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by Editors — last modified 2017-10-20T08:21:55-04:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

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.

Fees, taxes, and revenue generation | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Apr 24, 2017 07:49 PM
There has been a recent uptick in discussions around the failure of the private sector to provide quality services. From airlines to infrastructure, from safe jobs to retirement, from the transition to a low-carbon environment to agrochemical companies poisoning the ground, from the cost of rent to the price of housing. People in the US are starting to realize that the private sector in a deregulated market is not able to stop greed from doing harm to many things we enjoy.

Has the meaning of "organizing" been forgotten? | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Mar 27, 2017 05:31 PM
Rising inequality, US anti-union laws crushing organized labour south of the boarder, and the slow unrelenting decline of union density here in Canada has renewed the focus on labour union organizing. The response from the leadership of the movement has been focused -- rightly -- on changes to law regulating labour unions that make it harder to organize. However, changing labour laws will not undo the slow decline in union density alone. Unions will also have to actually go out and talk to workers, sign them up, establish a local, bargain a first agreement, and enforce those terms.
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