Notes on Libya

In April 2011, when the scholar Horace Campbell met with a small group of Angolan youth in Luanda, he did something unusual. He warned them to be careful in how they resisted their government. He said Angola was rich with resources, and it would not take much for “the militarists to drum up some pretext …

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Making the Left Great Again

Review of William Mitchell & Thomas Fazi. 2017. Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World . London, UK: Pluto Press, 2017. I read this book directly after reading Chris Gilligan’s Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-Racism (2017). Gilligan asserts that racism isinseparable from the nation-state (Gilligan 2017, 144) and …

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Syria: The New Terra Nullius

SYRIA, seat of an Islamic Caliphate. Syria, site of the Middle East’s newest liberal democracy. Syria, socialist paradise. Syria, a corrupt and murderous dictatorship that practices genocide. Syria, a failed state. Syria a state that is too strong. Syria, soon to be partitioned into ethnic enclaves. Syria, a pawn of Iran. Syria, a tool of …

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“Unions Aren’t Native” : The Muckamuck Restaurant Labour Dispute in Vancouver, BC (1979-1983)

[Photo]: Vancouver Indian Centre president Debbie Mearns (second from right) walking with strike leader Christine Price. August 12, 1978. This fascinating article originally appeared in Labour/Le Travail. Formatting and spelling has been edited for clarity before appearing on Peripheral Thought. For citations please refer to the article as: Janet Mary Nicol. 1997. '"Unions Aren't Native'; …

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NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s Among the many foibles and spectacles which have characterized the presidency of Donald J. Trump, was his threat to …

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Empires of Aid and Compassion: Foundations as Architects of Neoliberalism

“They seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see in poverty, but their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it… the proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.” (Oscar Wilde on philanthropists, quoted in …

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Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism

Summary: Dr. Max Forte outlines a proposal for the renewal of citizenship and democracy in Canada in the context of decolonization and working-class resistance.  What is resource nationalism, and why is it important? One of Wikipedia’s shortest entries, “resource nationalism” nonetheless appears in 372 files published by WikiLeaks. Resource nationalism seems to be of especial …

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