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  1. The Abolition of the State
    Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2007
    Both Anarchists and Marxists believe that it will be possible to do away with the state. But what do they mean by that? What is the state, after all? What institutions, if any, would be necessary to replace its functions? Would a transitional “dictatorship of the proletariat” be needed or will it be possible to immediately abolish the state? Does modern technology require a centralized institution such as the state? Throughout the history of revolutions, the people have created workplace councils and neighborhood assemblies--how could these replace the state?
  2. Advanced Capitalism and the Revolutionary Left
    Towards a New Practice

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1973
    The programme of the Winnipeg Labour Collective, its understanding of socialism's past forms and its conception of socialism's future.
  3. Against Activism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    "Activism" stands in contrast to organizing. Organizing aims to bring people together to build and exercise power, informed by a strategic vision for acquiring power and changing society. To be an "activist" now merely means to advocate for change, and the hows and whys of that advocacy are unclear. Activist is a generic category associated with oddly specific stereotypes: today, the term signals not so much a certain set of political opinions or behaviours as a certain temperament. Worse, many activists seem to relish their marginalization, interpreting their small numbers as evidence of their specialness, their membership in an exclusive and righteous clique, effectiveness be damned.
  4. Against Capitalism
    The European Left on the March

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2007
  5. Against Sectarianism
    The Challenge of the Labor Party

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1974
    Members of the Socialist League argue that Trotskyist-socialists should continue to work within the NDP with the goal of winning the ranks of the NDP to a socialist program.
  6. Against the Current
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1986
    Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
  7. The Agony of the American Left
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1969
    A series of essays analyzing the issues facing socialism in the United States.
  8. Anarchism and the Anti-Globalization Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2001
    Barbara Epstein analyzes the influence of anarchism on the history of American social protest, and its role in the anti-globalization resistance movement of the present day.
  9. Anarchism vs. Marxism: A few notes on an old theme 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    Anarchist critiques of Marxism typically reveal a lack of knowledge of what Karl Marx actually wrote, resulting in sterile denunciations of a straw-man opponent.
  10. Anarchist St. Imier International
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An international anarchist organization formed in 1872.
  11. Bakunin vs. Marx 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    The anarchist-Marxist split started with Bakunin, who systematically misrepresented Marx's positions.
  12. Beyond the Fragments 
    Feminism and the Making of Socialism

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1979   Published: 1980
    A call for various fractions of the left to unite and work for a socialism through grass-roots activism.
  13. Break Their Haughty Power 
    Resource Type: Website
    Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
  14. Canada: Activists Face the Future
    Against The Current vol. 91

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2001
    Electoral politics present challenging problems for labor movements all over the world. In the absence of strong working class parties, labor activists are often compelled to support parties that implement anti-worker legislation simply because they represent a lesser evil. While reforms are certainly necessary, the investment of activist energy and resources into the electoral process can often distract union and social justice organizations, preventing them from undertaking the important task of generating solidarity within more impoverished segments of the working class.
  15. Canada's 1960s 
    The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2008
    A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
  16. The Canadian Jewish Outlook Anthology
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1988
    A broad range of articles about secular Jewish life and socialist values.
  17. The Canadian Left 
    A Critical Analysis

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1977
    The main focus of the book is the emergence and development of Canadian socialist thought. Penner examines the origins of the Communist Party of Canada and its ideological base and the beginings and development of the CCF-NDP.
  18. The Canadian Left Debates Its Future
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1979
    A debate on left strategies which collects wide-ranging responses from a variety of sources to Canadian Dimension's special issue on Eurocommunism, compiled in the hope that this exchange will advance the level of discussion and provoke still further debate in the ranks of the Canadian left.
  19. The Caribbean Left's Legacy
    Against The Current vol. 112

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2004
    Sara Abraham interviews Eusi Kwayana of The Working People's Alliance (WPA) in Guyana. The WPA continued to organize and build its ranks through a democratic socialist multi racial agenda, but has continuously been marginalized by the two party system, wining only one or two seats in each election.
  20. Catalyst
    Organization profile published 2007

