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  • Eric Hobsbawm’s Century

    As the world’s premier Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm’s intellectual range was unrivalled. Never one to pander to conventional politics, he was often a brave voice of dissent. Today more than ever, Hobsbawm’s work deserves serious examination. Here, Bryan Palmer reviews Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History, by Richard J. Evans.

  • Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Anarchist Schools in the United States and Winnipeg

    The political context of anarcho-syndicalism from which the Modern School movement emerged is worth revisiting as a viable means for those who care about public education. This model has the potential to positively transform the anti-democratic administrative power structure within schools, as well as the austerity of neoliberal governments outside of them.

  • ‘Either you are fighting to eliminate exploitation or not’: A leftist critique of the Green New Deal

    Canadian Dimension spoke with Max Ajl, an associated researcher at the Tunisian Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment, about his critiques of the Green New Deal, its relationship to capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism, and examples of struggles fighting for climate justice, food sovereignty, and self-determination.

  • Solidarity and Trauma in the 24th Century: The Politics of ‘Star Trek: Picard’

    Star Trek is back, and its new series Picard, starring Patrick Stewart, asks explicitly political questions. What does it mean to be alienated from society? What does it mean to be a stranger to yourself? These are old questions, asked in a new way on the canvas of a science fiction series set in the late 24th century.

  • Political Hope in Search of an Agent

    The left faces an historic disparity between its own long-depleted abilities and the hopes it has begun nursing. Its abilities—levels of union organization and votes for left-of-centre parties, to take only two of the more obvious indicators—have taken a beating amid the neoliberal assault of the past four decades. If one takes a longer historical view, its debility appears even more serious.

  • Political Hope Rises

    There is no pre-pandemic normal to return to. Neoliberal capitalism is certain to emerge from the present crisis transformed. There is, however, the question of how and by whom: by left forces in a progressive direction or by those of capital and the right in an even more authoritarian direction? That is what is politically at stake in the present moment. That is what this manifesto is about.

  • COVID-19 Renews the Struggle for Anti-Capitalist Care Models

    We know that profit-driven, capitalist care with its various forms of medical rationing and dehumanizing institutional approaches threaten all of us when a crisis hits. Now, it is more important than ever to build on existing successful models for anti-capitalist care, knit them together, and demand a society where people, and their care, are central in our political, social and economic organization.

  • To Fight Climate Change and Capitalism, We Must Decommodify Public Transit

    The power of transit isn’t simply about helping people get from one place to another in a timely and free way—although it is, of course, that. The fight for genuinely public transportation is one for democratic control over communities. The universal right to transportation serves as a foundation of a broader struggle against capitalist commodification and exploitation.

  • The Cost of This Pandemic Must Not Bankrupt the People

    The crisis has truly shaken the system. There is no doubt about that. A consequence of the failure of the austerity politics is that ideas that had been unthinkable just a few months ago – such as nationalization of hospitals and provision of substantial income support to unemployed workers – is on the agenda. We hope that this conversation develops into a popular global movement for a total reconstruction of the system.

  • In Memoriam: Mark Golden

    Father. Professor. Partner. Friend. Son. Mentor. Ally. Scholar. Teacher. Uncle. Blue Jays fan. Music lover. Zaida. These are all words that could describe Mark Golden, professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at the University of Winnipeg, who on April 9 died of pancreatic cancer, a disease he had been stoically coping with for the past 17 months.

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