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  • South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left

    Africa

    the claims that a new trade union federation will be launched in March 2017, it is appropriate to draw up a balance sheet of the labour movement in South Africa, and ask whether the optimism of many that a new Left force is going to be unleashed is justified. Or whether the possibilities for a force of revolutionary working class politics lie elsewhere.

  • Mapping the Canadian Left: Sovereignty and Solidarity in the 21st Century

    Socialism

    The renewed struggle for self-determination of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Québec is slowly changing the character of left politics across the country, as the long overdue reckoning with the brutal historic dispossession of the original inhabitants of the places we call Canada and Québec “unsettles” our ways of seeing, putting the concept of settler-colonialism in the centre of much contemporary left analysis and activism.

  • ‘There is no Alternative Unless We Build One’

    Socialism

    The transition from private to state property alone does not lead to workers’ power and self-government. Socialists have built different types of parties since the Manifesto was written. These are all part of the left history, of failures and defeats, of resistances and victories. If it is safe to say that it is time to build a party of a new type, it is not yet possible to provide a detailed sketch of what this type will look like.

  • Class, Party and the Challenge of State Transformation

    Socialism

    The alliances that socialist parties would have to enter into, not least in face of the growing threat from the far right of the political spectrum, should not just be amongst elites but be directed at new working-class formation of the broadest possible kind, and aimed at developing its actual potential to become the transformative agent in a transition to socialism.

  • Food for Revolutionary Thought

    Socialism

    For those of us long enough in the tooth to recall what it was like ‘way back when’, there is sometimes a distinct whiff of something like the old sectarianism in the air these days. And it most often comes, oddly enough, from precisely those quarters which contrast their embrace of ecological and intersectional issues today with the alleged neglect of such by earlier socialist generations.

  • Is “Postcapitalism” On the Horizon?

    Socialism

    Together with many left economists, Mason envisages a dismal future of secular stagnation, ever more extreme income inequality, massive job losses due to technological change, unsustainably high levels of public and private debt, and chronic global trade imbalances. He argues that capitalism faces an acute impasse due to catastrophic climate change and pending massive defaults on debt.

  • Jim Naylor: The Fate of Labour Socialism

    Labour

    Professor James Naylor talks about his exciting new book: The Fate of Labour Socialism: The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Dream of a Working-Class Future. The book is a fundamental reexamination of the CCF and Canadian working-class politics in the 1930s, one that will help historians better understand Canada’s political, intellectual, and labour history.

  • Socialism for today’s NDP, and today’s Canada

    Socialism

    While not a topic without coverage, the question of socialism within the New Democratic Party — and Canada more generally — tends to come in waves. One recent example has come from Toronto Star columnist Rick Salutin’s assertion that the NDP must re-embrace socialism, if only to offer strategic differentiation vis-à-vis the Trudeau Liberals.

  • Canada Since 1960 Toronto book launch

    Socialism

    Edited by CD founder Cy Gonick with chapters from 25 writers who evaluate how CD discussed diverse subjects over a span of 50 years: 50 years of class struggle; 50 Years in Indian Country; 50 Years of Art & Culture; 50 Years of making socialism; 50 Years of rebelling youth; 50 years of anti-racism, human rights and immigration advocacy and much more.

  • Canada Since 1960: A People’s History book launch

    Socialism

    Edited by CD founder Cy Gonick with chapters from 25 writers who evaluate how CD discussed diverse subjects over a span of 50 years: 50 years of class struggle; 50 Years in Indian Country; 50 Years of Art & Culture; 50 Years of making socialism; 50 Years of rebelling youth; 50 years of anti-racism, human rights and immigration advocacy and much more.

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