Features

by Editors — last modified 2017-02-02T09:57:36-04:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

Student and Youth (Un)Employment

by Graham Cox — last modified Dec 19, 2011 03:15 PM
A quick comment on youth unemployment in response to a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' blog post. Student unemployment in the current economic system cannot be properly addressed without state intervention.

Gradstudents Respond to NB Flat Tax Scheme

by Graham Cox and Neil Cole — last modified Oct 30, 2008 01:25 PM
In June 2008, New Brunswick's Department of Finance released a paper entitled ``A Discussion Paper on New Brunswick's Tax System". The report recommends implementation of a flat-tax system, a dramatic decrease in corporate tax rates, and increases in consumption taxes. Unfortunately, the discussion paper paints an overly flattering picture of its proposed changes and ignores the negative consequences of a flat-tax system.

Neoliberalism in Latin America

by Lara Kelly — last modified Oct 29, 2008 12:38 PM
Neoliberalism as an economic ideology is spreading throughout the world via international financial institutions and transnational corporate hegemony. The effects of this colonial phenomenon is especially acute in Latin America where many nations faced debt crises directly related to the international economic system. In order for many nations in Latin America to deal with this economic crisis, they were forced to cede democratic control of their economies to these international actors. Although democratic procedures exist in most countries in Latin America which are implementing the reforms, real democracy is maimed by international economic interference in policy-making. Procedural democracy legitimizes the damaging effects which ensue from the neoliberal reform process. This is evident when we examine the nature of international lending institutions, the power of international capital, the degradation of worker and peasant lives, and the lack of popular opposition.

Canada is Deeply Scarring the Haitian Poor –the People Must Remove this Dagger

by Asaf Rashid — last modified Oct 29, 2008 12:36 PM
Most notably, Canada’s gash has been made through participation in the February 29, 2004 coup of democratically-elected Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide and through the bloody aftermath that has followed the coup. The process ultimately breaks down into a class war pitting the elites in Haiti, Canada, France and the United States against the extreme poor people of Haiti—and indirectly against the poor people of Canada. But none of the significance in cruelty of Canada’s involvement in Haiti, and what it means in a bigger picture of historical oppression, can be understood without first dipping into the past.

A Tale of Two Protests, Discrimination, and a Somewhat Public Space

by Asaf Rashid — last modified Oct 29, 2008 12:31 PM
When does a protest become illegal? Do rights to freedom of expression depend on who you are? These are only two questions amongst many that come to mind in response to the differential treatment by City of Fredericton staff and members of the Fredericton Police force to two different groups in the summer of 2006.

Labour Le Travail: A Significant Collection in Canada's Working Class History

by Dana Brown — last modified Oct 29, 2008 10:30 AM
Labour / Le Travail is a bilingual and biannual journal covering a broad range of approaches to studying the working class in Canada. Based out of Newfoundland's Memorial University, L / LT has received international acclaim as a pioneer in Canadian working class history. This journal was born out of the political and socially tumultuous years of the '60s and '70s. Labour / Le Travail emerges from the New Left movement, and it might, as Verity Burgmann alludes, be a product of increased access by working class youth to universities across the country during the ‘50s and '60s.[1] The journal received its intellectual inspiration by a circle of historians inside the Communist Party of Great Britain, such as Eric Hobsbawn and E. P. Thompson.[2]
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