Los Altos Institute

We are a leftist think tank focused on analyzing deep structural issues in late capitalist consumer society from the vantage point of British Columbia, situated on the fault line between the US and Chinese imperial spheres.

It is the goal of Los Altos to intervene in public discourse in ways that alter its long-term trajectory away from modes of thought that reinforce the capitalist order. In conducting this project, Los Altos seeks to facilitate lay, non-academic participation is substantive intellectual debates.

Our main activities on this front are to run three reading groups/book clubs in Metro Vancouver, examining left- and right-populism and speculative fiction approaches to forging post-capitalist societies. Full descriptions of the groups are available here.

Also, check out our scholarly publications. These include an analysis of left municipal organizing we presented at the BC Studies conference  in 2015, “The New Left, ratepayer conservatism and the collapse of the Coalition of Progressive Electors.” We also published two top-flight articles on public education by University of Lethbridge professor Robert Runte and LAI fellow Philip Freeman in 2014. All of our publications can be found here.

We will be back at BC Studies this year with papers generated by our 2016 urban studies book groups.

For a more comprehensive look at our recent work and planned activities, check out our annual report.

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