Paul S. Graham: Reclaiming socialism for this new millennium

L. B. Foote / Winnipeg Free Press Archives1919 StrikeCrowd gathers at Victoria Park Sometime in the 1990s, it became fashionable for many socialists to refer to themselves as “anti-capitalists.” I’m not sure why this was the case, but I suspect it involved a large measure of opportunism; socialism (at least that variant represented by recently ...

Parchment in the Fire: The party that’s pulling the Belgian left to the left – POLITICO

The ascendant Workers’ Party has learned to punch above its weight. Source: The party that’s pulling the Belgian left to the left – POLITICO Filed under: Socialism Tagged: Belgium, Far Left

Babel-on-the-Bay: The empty chair of Tom Mulcair.

In a much condemned political schtick by actor-director Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention in 2012, he talked to an empty chair. The chair was supposed to represent President Barack Obama. We always thought it helped get Obama elected to his second term. We were reminded of it recently when reading an op-ed piece ...

wmtc: before the flood: good information but ultimately a weak message

Tonight we watched “Before the Flood“, Leonardo DiCaprio’s film about climate change, which I had heard such good things about. It’s well done, and is chock full of appropriately terrifying and depressing information. But in the end, the film delivers yet another “it’s up to each of us” message, focusing on individual actions, rather than ...

wmtc: fidel castro, 1926-2016

More than any ruler I can think of, Fidel Castro defies our insistence on seeing leaders as solely either good or evil. As this excellent assessment in Social Worker (UK) puts it, “History must judge him both as the freedom fighter whose defiance humiliated US imperialism and as the ruler of a repressive, unequal society.” ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Post Capitalism

Here is a link to my review of an extremely interesting new book by Guardian economics and political columnist Paul Mason. “Paul Mason is a leading British economic journalist, currently a columnist for The Guardian. He is also a long time left political activist. His new book, Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (Farrar, Strauss ...

Canadian Dimension: Is “Postcapitalism” On the Horizon?

Photo by Paul Sableman Paul Mason is a leading British economic journalist, currently a columnist for The Guardian. He is also a long time left political activist. His new book, Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. New York, 2015) is a challenging, sometimes obscure, sometimes brilliant, eminently worthwhile read, and an ...

Canadian Dimension: Socialism for today’s NDP, and today’s Canada

Photo by Matt Jiggins 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 ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Leaping nation building at a single bound.

In analyzing where Canada’s New Democrats are headed, we took another look at the LEAP Manifesto. Frankly LEAP stumbles on the first hurdle. It reads like the Regina Manifesto without the socialist ranting. It fails us. And where does this document get off treating Canada’s first peoples as some sort of pathetic wards of the ...

Canadian Dimension: Canada Since 1960 Toronto book launch

Image by Krishna Lalbiharie Canadian Dimension Magazine was proud to launch our new book, Canada Since 1960: A People’s History at the Imperial Pub in Toronto on June 7th. Moderated by Bryan Palmer. Presentations by: Dennis Pilon David Hugill Elise Thorburn Greg Albo Canadian Dimension Magazine is Canada’s country’s oldest Left publication. To purchase a ...

Canadian Dimension: Canada Since 1960: A People’s History book launch

L-R, James Lorimer, Nahanni Fontaine, Cy Gonick, Arthur Schafer and Jim Silver • Photo by Krishna Lalbiharie Winnipeg, June 10, 2016 — First published in 1963, Canadian Dimension is Canada’s oldest socialist magazine. This month it released Canada Since 1960: A People’s History, edited by CD founder Cy Gonick with chapters from 25 writers who ...

Dead Wild Roses: Eugene Debs – The American Politician We Don’t Hear Much About

From Wikipedia: “Eugene Victor “Gene” Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States.[1] Through his presidential candidacies, ...

Canadian Dimension: When We Were Young

Photo from Public Domain JOHN CLARKE, organizer, member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty Neither of my parents had any major interest in politics, but they were both deeply affected by the hardships of working-class life as they grew up in the 1930s and ’40s in London, England. At the end of the Second World ...

wmtc: james connolly, sid ryan, and marxism 2016

This is The Proclamation. The Proclamation was read by Padraig (Patrick) Pearse outside the General Post Office in Dublin on April 24, 1916. This marked the beginning of the Easter Rising. Rather less dramatically, a copy of the Proclamation has hung on my office wall since our trip to Ireland in 2001. It has lived ...

wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

On the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, these Revolutionary Thoughts of the Day are brought to you by the great Irish socialist, James Connolly. The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. (1910) This speech, from 1897, is recreated in the excellent Ken Loach film “The Wind that Shakes ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Left’s lost moment in time.

Why do so many political writers believe that groupthink is achieved by constantly rewriting history? Never a fan of Ed Broadbent or the Broadbent Institute, it was still dismaying the other day to read a puff-piece in the Toronto Star about the so-called institute. It was promoting itself for activities planned for the next year. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Yes, you can bet the rent money on Leap.

One of our favourite bloggers insists that you should not bet the rent money on the Leap Manifesto. While agreeing that no gambler should ever bet the rent money, we will take that bet. Despite the naysayer being one of the best read and erudite of left of centre Canadian bloggers, he might lack our ...

Canadian Dimension: Marxist scholar Ellen Meiksins Wood had a towering intellect

Image from Public Domain Barely five feet tall but considered an intellectual giant, Marxist scholar and political science professor Ellen Meiksins Wood was instrumental in making Toronto’s York University a centre for the radical critique of social and political thought toward the end of the 20th century. In the late 1960s, Prof. Meiksins Wood was ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – The Guardian’s editorial board comments on the role public entrepreneurship should play in fostering economic development and avoiding bust cycles: The state’s only legitimate economic role is often seen as patching up discrete failures in particular markets. But Ms Mazzucato stresses how proactive policy is often required ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Andrew Jackson offers his prescription for Canada’s economy in the face of plunging oil prices and a sinking dollar. And Murray Dobbin argues that the Libs’ handling of trade agreements reflects a fundamental economic choice between a socially-oriented economic outlook which has worked in the past, and a ...

Canadian Dimension: The Uses and Abuses of ‘Civil Society’

Photo by Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung In Memoriam Ellen Meiksins Wood 1942-2016 The death of Ellen Meiksins Wood on January 14, 2016 represents an immense loss for socialists everywhere. As a frequent contributor to the Socialist Register since her first essay in 1980, special co-editor of the 1995 volume on Why Not Capitalism, and a member of ...

Canadian Dimension: Of course ‘socialism’ was most-searched term of 2015: its ideas fit our times

Illustration by DonkeyHotey There is a decisive mood of resistance in America – a backlash to the status quo. The Bernie Sanders campaign for president is capturing that mood, and it is no surprise that ‘socialism’ was the most looked-up word in 2015. The American youth of today did not grow up in the shadow ...

Michal Rozworski: Questions for the Canadian left

Harper is gone, but (as a friend only quarter-jokingly said) we got the second worst outcome sold as the best, so now what? That’s the 10 second version of this post. I want to throw up a few questions or, better yet, problems that I think the Canadian left will have to face together over ...

Dead Wild Roses: Thanks Onion – Socialism vs Capitalism

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Capitalism, Humour, Socialism, The Onion

Parchment in the Fire: What is the Left Bloc? | Esquerda

In this article, we shall present information which allows the reader to get a clear picture of how and in which political climate the Left Bloc was founded and how it has developed. Source: What is the Left Bloc? | Esquerda Filed under: Eurozone crisis, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Left Bloc, Portugal