Tag: Surveillance

  • On the Democratic Character of Socialist Revolution

    Under the headline “Why Kautsky was right,” Eric Blanc wrote: “Leninists for decades have hinged their strategy on the need for an insurrection to overthrow the entire parliamentary state and to place all power into the hands of workers’ councils.” When I read these words, my mind went back to a day 40 years earlier … Keep reading »

  • Between Dystopia and Democratic Socialism

    The idea of socialism has been re-discovered by a layer of activists struggling for radical change, especially young people. Keep reading »

  • Launching the Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right

    It is becoming increasingly clear that we are at one of those historical moments that compel socialists to undertake a serious calibration of the political forces amassing on the right. This stems partly from the electoral breakthrough far-right parties have made in Europe as the global financial crisis and unrelenting austerity continue to take their … Watch video »

  • Neoliberalism and the Decline of Democracy

    John Weeks In one of his last books Eric Hobsbawm argued that the conflict between capitalism and communism determined the course of the twentieth century (thus the title, The Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991). This confrontation of socioeconomic ideologies without doubt dominated European and global history, especially after 1945. As I argue in … Keep reading »

  • The Scandalization of Politics: On FordLisi, HarperDuffy, and a Few Others

    We are gripped by scandal. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is implicated in a top-level cover up of illegal expense claims by one his own foot soldiers: now-suspended Senator Mike Duffy. In Toronto, police surveillance data reveal that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Alessandro Lisi (his “occasional driver and friend” !?!) move effortlessly between … Keep reading »

  • First Nations Under Surveillance

    Harper Government Prepares for First Nations “Unrest” Internal documents from Indian Affairs and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) show that shortly after forming government in January of 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the federal government tighten up on gathering and sharing intelligence on First Nations to anticipate and manage potential First Nation unrest across … Keep reading »