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  • Want Better Sex? Consider Moving to a Socialist Country

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    It could be the deprioritization of female pleasure, resulting in fewer orgasms for women. Or it might be capitalism. Kristen Ghodsee, author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism, argues that the economic system contributes not only to women’s sexual dissatisfaction, but to their ability to find satisfying romantic partners and any semblance of work-life balance.

  • The New Deal is Not Enough

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    Look back to the southern aristocrats who owned plantations and held human beings as slaves. When confronted with a challenge to their slavery-based system, the slave-owning class was prepared to fight a civil war to save it. The capitalist class, which today rules the country and dominates the global economic system, will be just as intransigent. They will not give up their wealth without a fight. A “political revolution” cannot be achieved unless working people and all of the oppressed in our society rise up and take power into their own hands.

  • Corbynism and the Labour Party

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    The leadership of the UK Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn continues to enjoy enormous popularity across the UK. This even despite continual attacks from the corporate press and opposition from within the Labour Party itself. Indeed, under Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has once again become a mass party, with a larger membership than any other social democratic party across Europe.

  • In and Against the State

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    Getting socialism seriously on the agenda requires addressing the question of political agency more broadly in terms that develop the agential capacity for state transformation, so that governments with a socialist project not be stymied by the inherited state apparatuses. In this respect, socialist parties in the 21st century cannot see themselves as a kind of omnipotent deus ex machina. Precisely in order not to draw back from the ‘prodigious scope of their own aims’, as Marx once put it, they must ‘engage in perpetual self-criticism’.

  • 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

    Europe

    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.

  • Full text: The CCF’s Regina Manifesto

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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.’

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