    Resource Type: Organization
    A campaigning think tank for the labour movement and the left, committed to developing and promoting practical policies for the redistribution wealth, power, and opportunity.
  21. The collective decides...
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1991
    The obsession with 'process politics' leads to an obsession with all aspects of internal structure and its working. As a result, the collective can often lose sight of its larger political objectives and the primacy of the form of organisation over the political objectives it was set up to meet. This often occurs in two stages. At the outset the collective process is regarded as equally important to whatever political purposes the group might have. Later the process itself often comes to be seen as of primary importance
  22. Coming Home to the Struggle
    Against The Current vol. 134

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my grade school. At the local YWCA girls club my sister and I were the only whites. The young Black women I became close to helped me overcome painful shyness. Later my father, a Methodist minister, was arrested trying to integrate churches in Jackson, Mississippi.
  23. The Common Good
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1998
    Interviews with Noam Chomsky on the U.S. and the world.
  24. Communist League
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    The first Marxist international organization. It was founded originally as the League of the Just by German workers in Paris in 1836.
  25. The Communist Manifesto 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1848
    Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as the theoretical and practical platform of the Communist League, a workers' association.
  26. Communist Workers International
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Founded around the Manifesto of the Fourth Communist International, published by the Communist Workers' Party of Germany (KAPD) in 1921.
  27. Connexions Digest
    Issue 50 - December 1989 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1989
  28. Connexions Digest
    Issue 51 - May 1990 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1990
  29. Critique of the Gotha Programme 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1875
    Karl Marx's criticisms of the programme adopted by congress to unite the two German socialist parties in 1875.
  30. Defending the Left
    An Individual's Guide to Fighting for Social Justice, Individual Rights, and the Environment

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1992
  31. Democracy Against Politics
    Against The Current vol. 136

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    “¡Que se vayan todos!” shouted rebellious crowds during the Argentine economic crisis of 2001, “Out with them all!” The call soon spread throughout Latin America: for a new politics without politicians and a new society without social elites. Many radicals have been inspired by the movements that seemed to rise with so much energy and idealism from this foundational fire. Others have been quick to criticize the inadequacy of movements which seem to have forgotten that economic exploitation is more fundamental than political oppression, and that exploitation is held up by political power which must be seized rather than ignored.
  32. Didn't See The Same Movie
    Review of Max Elbaum, Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2003
  33. Docs Populi
    Documents for the public

    Resource Type: Website
    Dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century.
  34. Essays on the Left
    Essays in Honour of T.C. Douglas

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1971
    Essays collected as a tribute to T.C. Douglas on the occasion of his retirement ad leader of the New Democratic Party.
  35. Eurocentrism 
    Resource Type: Book
    Amin argues that Eurocentrism is an ideological distortion, a myth and historical fallacy and argues for a new social, economic, cultural and political system based on socialist universalism.
  36. Everything you wanted to know about sects but were afraid to ask
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    We would rather fight for what we want (even if we don#t get it in our lifetime) than fight for what we don't want ... and get it.
  37. Facing Fascism in Europe
    Against The Current vol. 84

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933, and the Nazis' rapid destruction of Germany's Social Democratic and Communist parties, shook the European left to its core. For many socialists and communists, the total defeat of two of the world's largest and best-organized workers' parties was grim evidence of the immediate need to set aside obstacles dividing them and to join together in the fight against fascism.
  38. Fictitious Capital for Beginners 
    Imperialism, 'Anti-Imperialism', and the Continuing Relevance of Rosa Luxemburg

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2007
    Rosa Luxemburg's framework enabled her to see how capitalism could ultimately destroy society - barbarism, in her words, or the 'mutual destruction of the contending classes' as the Communist Manifesto put it in 1847 - by being required to turn more and more to primitive accumulation and non-reproduction, a prophecy we see materializing before our eyes today.
  39. Film as a Subversive Art
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1974
    Analyzes how aesthetic, sexual and ideological subversives use film to change and demystify.
  40. For Communism: Propositions on a Strategy for Revolution in the Advanced Capitalist Countries
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1970
    A series of 100 propositions addressing the strategic vacuum on the Italian and European left at the end of the 1960s.
  41. Fourth International
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An international Trotskyist communist organisation which opposes both capitalism and Stalinism.
  42. Free Speech For Me - But Not For Thee
    How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1992
    Hentoff is a passionate believer in free speech who recognizes that if speech is truly to be free, we must protect the expression even of ideas we abhors. He catalogues with equal disapproval the efforts of both the right and the left to censor speech they don't like. While being sympathetic to those who object to allowing bigots, racists, pornographers, atheists, and others of many stripes the right to lay out ideas that one group or another finds repugnant, he makes both an intellectual and an emotional case for allowing everyone to have their say, no matter how much this may offend some. He points out that suppressing speech doesn't get rid of the underlying thought, but merely drives it underground and gives it the benefit of martyrdom.
  43. The Freudian Left
    Wilhelm Reich, Geza Roheim, Herbert Marcuse

