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” by making connections between Indigenous resistance in the United States and that of other colonized peoples globally.
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.
In a compelling call to arms, Seth Klein presents inspiring vision of Canada’s response to climate crisis
Klein has produced a compelling call to arms, reminding us that the mobilization needed today is well within our capabilities, that we accomplished something much more difficult through our collective efforts during World War II, and that Canadians are ready for today’s battle. What’s lacking is political leadership.
An odyssey indeed
Although Philip Resnick did not run into any cyclopses in his life’s journey, the tale that he recounts is as fascinating as that of Odysseus. Part of the reason is that, like Homer’s Odyssey, his writing is also quite poetic, both in the way that he writes and also in the feelings and images that he calls up. This style is one of the reasons why his book is such a pleasure to read.
The Jakarta Method: How to destabilize and control the Third World
The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World is a new book by American journalist and writer Vincent Bevins that tells the history of how the United States developed its regime toppling program during the first decades of the Cold War, unleashing a wave of violence to ‘align’ the Non-Aligned Movement.
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