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by Editors — last modified 2017-12-31T10:56:37-05:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

State Power Apologists and Propaganda | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jan 01, 2018 01:26 PM
State propaganda is sophisticated. To a point that we do not even call it "propaganda" any more. Narratives glorifying soldiers of war, spies, and good cops defending the poor and innocent from external threats are everywhere in Western media. All celebrating the moral individual fighting an immoral other. Or, the take down of a Rogue by a broken state system made up of good people.

Reading my way through 2017

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Dec 31, 2017 10:30 AM
January 2017 was somewhat of a low point. Living in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the president of the United States had a chilling effect not just on me, but on everything and everyone around me. Reading the news became more depressing than before, and I was uninspired to write—my usual remedy to seasonal blues.

Book Review: Brother by David Chariandy

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Dec 30, 2017 01:21 PM
David Chariandy’s second novel is set in Scarborough, Ontario in the ’90s: a backdrop that turns out to be a brilliant soundtrack for the story of a teenage boy. Raised by a single mother who came from Trinidad, Michael grows up in a large residential complex called The Park. Brother is an impressive story about family, struggle, grief and violence.

Transfers of Wealth and Snake-Oil Promoters | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Dec 20, 2017 10:09 AM
There is something not quite right with the regulation of the financial-technology world. The focus of regulation since the financial crisis was on risk (even if these have since been rolled back). However, the main problem in the end might have not been the high risk, but that the negative consequences of high risk are not borne by those taking the risk.

The Third Way Science "Revolution" Is Nonsense | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Dec 18, 2017 11:13 AM
We are not going to fix the influx of commercialism into research programs at Canadian universities by turning everyone into a commercial research agent. More commercialism would obviously exacerbate the problem of underfunding of basic research. But, that is exactly what the nice sounding "cooperative" Third Way is selling.

Naming Capitals | What's Left Guest Editorial

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Dec 11, 2017 09:07 AM
For the republican Arab world, the past twelve years have been defined by foreign invasion, civil and proxy wars, revolution and counter-revolution. It has been devastating. However, it should be remembered that, within the republican Arab world, the twenty-first century began with the American backed crushing of the second Palestinian uprising (intifada).

What to write about? | What's Left 100th Edition

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Nov 14, 2017 02:38 PM
Reading the news today is like living through a poorly written dystopian novel, but without any of the exciting grittiness that comes with a real apocalypse or the fun of Zombieland. And, the current contradictions make it difficult to focus on a topic to write about. We have economic growth with rising inequality. Right-wing populism without a populist left-wing response. The decline of social democratic parties, but with a rising acceptance of democratic socialist values. Increased access to knowledge, but less real understanding. Increased politicization, but no clear path to political power. It makes one's head spin.

Book Review: Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 10, 2017 01:13 PM
Toronto Star journalist Tanya Talaga takes a dive into a crisis based in the northern community of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since the year 2000, seven Indigenous high school students have died in circumstances that are too similar to discount. Questions around the events leading to their deaths remain unanswered to this day. In every case, it was found that the police systematically failed to provide the families with due process and a sense of justice. In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report in 2015, Seven Fallen Feathers is required reading.

Norwegian elections: Another right-wing victory & a serious Labour defeat | Asbjørn Wahl

by Asbjørn Wahl, Norwegian trade union and political activist — last modified Sep 20, 2017 10:39 AM
The centre-left failed in getting rid of the so-called blue-blue government at the parliamentary elections in Norway on 11 September. The Labour Party was the main loser, while small parties on the centre-left advanced slightly. However, the parliamentary basis of the right-wing government has started to unravel. A deeper political crisis may be looming in the background, while social contradictions are on the raise. Social Democracy followed the general European downward tendency (except Britain).

Artificial Intelligence versus the Human Mind | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jul 18, 2017 08:48 AM
The fear of robots taking all the jobs (and the silliness of those arguments) is an issue that has been much discussed, including in What's Left This Week. Are robots replacing humans on production lines? Of course. But, it is important to understand the logic that leads to this happening because the problem isn't that robots are taking peoples' jobs.
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