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1969
    Paul Robinson tries to define a particular tradition in the history of psychoanalysis - the "radical" or "left-wing" tradition - through an analysis of its three most important representatives: Wilhelm Reich, Geza Roheim, and Herbert Marcuse.
  44. From PRI to Foxismo
    Against The Current vol. 88

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    Mexico on July 2 experienced an alternation of parties in power at the national level. But the more fundamental shift away from the one-party state had begun already with the Salinas administration (1988-1994), when he tried to replace the ruling PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) with his own political and patronage apparatus, "Solidarity."
  45. Gay Men and the Sexual History of the Political Left
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1995
  46. Gays and the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1997
    The contemporary movement for lesbian/gay liberation was born out of the ferment of the New Left. Its leftist roots were openly acknowledged. Leading theorists identified with one socialist or communist current or another. They acknowledged their debt to Marxism as well as feminism and psychoanalysis. Times have obviously changed. While lesbian/gay movements have grown and won some significant victories in the past quarter-century, the socialist left has shrunk to a shadow of what it was. Unsurprisingly, lesbian/gay spokespeople and theorists are less likely to identify with the anti- capitalist left than they used to be.
  47. Global Labor: Socialist Register 2001
    Review published in Against The Current Vol. 95

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2001
    For all intents and purposes, I discovered the Socialist Register during the early '90s. When I say "discovered" I, of course, do not mean that I was the first to come across it. Rather, having heard of it for years, I actually read it.
  48. Globalizing the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1990   Published: 1991
    The Canadian trade union movement has to put greater emphasis on using its global ties to prevent multinational companies from shifting their operations to low wage countries.
  49. Great moments in satire: a love note to the haters
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    An article by Hugh Goldring about Great Moments in Leftism, a comic strip that highlights the often absurd nature of the radical left.
  50. Green Municipalism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1991
    A green municipalist analysis offers valuable perspectives but can become a straightjacket if it is seen as 'the' answer.
  51. Tim Hector
    A Caribbean Radical's Story

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2006
    An account of the life of Antiguan activist Tim Hector.
  52. Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1994
    12 volumes
  53. History on the Printed Page
    Against The Current vol. 135

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    A small volume could be produced listing the books dealing with the times I have written about here. I will offer only a couple dozen.
  54. How Ultraleftism Divided UNAM Strike
    Against The Current vol. 88

