• Marx’s Theory and Philosophy of Praxis: Between academia and ideology

    Hungarian writer and historian György Dalos described his relationship to Marx in a short, reflective piece that appeared in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung on 25 October 2017. In it, he claims that Marx drew upon that age-old human ideal of a society living in wealth and security and without fear of violence or retribution; and … Keep reading »

  • The Mirage of Pension-Fund Activism

    Pension-fund activism is a dead-end. Organizing and empowering workers is still the only way to revive the labour movement. Review of David Webber’s The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon. Keep reading »

  • On Consumerism, Capitalism, and Ecosocialism

    Sebastian Livingston provides an introduction to an ecosocialist approach to production and consumption and looking at some issues that are problematic in achieving an ecological society. Keep reading »

  • First Nations Leaders Pledge to Block Pipeline Expansion

    At the 2015 Paris COP 21 climate conference Justin Trudeau pledged his newly-elected government would help “to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius as well as pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.” The strategy adopted was two-pronged and contradictory on its face: implementing gradual carbon price increases … Keep reading »

  • Fascistic Politics in India and the Left

    India is experiencing something like a national emergency. This is in the form of persistent, nation-wide attacks on the basic democratic rights of ordinary citizens, by hyper-nationalist and communal forces which are supporting, and which are supported by, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They are especially targeting religious minorities, secularists, Leftists, as well as dalits. No … Keep reading »

  • Thirty-Five Years of Comintern Publishing: A Balancesheet

    In June 1983, after returning home from my shift in a machine shop in Brampton, Ontario, I received a visit from two leaders of the New York-based socialist publisher Pathfinder Press, Mary-Alice Waters and Barry Sheppard. They asked me to head up a full-time project to translate, edit, and publish the record of world revolutionary … Keep reading »

  • Another Stream of Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    The Dodge Ram Trucks’ 2018 Super Bowl ad, harnessing the rousing oratory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to service, the “Drum Major Instinct” speech, to loving close-ups of 350-horsepower pickup trucks, attracted instant, widespread condemnation. Many lampooned the use of King’s image to sell trucks, and a parody of the ad, recut with King’s … Keep reading »

  • “Before all else a revolutionist”: Marx and the Question of Strategy

    The multiple crises of capitalism go hand in hand with the multiple crises of the left. And amidst these crises, we find ourselves commemorating the 200th birthday of Karl Marx and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Capital. But how are we to treat Marx and his works? How important … Keep reading »

  • Argentine Newspapers Recuperated by Workers’ Cooperatives

    The formation of workers’ cooperatives to recuperate companies about to close their doors or which have already declared bankruptcy has occurred more frequently in the country, writes Carolina de Assis. Keep reading »

  • Madrid Repression of the Catalan Movement: Call for International Solidarity

    The Spanish state’s repression against Catalonia’s democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. Keep reading »

  • Off the Map: Disabilities and Just Mobility

    In rankings of the U.S.’s best urban public transportation systems, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, and New York usually hover at the top. At the bottom are smaller and poorer cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Omaha, and Oklahoma City. The overall takeaway is no surprise: well-resourced cities have better public transit systems than their more economically … Keep reading »

  • Bringing Back The Lucas Plan

    “We got to do something now, the company are not going to do anything and we got to protect ourselves,” proclaimed a shop steward at Lucas Aerospace when filmed by a 1978 documentary by the Open University. He was explaining the rationale behind the so-called Alternative Corporate Plan, better known as the Lucas Plan. It … Keep reading »