Ditch the monarchy
Ignore the propaganda of the mainstream media and their insistence Lizzy not be critically evaluated or assessed: there is no better time than right now to scrutinize the monarchy, critically evaluate their legacy, and propose we collectively move on from the anachronism that prevents us from fully realizing our democratic sovereignty.
Degrowth is the only path to a sustainable future
It is incumbent upon us as a species, especially us in the Global North, to seriously consider alternative futures from an anti-capitalist, dialectical, ecological point-of-view, writes CD columnist Owen Schalk. This will unavoidably entail challenging the ideology of growth that pervades the political institutions of Northern countries.
The NDP must withdraw from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group
In recent months, prominent human rights authorities and advocates have all concluded that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid. It is therefore incoherent for the NDP to echo these findings and simultaneously participate in a group promoting “co-operation” with Israel. It’s time for the party to formally disassociate from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.
Let’s stop pretending America is a functioning democracy
There is a fatal disconnect between a political system that promises democratic equality and freedom while carrying out socioeconomic injustices that result in grotesque income inequality and political stagnation. Corporations and the billionaire class have won. There are no institutions that can be defined as democratic. Only the fiction of democracy remains.
A perfect storm of the apocalypse
The crises of the environment care nothing for human squabbles and timetables and are proceeding apace on their own schedule. Nature’s clock keeps ticking. Indeed, the human enterprise is looking like a great Shakespearean tragedy in which an intense internal struggle distracts from a far greater external crisis that threatens all sides. To use an idiom from the 1990s, it will be the mother of all crises.
Despite protests, Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso embraces Canadian mining at the expense of Indigenous peoples
The 2022 national protests in Ecuador were a powerful statement in opposition to the socioeconomic status quo that is favoured by Ecuador’s conservative elite and the Canadian state. While the protestors achieved some important gains, Lasso’s continued embrace of foreign mining investment at the expense of Indigenous peoples may be doomed to incite another uprising.
On yelling at Chrystia Freeland
McDavid is our ‘Trucker Convoy Trumpian nightmare,’ a symbol of a group many would seek to criminalize, even if that meant suspending certain civil rights to ensure we won’t be bothered by them. Yet here lies the real danger. The elite should never be allowed to dictate what can and can’t be said to them, or who can or can’t protest their actions.
We must get rid of the CAQ government. Québec Solidaire is the only alternative
In advance of the October 3 provincial election in Québec, CD editorial board member André Frappier provides a critical review of the CAQ government’s policies over the past four years, and sounds a call to mobilize and support Québec Solidaire as the only political alternative equipped to improve society and protect the rights of the vulnerable and the environment.
Canada’s home energy retrofit funding woefully inadequate
Retrofitting existing buildings is one of the only tools for mitigating climate change that virtually everyone can agree on. There are large numbers of poorly insulated buildings using fossil fuels for water and space heating. Abandoning those buildings would be a colossal waste, so to move towards a zero emissions future, they need to be retrofitted. Canada is no exception.
Mikhail Gorbachev’s misunderstood legacy
Mikhail Gorbachev meant well. An idealist, he believed in communism’s humanist potential. Realizing that communism’s practice fell short of its promise, he sought to do something about it. In the process, he unleashed hidden forces that destroyed the system he hoped to revive. For better or for worse, we are still living with the consequences today.
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