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    MEXICO CITY -- Commandeered buses flying red and black flags and Che Guevara portraits sped through the city on October 2, ferrying students to a demonstration commemorating the 1968 student massacre at the Plaza of the Three Cultures. Led by veterans of the 1968 movement, 60,000 students and their supporters slogged the fifteen kilometers from the university campus up Insurgentes and Reforma, the world's longest urban avenues, to a torchlight ceremony in the plaza. Just five weeks before, on August 28, 30,000 students had marched in support of the electricity workers' struggle against privatization.
  55. If I Am Not For Myself 
    Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2008
    In a journey through family memory and leftwing history, Marqusee introduces us to Jewish heretics and heroes. In proudly reclaiming the Jewish radical tradition, he reminds us that cultures are not the exclusive franchises of nation-states, and that Zionists and anti-semites share the same sinister, racialized concept of group identity.
  56. If I Can't Dance ....
    Why is the Left So Boring?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    Rovics asks, why is so much of the left in the US so attached to being so dreadfully boring? Why do so many people on the left apparently have no appreciation for the power and importance of culture? And when organizers, progressive media and others on the left do acknowledge culture, why is it usually kept on the sidelines?
  57. The impoverishment of the Canadian left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1972
    Perhaps the most visible phenomenon 9and the most painful) on the scene of social change in Canada today, is the lack of any real left alternative to either bourgeois or liberal radical politics.
  58. Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen's Association
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1864
    Speech by Karl Marx to the founding meeting of the First International.
  59. Institute for Anarchist Studies
    Resource Type: Website
    Provides support to critical scholarship on social domination and the reconstructive vision of a free society.
  60. International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A political international whose member organisations identify with the Italian left communist tradition.
  61. International Communist Tendency
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An international centralised left communist organisation formed in 1975.
  62. International of Anarchist Federations
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Founded during an international Anarchist conference in Carrara in 1968 by the three existing European federations of France, Italy and Spain as well as the Bulgarian federation in French exile.
  63. International Revolutionary Marxist Centre
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Was an international association of left-socialist parties. The member-parties rejected both mainstream social democracy and the Third International.
  64. International Workers Association
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An international anarcho-syndicalist federation of various labour unions from different countries.
  65. International Working Union of Socialist Parties
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A political international for the co-operation of socialist parties. 1921-1923.
  66. Introduction to the Johnson-Forest Tendency and the Background to 'Facing Reality'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2004
  67. IPPN Standing Strong in the Storm
    Against The Current vol. 88

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    If I were asked to name the one virtue that best describes the political left in America, I would say “perseverance.” As we know all too well, the long history of the left in our country is a history of frustration, betrayal and defeat, yet also of hope, vigor and determination despite many setbacks and our repeated failure to win any real political power.
  68. Iran and Leftist Confusion
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    Why are some leftists siding with the Iranian rulers rather than the popular demonstrations against the regime?
  69. Is Socialism Really Dead in Europe?
    After the German Elections

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    With over 12 percent of the vote, the Left Party became Germany's fourth strongest, just ahead of the Greens. This was a promising score, considering the way the mildly left Left Party has been ostracized by media and the political class as though it were a reincarnation of the Bolsheviks. For the media, a party calling for a minimum wage and a pullout from Afghanistan is the "hard left" not fit to be associated with. The SPD and the Greens stressed that they would never consider a coalition with such disreputable folk.
  70. Israeli Left Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 2006
    An evolving data base of the Israeli Radical Left. The long range vision of this project is to continue to digitalize thousands of items (leaflets, internal documents, newspaper articles and press clippings, movement periodicals, photographs, protocols and other materials). The origins of the current developing data base are in the private archive of Dafna and Reuven Kaminer. In general, the data base is devoted mainly to the radical left and the women's peace movement during the sixties, seventies and the eighties.
  71. John Gray web Site
    Resource Type: Website
    Inactive/Defunct Periodical
    This site was intended to make communist, anti-capitalist and historical texts available on-line and to link to texts on other sites. The site has been organised to group some texts and links by author and subject. Was at http://www.geocities.com/~johngray/index.html
  72. Keep raising the issue of democracy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1989
    Socialists should keep hammering away at the issue of democracy.
  73. Learning to struggle: my story between workerism and feminism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    An account of an Italian Marxist feminist's experiences and development in the autonomist and feminist movements in Italy in the 1970s.
  74. The Left Alternative 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2009
    Unger writes a manifesto that engages a vital question of our time: where should the Left go from here? In his analysis, Unger examines the major debates in the world today and he rallies for alternative forms of change.
  75. The Left and the Elections
    Against The Current vol. 110

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2004
    Two electoral paths will be taken by those left of center this year, and all the spilled ink in the world won't affect the choices.
  76. Left Communism and Trotskyism: A Roundtable
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2007
  77. Left History Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    An attempt to gather together an archive of digital material of the history and political role of the Communist Party of Australia from its inception to the present day, and also a general archive of documents and articles that are relevant to national and international struggle.
  78. Left-libertarianism
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    A doctrine that has a strong commitment to personal liberty and egalitarianism.
  79. Left Needs Soul Searching
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    The left fears that the people it is trying to persuade and mobilize aren't capable of imagining or accepting a truly radical vision of the future.
  80. Left-wing internationals, list of
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    This is a list of socialist, communist, and anarchist internationals. An "International" such as, the "First International", the "Second International", or the "Socialist International" may refer to a number of multi-national communist, radical, socialist, or union organizations, typically composed of national sections.
  81. The Left Worker-communist Party of Iraq
    Organization profile published 2007

