Category Archives: Theory

Nationalize and Democratize Scientific Publishing

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by Daniel T.

  1. All science is social. It begins with a research hypothesis that emerges from previous observations described in publications or learned through correspondence. The research program is funded by either for-profit corporations or government/non-profit agencies. Industry funding for research and development outpaces governmental funding, but most industry research is unpublished — these are company secrets. For academic research (i.e. government-funded) and some industry research, scientific publishing is the ultimate means of disseminating your findings. Like any means of publishing, a manuscript is prepared by the researchers. Based on the research area and the perceived importance of the work, scientists submit their work to a particular journal. The manuscript is assigned to an editor who decides if the manuscript is a fit for the journal. If not, the manuscript is rejected, and the authors decide on a new journal. If yes, the manuscript is sent to a number of experts in the particular research field for peer-review. Based on their feedback, the editor can accept the manuscript for publication or request that the manuscript be modified before a second round of peer-review. The final type-set manuscript is either made freely available if published in an open-access journal or otherwise hidden behind a paywall.

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WEBCAST: The Theft of Intellectual Property by Corporations

Thursday, July 23   7 p.m. EST  The Theft of Intellectual Property by Corporations, with host Elizabeth Byce, presenter Daniel Tarade, and discussants Emily Steers, Fraser Ferens, Basel Fawal, and others.

 

Watch here:

https://youtu.be/1WVT1Hz81IU

 

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Towards a Transitional Programme for the Working Class in COVID-19 Times

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By Barry Weisleder

World War 1 spawned the Russian Revolution, the Winnipeg General Strike, and spurred union recognition.  Following World War 2, out of the debris of fascism and holocaust, the industrial unions, the labour-based NDP, and the welfare state emerged.  What will be the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic?  Qualitatively enhanced class consciousness and greater social responsibility, or regression to capitalist austerity?

Sombre facts define the dawn of a new era.  The current plague, the fourth in less than two decades (SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, MERS in 2011, Ebola in 2014-16), won’t be the last.  It plunged the world into a Great Depression.  Stock markets tanked. Unemployment skyrocketed.  As of April 18, six million Canadians applied for emergency federal aid.  It’s unprecedented.

The reflex of the vast majority of people is to seek remedial action from….who?  Giant corporations?  Big banks?  The Business Council of Canada?  No.  They expect the government to act, to cushion the blow, to spend massively so that lives may be saved.

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WEBCAST: The History and Praxis of Socialist Action and the Left in Canada

Thursday, July 9   7 p.m. EST    The History and Praxis of Socialist Action and the Left in Canada, with host Elizabeth Byce, featuring Barry Weisleder, chair of the NDP Socialist Caucus and federal secretary of SA Canada, and discussants Yvonne Hanson in Vancouver and Robbie Mahood in Montreal.

Watch video here:

https://youtu.be/4KgaIHFzx58

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WEBCAST: SOCIALISM 2020

WEBCAST – Socialism 2020, an international education conference online Saturday, June 6, with sessions at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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4 p.m. Capitalism is the Virus – pandemic, climate change, economic ruin and authoritarianism,

France – Aurelien Gavois, a leading member of Anticapitaliste et Revolution, Nouveau Parti Anti-capitaliste in France.

Italy – Michela Guardigli, member, National Women’s Commission, Communist Workers’ Party (PCL), Italy.

USA – Lisa Luinenberg, Political Committee, SA-USA.

Canada – Daniel Tarade, SA-Canada member and science doctoral student at University of Toronto.

6:30 p.m. System in Crisis – A Working Class Vision for the Future,

Emily Steers, Socialist Action Canada activist, and Public Service Alliance, Local 902 member.

Jeff Mackler, SA-USA candidate for President.

Yves Engler, author, activist and leading critic of Canada’s foreign policy.

John Clarke, founding member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

 

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