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Socialism

  • Introducing Progressive International—a global left wing solidarity movement

    Progressive International acts as a conduit for progressive political organizing, providing tools and knowledge to local movements, thus empowering effective mobilizations. Most importantly however, it acts as an echo chamber, demonstrating the extent of global solidarity and highlighting the struggles and victories of progressive movements and campaigns throughout the world.

  • 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.

  • Jack Layton is the NDP’s third rail

    The NDP is in the midst of a quiet crisis. The party has not made significant headway since the 2015 federal election, when they won just under 20 percent of the vote, a number they repeated in 2019 with even worse results under Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system. A big part of the problem may lie with an NDP legend who party faithful feel unable or unwilling to criticize: Jack Layton.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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