Author: stefan-kipfer

Stefan Kipfer is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto. Follow his tweets at @StefanKipfer1‏.

  • What Colour is Your Vest?

    The Gilets Jaunes Revolt Shaking France In 1934, the political situation in France was tense and uncertain. The year began with a mobilization of royalist and fascist militias (on February 6) that were followed immediately (on February 9 and 12) by a response from the Communist and Socialist wings of the workers movement. As Norbert Guterman … Keep reading »

  • John Kannankulan and Stefan Kipfer – Cracks and Fissures in Europe

    Authoritarian Statism, the Hard Right and Challenges for the Left. Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by John Kannankulam and Stefan Kipfer. Recorded in Toronto, 21 November 2017. Watch video »

  • Macronism: Neoliberal Triumph or Next Stage in France’s Political Crisis?

    “Putain, nous sommes en marche arrière” — Slogan on a wall in the 20th district of Paris. “I really hope Macron can reform France, which is not doing well, you know.” These were the words of a young and stylish corporate lawyer, who started chatting with me during lunch in the cafeteria of the French … Keep reading »

  • ‘Things are serious’: Update on the French Presidential Election

    “C’est grave,” (things are serious) said the monsieur who sells me the papers every morning. A resident of Mantes-la-Jolie (a working class town at the western edge of the Paris region), he laments a lack of clarity on the dangers of the Front National (FN) not only among colleagues and neighbours but also parties and … Keep reading »

  • Projecting Shadows: France Before the 2017 Elections

    In comparative context, France has long been a source of inspiration for lefties and revolutionaries due to its history of successful or failed revolution from 1789 to 1968 and due to its role as an inadvertent point of contact for anti-colonial movements, from the Haitian revolution to the era of decolonization in the 20th century. … Keep reading »

  • Paris in Transit: A Few Snapshots

    In early December 2016, the Paris region suffered from the most intense bout of small particle pollution in a decade. Anticyclonic weather (cold air under a cover of hotter air undisturbed by wind) trapped pollutants. These came for the most part from car traffic (including diesel-powered beasts), ammonia-emitting intensive agriculture, some industrial emissions and a … Keep reading »

  • Transit Activism and the Urban Question in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    João Tonucci and André Veloso interviewed by Stefan Kipfer The current conflagration of the Dilma Rousseff government notwithstanding, Brazil has been an inspiring source of debate for the global left over the last generation. This has been true for a range of initiatives, including the rise of the Workers’ Party (PT) in the 1980s, municipal socialist … Keep reading »

  • Confronting Injustice

    Social Activism in the Age of Individualism Toronto — 22 April 2016. A new generation of activists working for economic and environmental justice, and against war and poverty, confronts critical questions. Why is the world so unjust and crisis-prone? What kind of world should we fight for? How can we win? In this panoramic yet accessible … Watch video »

  • Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing

    Toronto — 21 February 2016. Privatization is everywhere in the city, our province, and across the country, whether is is selling off public resources and services; financing and managing public projects through public/private partnerships (P3s); contracting out the public capacity to manage and oversee the operation of programmes we all need. Privatization seeks to transform … Watch video »

  • Launching the Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right

    It is becoming increasingly clear that we are at one of those historical moments that compel socialists to undertake a serious calibration of the political forces amassing on the right. This stems partly from the electoral breakthrough far-right parties have made in Europe as the global financial crisis and unrelenting austerity continue to take their … Watch video »

  • Palestine: A Political Travelogue

    Palestine has long been central to colonial and anti-colonial imaginaries – of the Ottoman and British empires, and Zionist and Arab nationalisms, before becoming a key site of inspiration for left and anti-colonial internationalism and recent scholarship on decolonial resistance. The International Conference of Critical Geography in Ramallah, Palestine, in July 2015, extended this trajectory … Watch video »

  • The Scandalization of Politics: On FordLisi, HarperDuffy, and a Few Others

    We are gripped by scandal. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is implicated in a top-level cover up of illegal expense claims by one his own foot soldiers: now-suspended Senator Mike Duffy. In Toronto, police surveillance data reveal that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Alessandro Lisi (his “occasional driver and friend” !?!) move effortlessly between … Keep reading »