Leonard Hutchinson and the Social Realist Art of Canadian Working Class Resistance in the 30s

This post originally appeared on The Left Chapter, the blog of Michael Laxer leader of the Social Caucus in the NDP. While not in agreement with all of Laxer’s politics, I greatly enjoy the variety of content on his blog. Contributions from all leftist perspectives are welcome and can be sent to theleftchapter@outlook.com. Leonard Hutchinson was… Read More Leonard Hutchinson and the Social Realist Art of Canadian Working Class Resistance in the 30s

No Country for Poor Men: The Globalization Project and its Consequences

“Debt… is a cleverly managed reconquering of Africa.” – Thomas Sankara In the 1980s, on the tail-end of growing south-south unity and economic development, the world was plunged into an international debt crisis which threatened the sustainability of the capitalist world-system. The political decisions enacted to adjust the global economy ushered in neo-liberalism and globalization… Read More No Country for Poor Men: The Globalization Project and its Consequences

Class Analysis and Class Structure in Canada

Summary: A revised, in-depth of assessment of class dynamics present in Canada and the nations that compose it.  Advancing our analysis of class, national oppression, and the overall structure of Canadian society has been a long-time coming for Revolutionary Initiative. It’s safe to say that elements of our preliminary “Theses…” document concerning the class structure… Read More Class Analysis and Class Structure in Canada

Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism (A Proposal from Max Forte)

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… Read More Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism (A Proposal from Max Forte)

What is the Mass Line? Some Experiences and Reflections

An older piece from the Revolutionary Initiative collective discussing the “Mass Line” method of community and class mobilization, valuable for all anti-imperialists and anti-capitalists. In an effort to make our pieces increasingly accessible, we are trying to provide more footnotes for historical references and figures that are not contextualized within the body of texts, and… Read More What is the Mass Line? Some Experiences and Reflections

Some Concerns and Proposals for the World Social Forum

Yesterday, the World Social Forum debuted in Montreal. This will be the first time the WSF has been held in North America. Two concerns for the radical left have emerged from the current state of the Forum. First, is the denial of visas (and possible detention) of radical organizers from the “third world” (including a candidate for… Read More Some Concerns and Proposals for the World Social Forum