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

Alberta Politics: Guest Post by Mimi Williams: When the NDP abandoned its socialist principles, it abandoned its chance of winning

PHOTOS: Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair – whatever was he thinking? Below: Guest Post author Mimi Williams; Jeremy Corbyn, new leader of Britain’s Labour Party. Many New Democrats were shocked and dismayed at the outcome of Monday’s federal election, despite their relief that Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party government were gone at last. Long-time ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders would win – if US elections weren’t controlled by big money….. But he just might win anyway, and he is well on his way

The Independent Senator from Vermont, and US Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is riding a fast-growing wave of popular support across the United States. Sanders is getting ten times the turn-out for rallies as any other candidate, and the momentum continues to build. Bernie Sanders is getting higher turn-outs to rallies than the Republican candidates, even ...

Politics and its Discontents: I Have Nothing To Add To This

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Mulcair: Canada’s pseudo Johnny Appleseed.

Tom Mulcair’s role for Canada’s New Democrats seems to include wearing a forced smile and offering band-aid solutions to problems. Other than his strange arithmetic about day care, he is spreading seeds of programs rather than anything that might bear fruit in the foreseeable future. To most voters he remains an unknown, an enigma. In ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: NDP changing times, changing directions.

The CCF—the party of Tommy Douglas—represented the working man, the farmer and the socially conscious in an era of rapid growth and acquisition after the Second World War. We had little time for CCF concerns or socialism in those exciting years but the party was respected as a political conscience. It was only when the ...

Canadian Dimension: New Paths Toward 21st Century Socialism

Artwork by Konstantin Vyalov (1932) Introduction by Richard Fidler Among the many panels and plenaries at the Conference of the Society for Socialist Studies, which met in Ottawa June 2-5, was a Book Launch for Marta Harnecker’s latest English-language book, A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism (translated by Federico Fuentes), Monthly ...

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I stumbled on this letter to the New York Times Book Review from a few weeks ago. It’s in response to a review of two books about precarious work – one about technology threatening jobs of even the most educated people, and another about the rise of unpaid labour. Barbara Ehrenreich’s chilling review of Martin ...

Parchment in the Fire: Creating an Economy of Need in Greece

Filed under: Europe Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza

Canadian Dimension: ‘There is no Alternative Unless We Build One’: Reinventing Socialist Politics

Photo by Pasu Au Yeung The varied left histories dating back to the long 19th century gained momentum during the tumultuous first decades of the 20th century and for some time after. They came to an end, at one point or another, between the military coup in Chile (1973), the elections of Margaret Thatcher (1979) ...

Canadian Dimension: Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously

Equal Love rally in Melbourne • Photo by Socialist Alternative As the sun set on the Occupy Seattle encampment in December 2011, the question “What next?” hung in the air, as it did over Zuccotti Park in New York City. The tents were gone, our spirits were dampened, but an awakened sense of empowerment prevailed. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Who leads Canada’s progressives?

Canadian media are a lazy bunch. They follow the paths of least resistance and false assumptions. Take this past week when some supposed progressives were gathered at the Broadbent Institute in Ottawa for its Progress Summit. The one question that was never answered was ‘Who were the Liberal Progressives at the gathering?’ Ed Broadbent never ...

Canadian Dimension: Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self-Destruction

Buzludzha • Photo by Stanislav Traykov Introduction Over the past year, what appeared as hopeful signs, that Left governments were emerging as powerful alternatives to right-wing pro-US regimes, is turning into a historic rout, which will relegate them to the dustbin of history for many years to come. The rise and rapid decay of left-wing ...

Parchment in the Fire: Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

In light of the new Syriza government’s difficult struggle against the German dominated institutions of the Eurozone, I’ve revisited a little known book published ten years ago by political scientist Richard Dunphy called Contesting Capitalism? Left Parties and European Integration (Manchester University Press, 2004). In the book, Dunphy charts out the trajectory of the European Far ...

Parchment in the Fire: The rise of Europe’s new Left

The rise of Europe’s new Left. By Bryan Evans Filed under: Europe, Socialism Tagged: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Podemos, Spain, Syriza

The Disaffected Lib: The Germans Get It. When Will We?

Sixty per cent of Germans believe that capitalism is the cause of poverty and hunger and that real democracy can’t be realized under that economic system.  It seems they’re not fond of market fundamentalism and neoliberalism.  In fact, they see straight through it. You might have thought that Germans who live in Europe’s economic powerhouse ...

Parchment in the Fire: Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP? | openDemocracy

Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP? | openDemocracy. Filed under: Europe, Socialism Tagged: EU, Europe, Podemos, Socialism, Syriza

Parchment in the Fire: How Radical is Syriza?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13088 Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Greece Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza, the Left

Parchment in the Fire: Los Indignados to Podemos

Filed under: Austerity, Crisis, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

Parchment in the Fire: The Syriza Challenge in Greece Pt. II

Filed under: Greece Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza