The Scarlet Standard is a podcast focused on Canadian political-economy and Toronto-based political activism from an internationalist socialist perspective. We also host interviews with authors, academics, activists, and organizers on the Left. It is hosted by Bruce Kecskes and Amadeus Narbutt.

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Worst Case Ontario

April 26, 2021

In this episode we discuss Doug Ford’s disastrous mismanagement of the Covid crisis in Ontario, and dissect the results of the recent 2021 NDP Federal Party Convention. Listen to audio »


Socialists on Social Media /w Dr. Tanner Mirrlees

April 11, 2021

In the digital age, socialists have used the Internet to their advantage, both for messaging and organizing. But what kind of a radical politics can really emerge from the clutches of capital and their dominance of Big Tech? Listen to audio »


The Limits of Co-ops /w Dr. Sharryn Kasmir

March 25, 2021

In a time where the Left is desperately searching for a viable alternative model to global capitalism, co-ops have emerged as an easy reference to a potential future system. Listen to audio »


Pharma Failure

March 6, 2021

We discuss the failure of Bill C-213 to pass its Second Reading in the House of Commons. It would have started the process of creating a national pharmacare program in Canada. Listen to audio »


Ontario’s Care Crisis /w Pat Armstrong

February 21, 2021

We continue our discussion of the crisis in long-term care homes in Ontario. This time we are joined by Dr. Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. Listen to audio »