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Hands off Rosa Luxemburg!

The following article from 1932 is a short but impassioned defence of the legacy of the German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, murdered 100 years ago in the cause of working class liberation. The article, authored by Leon Trotsky, skillfully refutes the slanders made by Josef Stalin against Luxemburg in a 1931 article—slanders which include her not being a revolutionary. In particular, repeated attempts were made by Stalin to drive a wedge between Lenin and Luxemburg. While certain disagreements did exist between these two figures (and these are by no means unimportant), Luxemburg stood firmly in the camp of Bolshevism after 1917, and this was recognized by practically everyone at the time.

Luxemburg, Liebknecht and the German Revolution

Rosa LuxemburgTo commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Rosa Luxemburg, we share this article by Marie Frederiksen, author of The Revolutionary Heritage of Rosa Luxemburg. Marie explains how the Spartacist Uprising of 1919 was defeated due to the weakness and mistakes of the young German Communist Party, ultimately resulting in Luxemburg’s execution. These events are also explored in Germany 1918-1933: Socialism or Barbarism, available now from WellRed Books.

Why Marxists oppose immigration controls

Stand with Migrant WorkersSince the beginning of the crisis of 2008, anti-immigrant parties and movements have made headway in Europe and the United States. They have even managed to win over certain layers of the working class to their programme. This has led a section of the labour movement to adapt itself to these ideas, calling for stricter border controls, justifying its position with quotations from Marx. Such short-sighted policies have nothing to do with Marx or the traditions of the First, Second or Third International, as we shall demonstrate.

Canadian tax system favours the rich

Income TaxEarlier last year, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) conducted a survey of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) professionals. The PIPSC found that out of 1,741 workers surveyed, 90% agreed with the statement that, "It is easier for corporations and wealthy individuals to evade and/or avoid tax responsibilities than it is for average Canadians." 

Twenty years since the sale of Highway 407: The failure of privatization

407signThis fall marks 20 years since the Ontario Conservative government of former Premier Mike Harris started the sale of King's Highway 407. When cabinet member Rob Sampson, a career banker, tabled Bill 70 in the Ontario Legislature on Oct. 10, 1998, the Government stated that it was to be “an Act to engage the private sector in improving transportation infrastructure, reducing traffic congestion, creating jobs, and stimulating economic activity through the sale of Highway 407.”

[VIDEO] Bob Rae, Mike Harris, and the fight against Doug Ford (Part Two)

RaeHarrisFordPart2In part two of his history of Ontario in the 1990s, Alex Grant details the experience of the fight against the Mike Harris Conservatives. In response to government poor bashing and massive attacks on organized labour, a series of citywide general strikes, the “Metro Days of Action,” were organized across Ontario. At its height this movement brought out more than one million workers in the 1996 Toronto general strike, and yet this event is almost totally forgotten today. This movement had the potential to bring down the Harris government, but it was sold out by the labour leadership and the opportunity was missed. Facing similar attacks today, militant workers and youth need to assimilate this history in order to build a new movement that does not commit the mistakes of its predecessors.

[VIDEO] Bob Rae, Mike Harris, and the fight against Doug Ford (Part One)

Bob Rae Mike Harris and the fight against Doug FordThose who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The election of the right-populist Doug Ford government in Ontario, as well as the CAQ government in Quebec, share similarities with the experience of class struggle in Ontario in the 1990s. In July of this year Fightback editor Alex Grant spoke on the lessons of the 1990s for the struggles of today. This is a forgotten history that needs to be reclaimed by the movement against the vitriol of the right wing, and the apologism of the reformists and labour bureaucrats.

GM, Canada Post, and the death of the post-war social contract

Protestor at emergency Unifor meeting (Photo credit: EDUARDO LIMA / THE CANADIAN PRESS)On Monday, 26th November, 2018 Canada’s post-war social contract finally died, after a long period of ill health. At her bedside were two who were present at her birth, Oshawa auto workers and striking postal workers. Her passing was due to systematic abuse and abandonment by corporations and government. She is survived by a labour relations regime of naked class war. In lieu of flowers, bring picket signs and burn barrels.

Supreme Court ruling on Indigenous consultation reveals true face of the Canadian state

NDP MP Romeo Saganash  (Photo Credit : SEAN KILPATRICK/CP)Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash recently made headlines for his declaration in Parliament that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “doesn’t give a fuck” about the rights of Indigenous people. His declamation came in response to Trudeau’s commitment to build the Trans Mountain pipeline “no matter what”, as well as government statements that it, “will not be able to accommodate all Indigenous concerns.”

The Struggle Against Trans Oppression

Fightback At Trans MarchIn recent years, transgender rights and issues have gained widespread public attention with some advances being made as the result of the diligent organizing efforts of trans activists and community organizations. Most provinces in Canada now allow for a change of gender on identification without requiring gender reassignment surgery and have included gender identity and expression in their human rights acts as prohibited grounds of discrimination. Bill C-16 was passed at the federal level in June of 2017, adding protection for gender identity and expression to the Canadian Human Rights Code and the Criminal Code. However, despite these advances transgender people continue to face an alarming degree of discrimination, violence and harassment.

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