the geopolitical balance between the United States and other great powers, specifically China. And second, how socialists in the US should approach the November elections. For Panitch, the two issues are intimately connected.

Leo Panitch (1945 – 2020) was Professor Emeritus of Politics at York University in Toronto. He was co-editor of the Socialist Register and author of several books, most recently Searching for Socialism: The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn, co-authored with Colin Leys and published by Verso.

Sanjiv Gupta is the host of Socialism in the Time of Corona.

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