Say no to demonization of Niki Ashton and Jeremy Corbyn
In an article full of errors and mistruths, the National Post attempted to demonize socialists with false allegations of antisemitism. Reacting to left NDP MP Niki Ashton’s plan to feature former British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at an online event, the right-wing National Post sought to mobilize “shock and revulsion” against these prominent socialists. This attempt to “cancel” Ashton and Corbyn is hypocritical in the extreme, given that the Post is currently waging a campaign against so-called “cancel culture”. For the right wing, anybody spouting racist ideas is a heroic fighter for free speech, while anybody opposing the oppression of Palestinians is a terrible antisemite who needs to be shut down.
In Defence of Materialism
How do we acquire knowledge? Is there a real world beyond our senses? And if so, what is our relation to it? In this important theoretical contribution, marxist.com editor Alan Woods mounts a defence of materialism against idealism and the obscurantist, postmodernist subjectivism popular on university campuses today.
Culture & Philosophy
Toronto sues man who… helped homeless people?
In mid-February a fire tore through several tents in a Victoria homeless encampment. A week later, another fire broke out in a Winnipeg homeless encampment leaving one person dead. A day after that, a fire in a Toronto homeless encampment left another person dead. Responses to these tragedies from politicians and city officials have been […]
Myanmar: what is to be done?
A powerful show of anger and opposition to the military coup launched at the beginning of February was evident on the streets of cities across Myanmar last Monday (February 22nd), as a general strike paralysed the country, from Myitkyina in the north, to Bhamo near the Chinese border, to Pyinmana in the centre. The protest rallies were […]
Judas and the Black Messiah review: Timely portrait of a socialist martyr
A recurring lesson in history is that no ruling class ever gives up its wealth, power and privileges without a fight. Those who threaten the existing order face the most savage repression. The state, which represents the interests of the ruling class, will use every means at its disposal to destroy those who challenge this […]
Culture & Philosophy
Legault’s hypocritical “war on woke”
Quebec premier, François Legault’s latest threat to intervene in universities to “protect our freedom of expression” reeks of hypocrisy. In reality, it will serve as a pretext for rightwing ideas to be more prevalent on campuses, while restricting the ability to criticize them.
Capitalism’s Weather Disaster in Texas
Last week, a devastating winter storm hammered Texas and wreaked havoc on 90% of the state’s energy infrastructure. The crisis caused a loss of heat, unreliable water utilities, and structural damage to homes. A projected four million people were without power at one point. Nearly 70 deaths have been attributed to this disaster, and magnitudes […]
Alberta’s UCP hijacks teachers’ pensions
Alberta’s teachers received a not-so-welcome holiday gift this year: a ministerial order hijacking their hard earned pension funds. The money will now be funnelled into the controversial Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). This last minute move by United Conservative Party (UCP) Finance Minister Travis Toews quietly skipped the news cycle, as it was executed only […]
Quebec: Private health-care capitalists profit from the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing an already ailing public health system to the brink. Meanwhile, capitalists are taking advantage of the situation to enrich themselves. It is high time to expropriate these private health-care parasites. The health-care system is reaching the breaking point While the peak of the second wave seems to have passed, the […]
Ottawa v. Beijing: A pot calling the kettle black
In recent days, Canada’s Parliament voted 266-0 to define China’s treatment of Uighurs, an ethnic minority in China, as a “genocide.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself rejects the label, although he agrees with every charge behind it. Most Liberal MPs voted in favour. The mostly symbolic vote is just the latest in the U.S.-led campaign […]