The Ranting Canadian: I just saw that today, May 5, is the birthday of Karl Heinrich…

I just saw that today, May 5, is the birthday of Karl Heinrich Marx (1818-1883), the German economist, historian, journalist and philosopher. I post this video in honour of the occasion. It’s a bit silly, and I’m not sure of the intentions of the creators, but I’ve been waiting for an appropriate occasion to share ...

The Ranting Canadian: Here’s my final photo from the International Workers Day…

Here’s my final photo from the International Workers Day rally in downtown Toronto on May 1, 2013. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this “Bourgeois” tour bus parked near the starting point of the Mayday march. Obviously I wasn’t the only one who saw the dry humour in this, because someone else posted a ...

The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 3 These are various photos of…

Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 3 These are various photos of the International Workers Day march in downtown Toronto during the evening of May 1, 2013. A wide range of groups, individuals, causes and ideologies were represented — under the common banner of working class power.

The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 1 These pictures are from the…

Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 1 These pictures are from the starting point of the International Workers Day rally in downtown Toronto in the early evening of May 1, 2013. The trees and sunlight in these five photos highlight the other, much older, aspect of Mayday: nature, rebirth and the arrival of spring. It ...

The Ranting Canadian: It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s…

It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s first anniversary, the weekend of Rebelfest in Hamilton, and a few days before International Workers’ Day (aka Mayday, aka the real Labour Day).  Additionally, April 28 is International Day of Mourning for workers who were killed or injured on the job. A lot has happened ...

The Ranting Canadian: Wife of Bank of England governor turns herself into a guillotine-magnet

Wife of Bank of England governor turns herself into a guillotine-magnet: Diana Carney – wife of the new Bank of England governor (and former Bank of Canada head) – had a Mary Antoinette moment on March 25, 2013 when she whined on Twitter that she and her husband were having trouble finding suitable housing in ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Revolution at Point Zero: Montreal Book Launch and Discussion with Silvia Federici (April 4th)

[please post and forward widely] [svp diffusez largement] [français ci-dessous][facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/123882664466638/] Revolution at Point Zero: A Book Launch and Discussion with Silvia Federici Thursday April 4 at 6:30pm1610 Ste-Catherine West (Faubourg Building), Room B-060(métro Guy-Concordia) – This event is free.– For free on-site childcare, please call 24 hours in advance: 514-848-7585.– Wheelchair accessible.– Il y ...

RedBedHead: SWP Special Conference Shows Bureaucracy’s Fangs

On Sunday, March 10 the British Socialist Workers Party held a Special Conference to deal with the crisis that has been raging in its organization since its annual January conference. The trigger for the crisis was an allegation of rape against a member of the party’s Central Committee (CC) that was reviewed by a Disputes ...

RedBedHead: SWP Special Conference Shows Bureaucracy’s Fangs

On Sunday, March 10 the British Socialist Workers Party held a Special Conference to deal with the crisis that has been raging in its organization since its annual January conference. The trigger for the crisis was an allegation of rape against a member of the party’s Central Committee (CC) that was reviewed by a Disputes ...

The Ranting Canadian: http://issuu.com/randalljaykay/docs

http://issuu.com/randalljaykay/docs: The above link is to an archive of various scanned articles and newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s that are related to topics such as anti-fascism, radicalism, socialism, anarchism, prisoners’ rights, anti-imperialism, First Nations rights and anti-racism, They are interesting historical documents, and many of the issues they discuss are still relevant today. Unfortunately ...

RedBedHead: SWP: Crisis, Democracy & Renewal

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RedBedHead: SWP: Crisis, Democracy & Renewal

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Sketchy Thoughts: Zig Zag on Idle No More: "In any liberation movement there are internal and external struggles"

We are living in exciting times, with large numbers of people clearly fed up and taking action, no longer content to wait for the right moment or the right ideas or the right leadership to tell them what to do. Whether we think of Occupy, the Arab Spring, or the current Idle No More upsurge, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Of Toronto G20 protests and “abuse orchestrated by fascist states”

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013: Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper’s Canada “Making Up Terror Identities”

In Stephen Harper’s Canada, we’re all potential terror threats. Until proven otherwise. So suggests a recent study by Queens University’s Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby, published in the journal Policing and Society.  Welcome to Multi Issue Extremism (MIE), Canada’s new classification of so-called domestic terror threats. We saw it coming. In a January letter, Joe ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Montreal: Anti-Capitalist Contingents in Saturday Night Demos in June

ANTI-CAPITALIST CONTINGENTS IN SATURDAY NIGHT DEMOS IN JUNESaturday 16, 23 & 30As well as in the CLASSE “National” demo on June 22 This is a call to form anti-capitalist contingents in nightly demos on Saturday June 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Meet: 20:30 pm, Place Émilie-Gamelin (metro Berri-UQAM)Look for anti-capitalist flags and banners. The contingent will gather near ...

Sketchy Thoughts: On Mass Struggles in the Metropole: Thoughts Inspired by Quebec

because mass struggles include all kinds of folks By Way of IntroductionIn many neighbourhoods and cities and towns across Quebec, there is a new phenomenon of people going into the streets every night and banging pots and pans together to signal their opposition to the government’s new repressive legislation, Law 78. This is in the ...

Canadian Progressive World: Harper Conservatives Target Registered Charities

So far, the Conservative government’s fear-mongering has targeted anti-capitalism movements, environmentalists, Aboriginal groups, activists, foreign special interest groups, so-called “issue-based terrorists” and other imaginary “enemies of the state”. Now add registered Canadian charities to the hit list. Charities registered in … Continue reading →