A new volume of the Socialist Register co-edited by two York University faculty members shines a light on how to imagine, and plan for, new democratic socialist ways of living after the pandemic.
The volume titled Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living is being published simultaneously in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., and will be translated into Turkish.
The Socialist Register was founded in 1964 as ‘an annual survey of movements and ideas’ from the standpoint of the independent new left. It is currently edited by York University Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch and Associate Professor Greg Albo, both in the Department of Politics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Each volume is focused on a topical theme and characterized by the inclusion of relatively long, sustained analyses which cut across intellectual disciplines and geographical boundaries. It is published annually in October.
This volume investigates how, as digital technology became integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades of the 21st century, it not only refashioned our ways of communicating but of working and consuming, indeed ways of living. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed not only the lack of investment, planning and preparation that underlay the scandalous slowness of the responses by states around the world, but also grotesque class and racial inequalities as it coursed its way through the population and the owners of high-tech corporations were enriched by tens of billions of dollars.
Rejecting both technological determinism and facile ‘cyber-utopian’ thinking, this 57th annual volume of the Socialist Register addresses how to imagine, struggle for, and plan for, new democratic socialist ways of living after the pandemic.