Manitoba NDP’s ‘tough on crime’ pledges will not keep people safe
Greater numbers of police will not improve public safety and will further destabilize the lives of people targeted by police for surveillance, intimidation, harassment, and formal criminalization. The Manitoba NDP’s public safety strategy does not take into account the fact that the same people who are most vulnerable to violence are also most vulnerable to criminalization.
Governments are to blame for the Winnipeg landfill blockade
This intensifying conflict can only be resolved by reversing course, calling off the injunction and police, and committing to fully fund the landfill searches as an initial step towards justice for the families of MMIWG2S. Failing to do this will mean that any ensuing impasse falls at the feet of Mayor Gillingham, Premier Stefanson, and Prime Minister Trudeau.
Imperialism is inscribed in the very DNA of capitalism
John Smith’s Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis argues for a theory of contemporary imperialism grounded in super-exploitation, outsourcing, and global labour arbitrage. It is a highly readable and clarifying text that offers a comprehensive analysis of the global shift of production to the South in recent decades.
Yes, city councils can cut the police budget
Police possess unique and extreme powers, however the only reason they can deploy such powers is because governments consistently award them more and more funding. Despite the real mediating roles of police boards and provinces, city councils retain significant powers to reduce police budgets and reallocate resources to life-sustaining services.
Making the invisible visible: an interview with Megan Linton about the harms of the institutional system, COVID-19, and disability justice
Canadian Dimension spoke with Megan Q. Linton, a disabled and mad studies researcher and writer, and creator of the Invisible Institutions podcast. Megan’s research on institutionalization and disability has appeared in Canadian Dimension, Briarpatch magazine, the Disability Visibility Project and the CBC. Megan is currently a doctoral student at Carleton University.
The case for smashing Big Alcohol and reclaiming working class joy
Despite the ubiquity of a legal and safer supply of alcohol, beverage alcohol contributes to the deaths of some three million people around the world every single year via traumatic injuries, chronic diseases, self-harm, cancers, and alcohol use disorders, including alcohol dependency. Countless more people live with alcohol-related diseases, chronic pains, mental health issues, and various disabilities.
Fighting for a world beyond war
World Beyond War is a vital force in the global anti-war struggle, helping organize campaigns against military bases, the arms trade, and imperialist trade shows. Canadian Dimension spoke with Rachel Small, the Canada Organizer for World Beyond War, about Ottawa’s escalating funding for the military, recent direct actions against weapons manufacturers, and the upcoming global #NoWar2022 conference.
Paris Marx: Improving the world is a political project, not a technological one
Paris Marx is one of the leading authorities on all things “tech.” As host of the award-winning Tech Won’t Save Us podcast and author the upcoming Verso book Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation, Marx expertly dissects the countless promises—and far more often, failures—of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and fads like cryptocurrency and the Metaverse.
Transcending the ‘imperial mode of living’
In contrast to the simplistic notion that capital unilaterally imposes consumption upon us, German scholars Ulrich Brand and Markus Wissen, authors of The Imperial Mode of Living, emphasize a dialectical analysis in which capitalist domination “draws on the wishes and desires of the populace … becomes a part of individual identity, shapes it, and thereby becomes all the more effective.”
Transit is the new frontline of the war on the unhoused
Transit infrastructure has become the site of visibly manifesting contradictions at the heart of the vicious capitalist and colonial project because it’s one of the few public spaces left for people to safely gather. However, this reality is under escalating threats and it’s imperative that these efforts be coherently resisted with a program of radical alternatives.
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