Articles

  • Violent strikes against labour reforms are causing chaos in France

    Europe

    For the past week, France has felt like a country on the verge of civic insurrection. Union blockades of petrol refineries and depots have caused widespread fuel shortages. Some 2,300 petrol stations have either run dry, or are rationing sales at the pump. The government has dipped into its strategic reserves to maintain supplies.

  • Pacifying Palestinians and Pacifying the World

    Middle East

    Yet whether we think of Syria as the paradigm of twenty-first century warfare or the Israeli matrix of control, it is “the people,” or a mobilized segment, that is being victimized. Halper’s book does the best job so far of depicting this new cartography of warfare, and deserves to be widely read and its main theses debated.

  • Faith in Big Trade Deals Keeps Crumbling

    Canadian Politics

    It is the nature of ideology that if the medicine doesn’t work, increase the dose. Unless more Canadians speak out on these investment protection agreements and get behind their counterparts in the United States and European Union, the Liberal government will keep prescribing the same medicine.

  • The Socialist Revolution Beyond Sanders and the Democratic Party

    Social Movements

    Sanders made it clear he was not interesting in making sure that workers owned the means of production, but a movement beyond his should make that goal paramount. Without empowering workers to own their own labor, the revolution quickly loses steam as capitalists find new ways to exploit that labor and beat the working class back into submission.

  • The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany’s Assault on the IMF

    Economic Crisis

    The banks don’t want Greece to be able to service its debt, because the banks intend to use Greece’s inability to service the debt in order to loot Greece of its assets and resources and in order to roll back the social safety net put in place during the 20th century. Neoliberalism intends to reestablish feudalism—a few robber barons and many serfs.

  • Federal NDP’s Pact With Satan Implodes

    Canadian Politics

    Even if the Leap Manifesto is adopted, either it will be watered down to platitudes or suffer the same fate as the Regina Manifesto. Already the right of the party has called it political madness and has been dutifully joined by the capitalist press, declaiming the NDP is again on a left-wing path to suicide.

  • Gary Burrill: Hopes and Fears on the NDP’s Eastern Front

    Canadian Politics

    If Burrill can reach out and demonstrate to the people that he is a people leader and not just a party leader, then he might just oust Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil matching Dexter’s one-term fiasco. He would then be in a position to implement some of his policy promises including wiping out child poverty, free tuition fees and economic and environmental justice.

  • A is for Activist: Igniting children’s radical imaginations

    Culture

    A is for Activist is the most recent addition to the field of radical children’s literature, but it is by no means the first revolutionary children’s book. In fact, there is a long history of oppositional children’s storytelling, from socialist primers in the 1910s to the anti-authoritarian and contrarian sensibilities of stories from authors such as Dr. Seuss in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • 66% of Brazilians Say Congress Voted Coup for Their Own Benefit

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    As the interim government of coup-imposed President Michel Temer continues to act as a permanent power rather than a temporary fix while suspended President Dilma Rousseff stands trial for budget manipulations, a new poll reported Sunday by Globo shows that two thirds of Brazilians believe that lawmakers voted in their own self interest in giving the green light to the impeachment process.

  • The Bernie Sanders Campaign and Left Politics in Canada

    Canadian Politics

    Does the Bernie Sanders campaign matter here? Of course it does. Who among us has failed to “feel the Bern”? Thanks to Bernie, and contrary to what anybody thought possible only a few months ago, Americans are talking class politics — for the first time since the 1930s! It’s the working class versus the billionaire class.

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