Author: Socialist Project

The Socialist Project does not propose an easy politics for defeating capitalism or claim a ready alternative to take its place. We oppose capitalism out of necessity and support the resistance of others out of solidarity.

  • Trumping NAFTA: Free Trade versus Democratic Planning

    Opposition to ‘free trade’ is in the air again, though not in the way most of us expected or hoped. Three decades ago, the move to guarantee, extend and deepen Canada’s economic integration with the United States by way of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two states mobilized an impressive though ultimately … Keep reading »

  • Working Classes and the Rise of the New Right: Socialist Politics in the Era of Trump

    The success of xenophobic right-wing political forces today calls for the development of a socialist praxis fit for this perilous political moment. Taking this seriously requires that we address the inroads of the far right into working class constituencies that were bastions of trade unionism for much of the 20th century, and traditionally voted heavily … Keep reading »

  • A Leap Toward Radical Politics?

    The Leap Manifesto is, in a way, Canada’s version of the burst of Left and socialist energies that have come with the Bernie Sanders campaign in the Democratic Party in the U.S. and the Jeremy Corbyn leadership win in the Labour Party in Britain. As with these, the explosion of popular interest reflects general disquiet … Keep reading »

  • Battling Austerity: CUPW Hits the Picket Lines

    June 2, 2011 — Negotiations Alert: Strike Begins Tonight in Winnipeg. Urban Postal Unit Negotiations (2011) / News Alert The strike will begin at 11:59 p.m. EDT in Winnipeg (10:59 p.m. CDT). The Winnipeg local will be on strike for 24 hours, after which the strike will continue in other locations to be announced later. … Keep reading »

  • The Mass Arrests, the Security State and the Toronto G20 Summit

    The massive police presence in Toronto over this week has been officially justified on the basis of protecting the leaders of the G8 and G20 countries meeting in Huntsville and Toronto. We were told that the creation of the fenced-in fortress, the massive mobilization of police (estimates ranging from 10-20,000) from across Canada, and even … Keep reading »

  • The G20, Capitalism and Austerity

    The Group of Eight (G8) is an annual forum for the leadership of the leading capitalist countries. It was first created in 1975 (then as the G6, as Canada did not join until the next year to form the G7, and Russia was not added until 1997), at the instigation of the U.S. and France … Keep reading »

  • The Venezuelan Call for a New International Organization of the Left

    The call by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for discussion of the formation of a ‘Fifth International’ has generated a lot of debate amongst the left around the world. As an addendum to the ‘Caracas Commitment’ of November 2009, a resolution was passed to form a preparatory committee to convene a global conference of left parties … Keep reading »

  • Class consciousness is knowing which side of the fence you are on. Class analysis is figuring out who is there with you.

    Support CUPE 79 and 416 Toronto City Workers on Strike

    CUPE workers at the City of Toronto are now into their second week of a strike. They are holding the line against the drive by government and business employers demanding concessions and wage rollbacks. The employers are telling workers they should pay for the economic crisis of capitalism. This is an important struggle for the … Keep reading »

  • Ontario and the Funding of Religious Schools

    In what might turn to be the defining issue of the Ontario provincial election set for October 10, Conservative leader John Tory proposed that faith-based schools be fully funded. In a province that already funds Catholic schools through the high school years. The Tories are claiming the mantle of ‘fairness’ by extending funding to other … Keep reading »

  • In Opposition to the SPP

    The Security and Prosperity Partnership (the SPP) was originally launched in March, 2005 by U.S. president George Bush, and the former leaders of Mexico and Canada, Vincente Fox and Paul Martin, in Waco, Texas. The SPP is not a signed treaty, debated and passed in parliament. It is a semi-secret informal process – driven by … Keep reading »