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by Editors — last modified 2017-11-11T12:55:50-04:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

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.

Understanding Venezuela | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jul 18, 2017 08:44 AM
Corporate media reports on Venezuela depicting the current situation make it difficult for casual observers on the left to understand what is going on. While this has been the case even when Chavez was president, it has become harder to get a clear analysis.
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