Articles Tagged ‘Socialism’

  • 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.

  • Beyond Petroculture: strategies for a Left energy transition

    Canadian Politics

    Energy can be a politics by other means. It is a way of enacting and enabling Left principles of social equality and environmental responsibility in relation to a new set of discourses and co-ordinates. Real energy transition opens the way for social and political transition, and does so on the basis of equality of social capacity and a commitment to protecting the planet.

  • ‘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.

  • ​French Socialists choose leftwing rebel Benoît Hamon for Élysée fight

    Europe

    Hamon secured a clear win of more than 58% over the centrist former prime minister Manuel Valls on around 42%, according to the first partial results. It was a victory for the party’s leftwing rebels against the pro-market, centre-left policies of François Hollande – a damning verdict by voters against what many on the left consider as the failed presidency of an unpopular leader.

  • 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.

  • Transnationalism and Italian anarchists in Canada, 1915-1940

    Travis Tomchuck’s Transnational Radicals focuses on the movement of Italian anarchists from Italy to Canada and the U.S. and back to Italy to show the long-term contours of the Italian anarchist movement and its activities across borders, thus the term “transnational.” Transnationalism is the process by which migrants create and sustain social relations that link their societies of origin and societies of settlement.

  • Tax reform for the Canadian Left: balancing ideology and efficiency

    Canadian Politics

    But what must always be at the forefront for Canadian socialists is the balance of vision and action; of philosophy and practicality. We can make some taxes that seem regressive on the outset less so with mechanisms to dull their effects, and we can still explore grander schemes to change how we collect revenue and strive towards a society of equality of opportunity and condition.

  • Fidel Castro Ruz memorial: Santiago de Cuba

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Scenes from the Fidel Castro funeral procession and memorial gathering in Santiago de Cuba, December 3, 2016. “Late morning. Thousands begin to line the streets as the memorial procession completes its cross-country journey, on the very streets where the Cuban revolution began with a daring (if unsuccessful) attack on the Moncada Barracks.”

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