• What Happens When the Alt-Right Believes in Climate Change

    Last September, as record-breaking hurricanes thrashed the Caribbean and southeastern U.S., the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance (AmRen) asked its readers a question: “What does it mean for whites if climate change is real?” In its bombastic response, the magazine bucked two decades of conservative dogma to offer an ethno-nationalist take on planetary warming. Conceding … Keep reading »

  • Doug Ford’s New Poor Laws Replace Basic Income

    The decision of the new Tory Government in Ontario to terminate the basic income (BI) pilot project that their Liberal predecessors had set in motion, confirms that the right is as divided as the left on this issue of social policy. The Doug Ford Tories form part of an international right wing opposition to BI … Keep reading »

  • How Did Socialists Respond to the Advent of Fascism?

    The following talk was given on 21 July 2018 to a two-day seminar at York University entitled “Historical perspectives on united fronts against fascism and the far right.” The framework for our panel this morning is “Unity against the Right: A historical approach.” There are in fact many histories of such united resistance, each with … Keep reading »

  • Changes and Continuity: Four Decades of Industrial Relations in China

    China’s economic reforms started exactly forty years ago. Labour scholars today are debating the extent to which labour relations and the labour movement in China have changed, and where they may be heading. Positions are polarized between pessimists who emphasise the structural power of the market and the authoritarian state, and optimists who envision the … Keep reading »

  • Ford’s Attack on Local Democracy in Toronto

    Ontario’s new Conservative government, under the leadership of Premier Doug Ford, has launched a cynical attack on local democracy and government in Toronto. Cutting by almost half the numbers of wards and elected representatives in the middle of an election campaign undermines the electoral process itself. It’s the kind of thing we would expect from … Keep reading »

  • Disabled People in UK Lead Fight Against Austerity

    On July 20, I was truly honoured to represent the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) at the International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit, in Stratford, east London that had been convened by one of our key allies in the UK, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). This powerful gathering was an important moment in the … Keep reading »

  • Working Class Movement Must Be Independent

    South African Federation of Trade Unions says workers are not at summit to moan but to announce a radical and revolutionary programme. Keep reading »

  • The Lessons of the World Cup for our Victim Culture

    That we are living in an age of victim culture is well-exemplified by an article recently published by the CBC suggesting that minorities “feel apprehensive about heading into the wild because they don’t see themselves reflected in the outdoor industry and media.” The underlying premise is that a paucity of representations of members of these … Keep reading »

  • Mexico: Violence, Corruption and Inequality — AMLO to the Rescue?

    The victory in Mexico’s presidential election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), under the rubric of his relatively new ‘progressive’ Morena party, is both unsurprising and surprising. It’s unsurprising because AMLO had a huge and increasing lead in the opinion polls leading up to polling day. And Mexico’s 88 million voters (out of 127 million … Keep reading »

  • Israel’s New Basic Law and the Making of the Apartheid State

    The Socialist Project (SP) joins Israeli, Palestinian, and international civil society organizations in condemning the “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People” which recently passed the Israeli Knesset (with 62 in favor, 55 against and two abstentions on 19 July 2018). The Jewish supremacy enshrined in the law amounts to the … Keep reading »

  • UN Office Calls for Probe Into Human Rights in Kashmir

    A conference in Mississauga July 7, convened by the Kashmir Welfare Society, marked the first organized response in Canada to a United Nations report calling for an investigation of human rights violations in this divided South Asian territory. More than 200 participants adopted a resolution calling on the government of India to withdraw troops from … Keep reading »

  • Border Capitalism, Disrupted

    Precarity and Struggle in a Southeast Asian Industrial Zone Through to the back of the cremation grounds where the fields of sugarcane begin, Ko Soe and I coast our bicycles to a stop. It is mid-December, and the sugarcane stocks are tall now, taller than us. Somewhere amid these fields Myanmar migrant workers from the nearby … Keep reading »