Advertisement

Our Times 3

Reviews

  • Does the left really hate the working class?

    Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class may not be a great book, but it is a timely and important one. It reminds the reader that right wing populism only succeeds where the left has failed to understand, engage, and properly represent the working class. As the NDP prepares for the next federal election, it should heed the lessons in Embery’s book, especially the one about not confusing Twitter with Canada.

  • How Cuba survived and surprised in a post-Soviet world

    Despite the limitations that have been imposed upon it from abroad, Cuba has still managed to forge its own path in a post-Soviet world to a greater extent than most people would have thought possible in the early 1990s. Yaffe’s book should prompt readers to wonder what it might achieve without the burden of US intransigence—if the island finally had the opportunity to prosper rather than simply survive.

  • Battling white supremacy in the ring

    Boxing, as the historian Gerald Horne argues in his engaging and meticulously researched book, The Bittersweet Science: Racism, Racketeering, and the Political Economy of Boxing, was effectively weaponized by Blacks in the battle against white supremacy. It was vital in demolishing the ugly stereotypes and myths propagated by the white majority about Blacks.

  • Confronting medical colonialism

    Written by a Montréal physician specializing in children’s emergency care, Fighting for a Hand to Hold begins with a shocking symptom: sick or injured Indigenous children from northern Québec being air-lifted to southern hospitals unaccompanied by a parent or care-giver who speaks their language. The author investigates this outrageous practice to reveal a racist system of medical colonialism.

  • Places of freedom: Reimagining the future of Standing Rock

    In Our History Is the Future, Nick Estes commits to the idea that resistance to projects of settler colonialism like the Dakota Access Pipeline, “has always been a future-oriented and life-oriented project,” and provides context for Standing Rock by making essential connections between Indigenous resistance in the United States and that of other colonized peoples globally in their struggle against imperialism.

  • Varieties of anti-capitalism for a 21st century economic democracy

    While not a heroic call to arms, Wright’s last book is useful in its analysis and concise in its strategy. His life’s work imagined utopia, and while some may find this manifesto too tame of a project or too naïve to embark upon, it ought to be a great starting point for those who feel stuck in capitalism’s contemporary quagmire and have yet to envision a socialist alternative.

  • Growing cultures of despair in Middle America

    Despite memorable performances from Glenn Close and Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy is a shallow portrayal of the decline of the American white working class. While the film does have captivating and engaging moments, it falls flat with its clichés about rugged individualism and ultimately disappoints as a story focused on Appalachian poverty and the erosion of the welfare state.

  • Andreas Malm’s new pamphlet on climate, corona, and communism fails to ignite

    Unfortunately, Andreas Malm’s entry in Verso’s pamphlet series—Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century—reads as rushed and theoretically underdeveloped, spending more time taking shots at other leftists than fleshing out what would be required to implement what he calls “war communism” (which, as it turns out, Malm doesn’t really believe in at all).

  • How the KKK capitalized on Canada’s racism

    The timing of this immensely important book could not be more urgent. Just as the Canadian establishment’s early complacency (and sometimes open encouragement) towards the Klan’s hate permitted the group a foothold in the early-twentieth century, so too do foolish appeals to so-called “Canadian exceptionalism” provide an opening for hate groups to exploit today.

  • Attacking the substance: A review of Young, Banerjee, and Schwartz’s ‘Levers of Power’

    In their new book Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules and What the 99% Can Do About It, Kevin Young, Tarun Banerjee and Michael Schwartz offer some counterintuitive advice to activists looking to make political change. While the book offers a rich and thought-provoking illustration of corporate political power, its strategic advice to activists needs to be scrutinized.

Page 1 of 19

Browse the Archive