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  • The athletes’ revolt

    Culture

    In the billion-dollar sports industry, players seem aware of the power of their voices and their labour. The director of the NBA players’ association, Michele Roberts, put it best when she said: “There would be no money if not for the players. Let’s call it what is. There. Would. Be. No. Money.” With Donald Trump in the White House and the right on the rise, a growing number of athletes know which side of history they intend to be on.

  • Our Land: 150 Years of Colonialism

    Culture

    The collaborative project will be an ongoing poster series that aims to intervene in the Canada 150 conversation. We hope to encourage people to critically examine history in ways that can fuel our radical imaginations and support struggles for radical change in 2017 and beyond. Join us as we use activist art to remember, resist, and redraw our world with an eye to changing it for the better.

  • The Popular Front: An “Alternative Year in Review” of 2016 Pop Culture

    Culture

    2016 produced a Trump presidency and witnessed the rise of the “alt-right” and increasing violence against women, workers, and Indigenous, LGBTQ2, and racialized peoples. 2016 also saw the approval of new pipelines, Brexit, and the deaths of pop culture legends like Prince, Phife Dawg, and David Bowie and revolutionary figures like Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro.

  • Clear the Way for the Prophets of Rage

    Culture

    It was RATM guitarist Tom Morello’s idea to form the Prophets of Rage to counter the current political climate, specifically in the United States. With Zack de le Rocha uninterested in a RATM reunion, Morello and the rest of the band reached out to legendary MCs Chuck D and B-Real to pool their collections of protest songs and launch an attack on the status quo. We should be glad they did.

  • Theorizing a new radicalism: Henry Giroux on how to change the world

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    In the overlapping realms of cultural studies and critical theory, few scholars have made a more significant impact upon contemporary educational theory than Henry Giroux. In 2002, the American-Canadian academic was named by the British publisher Routledge as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.

  • Pope Francis: Capitalism is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’

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    Pope Francis surprised reporters on a flight from Krakow to the Vatican late Sunday when he blamed the “god of money” for extremist violence in Europe and the Middle East, saying that a ruthless global economy leads disenfranchised people to violence. The pope said that no religion has a monopoly on violence.

  • Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism

    Culture

    His incandescent presence that night made undeniably clear, once again, that the movements against war and racism that Ali so eloquently spoke for — and that he remained such an elemental and principled part of — had already succeeded in transforming public discourse, if not yet public policy, across the United States.

  • 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.

  • Separate but equal: False equality and the political exclusion of children

    Culture

    But whereas the recognition of moral equality for marginalized groups served as a foundation upon which their political equality would be established, children have never been recognized as fully equal. The effect has been disastrous, for moral equality without political equality is simply false equality.

  • On Childhood: Introduction

    Culture

    The contributors to this special focus section on childhood offer potent challenges to this all-too-common line of interpretation. In none of the articles that follow will you find analyses that treat the period between “infancy” and “adolescence” as a kind of pre-political period of formation. Nor will you find pat venerations of youthful “ignorance.”

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