Tag: Socialism21

  • The Tightrope of Socialist Politics and Governance in Canada

    Obstacles, Dilemmas, Strategy One of the more persistent irritants amongst supporters of the New Democratic Party (NDP) has been its longstanding inability to replace the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) as the country’s alternative to the different iterations of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). This irritation has been amplified by the LPC’s habit of campaigning … Keep reading »

  • Lessons from Bolivia: A View from Cuba

    Sad news comes from Bolivia. The coup has been accomplished. Once again, the military has decided the game in our Latin American region, treading on the very Constitution they swore to defend. President Evo Morales and Vice-President Álvaro García Linera resigned. They said it was to avoid further bloodshed. It’s the end of an era … Keep reading »

  • Green Designs for 21st Century Socialism

    Before turning to the subject matter at hand two abiding issues in Marxist thinking need to be addressed. First, when Marx inveighed against Utopian Socialist futuristic model building, he never intended it to become a mantra dissuading socialists from thinking practically about socialist institutional design. Rather, Marx simply insisted that such endeavors only be undertaken … Keep reading »

  • How do we build socialism in Canada?

    Sadia Khan, Corvin Russell, and Sharmeen Khan have a discussion based on the following question: “How do we work to build socialism?” Listen to audio »

  • Transforming Capitalist Power: From the Streets to the State

    The communist playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote, “The individual can be annihilated/But the Party cannot be annihilated” (1977, 29). And yet, in the neoliberal era, the Party has been annihilated – only the individual remains. Or so it seemed until a few years ago. Communist parties have become insignificant political forces, or, as in China, … Keep reading »

  • Manifestos and Socialisms for the 21st Century

    A review of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality. Keep reading »

  • Socialist Strategy and the Capitalist Democratic State

    Analysis of the Leninist and the social democratic conceptions of the state, and the need to develop a democratic socialist politics for the 21st century. Keep reading »

  • The Strategic Question Revisited: Ten Theses

    In 2006 Daniel Bensaïd made a very important call to reopen the debate on the ‘politico-strategic’ question. This call was made amidst a series of discussions within the European anticapitalist Left at a moment when signs of hope, such as the new wave of militancy associated with the anti-globalization movement, were combined with strategic contradictions, … Keep reading »

  • A Populist Moment? Learning from Corbyn, Sanders, Mélenchon and Iglesias in Germany

    Mario Candeias analyses how to connect the different forces, and how can populist momentum carry forward a popular project? Keep reading »

  • Hard Question, No Answers

    I knew it would be coming: an essay in The Bullet trumpeting the “breakthrough” of Québec Solidaire (QS) in the recent Québec election. I agree: it was a breakthrough. QS increased its seat totals from 3 to 10, and won 16 per cent of the popular vote (over 600,000 votes). Unfortunately, their right-wing rivals, the … Keep reading »

  • A Manifesto for Socialist Development in the 21st Century

    In early 2017, it was revealed that eight men owned as much wealth as half the world’s population (Oxfam 2017). This is in a world where, according to the most conservative figures, around one in three workers live in poverty. More realistic calculations show that the majority of the world’s population suffers from poverty of … Keep reading »

  • Revolutionary Optimism: Journeys in Radical Politics Past and Present

    On the Reality Asserts Itself program of The RealNews network, Prof. Leo Panitch is interviewed by host Paul Jay. This is a four-part interview – recorded in March 2018. Watch video »