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  • Jason Kenney Calls it Socialist Propaganda, but Mouseland has Abiding Relevance in Canadian Politics

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    Last week, Alberta United Conservative Party (UCP) leader Jason Kenney took great exception to a children’s story session. Why, you ask? Because Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley chose to read kids the story of Mouseland, which was originally told by Tommy Douglas in the 1940s. The story of Mouseland described a society where mice formed the majority of the population, and yet consistently elected governments comprised of cats. Those cats passed laws that benefitted them, often to the detriment of the mice majority.

  • Participatory Socialist Economics

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    UK Labour’s vision is of a radically democratic government sharing power with knowledgeable and productive supporters. This opens up the possibility of developing a “new socialism” based on self-government rather than rule from above. Now that, surely, is a story for a media genuinely curious about where a Corbyn-led government will lead.

  • The Regina Manifesto: Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Programme

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    The Regina Manifesto was the founding programme of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and was adopted at the first national convention of the CCF held in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1933. The CCF is a federation of organizations whose purpose is the establishment in Canada of a Co-operative Commonwealth in which the principle regulating production, distribution and exchange will be the supplying of human needs and not the making of profits.

  • Super Marx!

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    Few people in history have had the kind of global impact that Karl Marx has had and continues to have. 200 years after his birth, Marx’ intriguing critiques of capitalism continue to influence economic and political philosophies around the world, with a renewed popularity and zest in the United States. In The Contributions of Karl Marx, Richard D. Wolff dives into how Marx’ life and theories have influenced political and social movements over the past two centuries.

  • May Day: Workers’ Struggles, International Solidarity, Political Aspirations

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    May Day symbolizes common struggles of workers around the globe. Why is it largely ignored in North America? The answer lies in part in American labour’s long repression of its own radical past, out of which international May Day was actually born a century ago. It is more important than ever that the North American labour movement reconnect with this history and forge linkages with the international labour movement in the remaking of a socialism for our times.

  • Revolution in a Warming World: Lessons from the Russian to the Syrian Revolutions

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    Can the climate movement grow by several orders of magnitude, gather progressive forces around it and develop some viable strategy for projecting its aims through the state – all within a relevant time frame in this rapidly warming world? It is a tall order, to say the least. But in the words of Daniel Bensaïd, perhaps the most brilliant theorist of revolutionary strategy in the late twentieth century, ‘any doubt bears on the possibility of succeeding, not on the necessity of trying.’

  • The Regina Manifesto at 85: More Relevant Than Ever?

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    Despite the NDP leadership race’s left candidate, Niki Ashton, talking about how the party needs to return to the “bold socialist vision” offered in the 1933 Regina Manifesto — the founding programme of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation — few have discussed what that actually would mean. This is an oversight of some significance, because the Manifesto is remarkable for its painstaking description of what a socialist Canada would look like.

  • Revolutionary Optimism: Journeys in Radical Politics Past and Present

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    On the “Reality Asserts Itself” program of The RealNews network, Prof. Leo Panitch is interviewed by host Paul Jay. Panitch talks about the political culture of his family, shaped in Winnipeg’s radical Jewish community before and after World War Two; Labour Zionists, Social Democrats and Communists debated and organized within the Jewish working class movement. This is a four-part interview – recorded in March 2018. Transcript available here.

  • Social democracy without social democrats: how can the left recover?

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    If Keir or Keira Hardie were to create a party today to make the 21stcentury both social and democratic it would look nothing like the Labour Party. Can Labour and other social democratic parties change? Or will they be replaced? On one hand the omens aren’t good. The tribalism and the arrogance of Labour runs deep. But then organisations can reinvent themselves. But this time it’s more than a switch back to Blairites or the continuation of Corbynism that is required.

  • Why Antonio Gramsci is the Marxist thinker for our times

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    The defining Gramscian concept is that of hegemony. This denotes a level of political domination that extends beyond control of a state or a parliament into the realm of culture and ideas. Gramsci was preoccupied by the question of why the 1917 Russian revolution had not been followed by others in western Europe. He located the answer in the persistence of capitalist ideas among civil society institutions (political parties, trade unions, churches, the media).

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