Pamphlets

  • Basic Income In The Neoliberal Age

    From the very first days of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), at the beginning of the 1990s, we have found ourselves on the front lines of a war on the poor that has been of central importance to the implementation of broader neoliberal austerity. In Canada, the undermining of these income support systems, both … Keep reading »

  • May Day: Workers’ Struggles, International Solidarity, Political Aspirations

    For more than 100 years, May Day has symbolized the common struggles of workers around the globe. Why is it largely ignored in North America? The answer lies in part in American labour’s long repression of its own radical past, out of which international May Day was actually born a century ago. It is more … Keep reading »

  • Global Issues: Bringing Class Back In

    The new trade unionism of the 1930s brought dramatic new tactics such as the sit-downs, new strategies that included industry-wide bargaining, and spread new forms of in-plant democracy based on the shop steward system. Today, union structures are again in crisis, but nothing comparable to the labour explosion of the 30s has yet emerged or … Keep reading »

  • Austerity Against Democracy: An Authoritarian Phase of Neoliberalism?

    From its very beginnings, the new doctrine of neoliberalism was quite consciously set in opposition to socialism as an alternate economic and democratic order to capitalism and as an unyielding defender of private property. In its specific programmatic mandate, neoliberalism was an offspring of the Great Depression and set against Keynesian state intervention. But however … Keep reading »

  • Free Transit

    Public transit lies at the intersection of several critical social struggles today. Affordable (or free) public transit is an important mechanism for redistribution, and particularly targets low income women and people of colour. A central component of public policies to address climate change must be mass expenditures on public transit to reduce reliance on private … Keep reading »

  • The Arab Revolts Against Neoliberalism

    Completely unexpected, 2011 has emerged as a year of revolt against neoliberalism and austerity, from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Plaça de Catalunya of the indignados to Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street. The overthrow of long-standing authoritarian regimes in the Arab world re-asserted the moral and organizational capacities of workers and popular movements to … Keep reading »

  • Ideas for the Struggle

    What’s happening is a renovation of left-wing thought. The ideas of revolutions that we used to defend in the 1970s and 1980s, in practice, have not materialized. So, left-wing thought has had to open itself up to new realities and search for new interpretations. It has had to develop more flexibility in order to understand … Keep reading »

  • Financial Meltdown

    Canada, the Economic Crisis and Political Struggle Over the last quarter century, the left in most of the developed world has been marginalized as a social force. The ‘culture of possibilities’ for left alternatives has correspondingly narrowed. But historic changes, above all the discrediting of neoliberalism, hold out the potential of at long last reversing that … Keep reading »

  • The Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism?

    If we believe in people, if we believe that the goal of a human society must be that of “ensuring overall human development,” our choice is clear: socialism or barbarism. These concluding lines from “The Path to Human Development” appear on the back cover of one Venezuelan edition – a pocket-sized edition much like the … Keep reading »

  • Socialist Project Labour Movement Platform

    As workers, we are today confronted with the challenge of defending what we have and making gains in the face of an ever-expanding and relentless employer offensive. The employers’ drive to increase productivity and profits – central to capitalism everywhere – demands that we accept job loss and insecurity, concessions, new forms of speedup, and … Keep reading »

  • The Oaxaca Commune

    The Other Indigenous Rebellion in Mexico This essay explores the extraordinary experience of the Oaxaca Commune in Mexico, an experience of grass-roots rebellion and self-government that has put forth an alternative model of struggle to the electoralist model of the PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática – Party of the Democratic Revolution) and to that of … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis in Manufacturing Jobs: Struggling for Answers

    The last weeks of May have seen major demonstrations of workers’ discontent with the crisis that has been unfolding in Canada’s manufacturing sector. Some 52,000 jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector since January alone. The demonstrations were kicked off on May 23 by protests by the USW at nine plants, as part of … Keep reading »