    Resource Type: Organization
    Published: 2005
    Socialism Now. "The basis of socialism is the human being... Socialism is the movement to restore human beings' conscious will."
  82. The Left's Crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2011
    It was indicative of the left's sorry lack of ambition in the crisis that its calls for salary limits on Wall Street executives and transaction taxes on the financial sector were far more common than demands for turning the banks into public utilities.
  83. The Left’s Crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2011
    It was indicative of the left's sorry lack of ambition in the crisis that its calls for salary limits on Wall Street executives and transaction taxes on the financial sector were far more common than demands for turning the banks into public utilities.
  84. Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves About the NDP
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1989
    Canadian socialists are terribly reluctant to give up their illusions about the NDP.
  85. Libertarian Socialism
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    A socialist political orientation which promote a non-hierarchical, non-bureaucratic, stateless society without private property in the means of production. Libertarian socialism is opposed to coercive forms of social organization, and promotes free association in place of the coercive social relations of capitalism
  86. Looking at the Conference
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1976
    Ashley Chester comments on the Popular Education Conference.
  87. Losing Toronto: How Olivia Chow and the left may be giving away an election
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    As we head into the Labour Day weekend that may be accurately deemed to be the start of the homestretch of Toronto's very long mayoral and council election season, the news is not good for leftists or progressives in the city.
  88. Rosa Luxemburg 
    A letter about Rosa Luxemburg's contribution to Marxism

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    In a time when the socialist movement was evolving in directions increasingly removed from Marx's positions -- Social Democratic reformism on the one hand, and Leninist bureaucratic centralism on the other -- Luxemburg was the leading exponent of a Marxism in the spirit of Marx.
  89. The Malaise on the Left 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1974
    Let us take it for granted that meaningful activity needs to be collective, that social transformation needs emancipated individuals, and that the institutional framework of any new society will probably be based, in part at least, on those forms which the struggle itself has repeatedly thrown up at its moments of deepest insight and creativity. What we now need to think about - and to discuss widely throughout the libertarian left - is the political content of an activity that consciously seeks both to avoid recuperation and to be relevant to the conditions of today.
  90. Manifestos, Programs, Visions 
    Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs

    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 1649   Published: 2016
    A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
  91. Marginal Distribution
    Resource Type: Website
    Inactive/Defunct Periodical
    Book distributor.
  92. Marxism.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
  93. Marxists Internet Archive 
    Resource Type: Website
    Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
  94. The Meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution
    Against The Current vol. 113

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2004
    A feature of revolutions is that they keep coming around in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Who would have dared predict the eruption that was Seattle in November 1999, when the powers behind neoliberal globalization seemed completely incontestable?
  95. The Middle East in Flames
    Against The Current vol. 124

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2006
    Andrew Kennedy and Suzi Weismann Interview Gilbert Achcar. Gilbert Achcar is the author of Eastern Cauldron and The Clash of Barbarisms, both published by Monthly Review Press.
  96. Murdered by Capitalism
    A Memoir of 150 Years of Life & Death on the American Left

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2004
    Much of this book is in the form of a fictional dialogue between two radicals discussing the political events of both of their lifetimes.
  97. The Need for a New Socialist Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1984
    It has fallen to socialists in the last decades of this century to undertake the daunting task of establishing new socialist directions just as our forerunners had to do in the first decades of this century.
  98. A New Language is the Number One Imperative for a New Left Project
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Socialists “use words few people know to make arguments few people understand to fight for causes few people recognise on people who don’t care.”
  99. New Left
    Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia

    Resource Type: Article
    The New Left was a loose international political movement of the 1960s
  100. New Left
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Left-wing movements in different countries in the 1960s and 1970s .
  101. The New Left at 40
    Legacy and Continuity

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2007
    A collection of memoirs and commentaries.
  102. News & Letters: Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2006 - 2007
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2006
    We aim to help fill the void on the question of "what happens after" by creatively rethinking and restating his concept of "revolution in permanence" for today.
  103. The Newsletter
    Periodical profile

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1973   Published: 1974
    Inactive/Defunct Periodical
    Newsletter published in 1973 and 1974 by the New Tendency, a loose collaboration of indepedent leftists primarily based in Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Articles dealt with workplace issues, labour unions, workers autonomy and related topics. A total of five-and-a-half issues were published. Copies of the newsletters are available in the Connexions Archive.
  104. On Spontaneity and Organisation
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1971   Published: 1975
    On the relationship of spontaneity and revolution.
  105. On Unions and the Class Struggle
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1969   Published: 1973
    Written during the wave of workers' struggles known as the Italian hot autumn of 1969, when the autonomous struggles of the working class reached an unprecedented level, laying bare the character and function of the unions.
  106. Ontological "Difference" and the Neo-Liberal War on the Social 
    Deconstruction and Deindustrialization

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2001
    We have today legions of people with a smattering of knowledge turning out reams of books filled with buzz words that could be (and have been) produced by a computer program, and could be (and are) picked up in peer-group shop talk in a few months at the nearest humanities program or academic conference. Everyone these people don't like is trapped in a "gaze"; everyone "constitutes" their "identity" by "discourse"; to the fuddy-duddy "master narratives" that talk about such indelicate subjects as world accumulation these people counterpose "pastiche" and "bricolage", the very idea of being in any way systematic smacking of "totalitarianism"; it is blithely assumed that everyone except heterosexual white males now and for all time have been "subversives" (one wonders why we are still living under capitalism); a crippling relativism makes it somehow "imperial" to criticize public beheadings in Saudi Arabia or cliterodectomy practiced on five-year old girls in the Sudan.
  107. The Organized Left and the Death of "Pragmatic" Politics
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    Shifting political winds are battering the establishment, as the breeze flows to the back of the populists. The left-populist Bernie Sanders didn't conjure the hurricane but adjusted his sails to it. As the political storm grows apace with rising income inequality, new social attitudes are bringing fresh expectations, transforming politics as we know it.
  108. The Origins of the Modern Leftism
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1971   Published: 1975
  109. Orwell and the Left
    Resource Type: Book
  110. The Other Israel
    The Radical Case Against Zionism

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    A collective effort by a small group of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel to penetrate the dense net of illusion and myth that dominates the thinking and feeling of most Israelis and, at the same time, determines the prevailing image of Israel in the Western world. According to the Zionist fairy tale, the state of Israel is an outpost of democracy, social justice, and enlightenment, and a homeland and haven for the persecuted Jews of the world. The reality, as this book demonstrates, is utterly different.
  111. Pannekoek and Gorter's Marxism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1978
    Anton Pannekoek and Herman Gorter were leading spokespersons for 'council communism.' They argued for the primacy of workers' own organizations, defending their importance agains the parliamentarists and Bolsheviks who saw in the party the nub of working-class organization, and against the anarchists who saw anathema in all organization. This volume contains represenative texts by Pannekoek and Goter, with an introduction by the editor.
  112. The Paris Commune of 1871 
    The View from the Left

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    For the Left, the Paris Commune of 1871 stands as the first example of the exercise of political power by a working class. Socialists, Communists and Anarchists have all looked to this 72-day revolution for lessons - often conflicting - in the development of approaches to state power, democratic processes and a vanguard party in socialist revolutions. This volume gives the English reader direct access to a substantial collection of documents from the time of the Commune - most of which have remained unpublished even in France. These are writings in which some Communards themselves express the view that the Commune was an egalitarian social revolution committed to the ultimate abolition of classes.
  113. A Political Statement of the Libertarian Socialist Collective
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1979
    The socialist perspective, as we see it, implies a total critique of human society as it is presently constituted. Socialism means a total transformation of life and social institutions - a project of collective self-transformation.
  114. Popular Education Conference - Overview
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1976
    A report on the Popluar Education Conference.
  115. The Port Huron Statement 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1962
    A seminal statement of the New Left, adopted by SDS in 1962.
  116. Portugal
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1976
    The revolutionary process in Portugal is not one that lends itself very easily to a coherent political analysis. Political leadership is quickly thrown up by the creative energy of the workers and peasants and as quickly discarded as its usefulness to them wears thin.
  117. Postmodernism and the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1997
    Barabara Epstein provides an overview of the approach and subculture of postmodernism and how they relate to, or conflict with, leftwing ideas.
  118. A progressive dialogue on the future: Six questions for leftists 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2011
    Leftists don't spend enough time or energy working on important strategic questions. If we could resolve a handful of these, even tentatively, and try out some solutions, we would be far more successful. Here are six from my list of the most important questions, as well as my answers, which by their very incompleteness and inadequacy should suggest that more people should work on them.
  119. Propaganda and Consciousness: The Future of Big Flame Newspaper
    Resource Type: Article
    A political dicussion of the strategy and practice of Big Flame, written in the early 1970s.
  120. Radical Digressions 
    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 2006   Published: 2010
    Ulli Diemer's website/blog featuring comment from a radical left-libertarian perspective.
  121. Radical Digressions 2
    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 1981   Published: 2000
  122. Raids and Reconstructions
    Essays on Politics, Crime, and Culture

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1976
    A collection of essays on culture and poltics.
  123. Rebuilding the Left
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2007
    Beginning with an overview of the Left in Latin America, from the Cuban Revolution to the present, Harnecker goes on to analyze developments now taking place and stresses the necessity of developing an alternative to present forms of globalization.
  124. Rebuilding the Left in a Time of Crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2011
    The type of organizers we need to develop need to be those who have developed the skills and capacities and depth that allow them to be good at taking a defensive struggle and saying we can both fight it, and maybe fight it more effectively, if we can link it to a set of demands that are forward looking. They need to be visionary in terms of a socialist strategy.
  125. Rebuilding the Left web site
    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 2000
    Web site of activists working to rebuild the Canadian left; formed out of the Rebuilding the Left conference in October 2000.
  126. Reclaiming a Continent: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2009
    An in-depth and accessible introduction to Latin American politics. Avoiding superficial analysis and simplistic leftist cheerleading, this book addresses the complexity and diversity of the new Latin American left.
  127. The Red Menace 
    A libertarian socialist newsletter

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1975   Published: 1980
    Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, and terrorism.
  128. Reform and Revolution 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1967   Published: 1968
    An essay taken from Andre Gorz's Le Socialisme Difficile in which he discusses how socialist strategy can aim to crate the objective and subjective conditions which will make mass revolutionary action and engagement in a successful trail of strength with the bourgeoise possible.
  129. The Regina Manifesto: Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Programme
    Resource Type: Article
    Adopted by the founding convention of the CCCF in Regina, Saskatchewan, July, 1933.
  130. A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s
    Against The Current vol. 134

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in the mirror and see this old guy looking back at me. As I reflect, it does seem to me that I went through a lot of experience, met a lot of people, and perhaps learned from all that…So I will share some of my story.
  131. Reluctant Memoir, Part 2
    Against The Current vol. 135

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    I think it was in 1963 that I first became aware of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). My older sister Patty had married a very nice guy named Earl Brecher, with whom she went to Liberia as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers, in a program, sending idealistic college graduates to “help” downtrodden areas in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, launched by the Kennedy administration.
  132. Remember the '80s
    Social Movements Between Woodstock and the Web

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    The history of 1980s activism deserves to be remembered and studied by those fighting for change today.It always helps to have a fuller view of the past, to figure out what to keep and what to discard.
  133. Renewing Socialism 
    Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2008
  134. The Rise of the Global Left
    World Social Forum and Beyond

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2006
    The author makes an impassioned case for the politicisation of the World Social Forum, arguing that that the Forum can only realise its full potential as a force for social, economic and political change, by taking a directly political stand against the evils of neo-liberal globalization, war, famine and corruption.
  135. The Romance of American Communism
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1978
    Using USA Communist Party members' personal experiences, Gornick examines the attraction of the party and its philosophy.
  136. Rosa Luxemburg
    Abridged Edition

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1966   Published: 1969
    A biography of Luxemburg by a British academic.
  137. Rosa Luxemburg 
    Selected Political Writings

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
  138. The Rosa Luxemburg Reader 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2004
    A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
  139. