Articles

  • The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

    Social Movements

    Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and past president of the American Sociological Association. She has co-authored, with her late husband Richard Cloward, classic studies of American politics, social welfare, and social movements, including Regulating the Poor (1971).

  • Postal Workers Confront Canada Post

    Labour

    Activists need to find ways to put pressure on the leaders of both public and private sector unions, insisting that they go beyond perfunctory statements of support, and even promises of financial assistance, to communicate the importance of the issues to their members and to commit significant resources to mobilizing concrete solidarity with postal workers.

  • The labour movement and the housing crisis: long-separated struggles

    Labour

    This raises important questions for the labour movement. The traditional focus on the workplace clearly doesn’t help workers, and the working class in expensive cities like Metro Vancouver. A union can increase wages, ensure job security, and empower workers in their shops, but that won’t protect anybody from being the victim of gentrification and ballooning rents.

  • Polarization and the Powder Keg

    Social Movements

    A ‘charismatic leader’ could emerge and bridge the different constituencies – downwardly mobile workers, militant blacks and politically disenfranchised activists may merge at some point around such a leader. But unless ‘the leader’ is harnessed to a powerful organized movement and directed by activist communities the threat of betrayal remains a real possibility.

  • Implementing Austerity By Downloading Responsibility

    Canadian Politics

    The reality of austerity is often talked about in terms of the millions of dollars cut from social spending. Too infrequently do we actually talk about the impact on real people who bear the brunt of these cuts. Laura and her two kids are three of the thousands of people who daily face the consequences of the Liberal government’s decision to gut social assistance.

  • Ottawa Approves Controversial Chemical for Ocean Oil Spills

    Canadian Politics

    Recent U.S. studies based on the performance of Corexit during the Gulf of Mexico spill show the synergistic action between the chemical and crude oil can make oil 52 times more toxic to planktonic marine life than oil itself. The chemical also kills natural ocean bacteria that can biodegrade oil while favouring bacteria that does not.

  • A Question of Leadership

    Europe

    Times are so interesting and moving so fast that it is easy to become part of a Corbyn focused spectator support. What is needed however is practical support, especially initiatives through Constituency Labour Parties and also Momentum which in many areas and nationally is open to being a platform for a wide range of creative actions.

  • Western Propaganda for a New Cold War

    Europe

    It is alarming to see the constant drumbeat in Western media that Russia is “aggressive,” that Russia “invaded” Crimea, Russia is “a threat.” Hardly a day goes by that The New York Times does not have an editorial or news story with the assertion or insinuation that Russia is “aggressive”.

  • Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies, and Scabs

    Europe

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/07/brexit-a-workers-response-to-oligarchs-bankers-flunkies-and-scabs/

  • How Brexit Changes Everything

    Europe

    Moderated by Canadian Dimension’s founding editor and publisher Cy Gonick, How Brexit Changes Everything was a panel discussion including professors Radhika Desai, Alan Freeman, Henry Heller and John Ryan. It took place at the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Video production by Paul Graham.

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