Our Times 3

Social Movements

  • Working people must lead the fight for universal pharmacare—not policymakers

    Data and statistics will keep piling up on the desks of indifferent bureaucrats, functioning, in a sense, like political sedatives. We cannot allow the passive decorum of Canadian political sentiment to temper our latent power—justice only emerges by means of popular revolt. Resisting capitalist interests will not be an easy task, but the fight to expand medicare must be led by working people—not policymakers.

  • Fragments of an anarchist in anthropology: The legacy of David Graeber

    On September 2, David Graeber died in Venice, Italy. He was among the most influential and innovative contemporary anthropologists and a committed activist. His loss is both enormous and devastating. Honouring his memory means maintaining a belief that we are able to change the world and that it rests on all of us, in our research and our action, to bring the revolution to life.

  • Whatever happened to the Green New Deal?

    Climate change solutions will require a government-led, coordinated effort of building multiple national systems simultaneously that are designed to work together: they must be planned by the government. Fascism again stalks the world, exemplified by the current president, and the left must offer an alternative.

  • Could elected civilian oversight boards help to curb police lawlessness?

    Unity through political action and the capacity to mobilize targeted communities into supportive public action is critical to act as a bulwark against oppression by armed bodies whose raison d’etre is to enforce laws that protect those with property against those without it. Nothing less will work.

  • Online activism during COVID-19: A case study in rent strikes

    Historically, rent strikes have resulted in successful outcomes and forced governments to amend issues faced by tenants. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the symptoms of an ongoing collective struggle among renters, and brought to the fore many of the systemic challenges they face. Will the Canadian state tend to them, or leave them to worsen?

  • Revitalizing left internationalism

    In concert with people around the world doing good work, we can resist despair and isolation. We can build strong relations, individually and collectively, across movements and borders. We can recognize our responsibilities, rooted where we are, in getting one another free. We can win a new world by winning across the world.

  • Struggles in the shadow of the pandemic

    The idea that a better world is possible can’t take hold if those who run the present one appear invincible. The pandemic has unleashed a crisis that poses the gravest dangers but opens up the real possibility of transforming the decades of defensive struggle against neoliberal attack into an offensive challenge to the whole capitalist system.

  • We need a citizens’ assembly for a just transition

    The COVID-19 crisis presents a remarkable opportunity to realize a post-pandemic Canada in the interests of the many through unity and action. To achieve fundamental change, we need to find a unified voice and to coalesce around and embrace a historic project of democratic decision-making. Are we up to it?

  • ‘Caremongering’ groups show what social movements can accomplish in a pandemic

    Torontonians and Canadians looking to make a difference in responses to COVID-19 should keep these lessons in mind as they volunteer their time and resources to help those most vulnerable. Our kindness is only as effective as the politics that backs it, and we all deserve to live full, secure, and dignified lives even after this pandemic passes.

  • It’s time to meet the new generation of climate leaders

    Teenagers are not expected to care about anything that expands further than the world of their high school. They are not expected to spend their winter holidays learning about the environment. They certainly aren’t expected to mobilize the masses. That is, unless, you’re referring to Elliott Anderson.

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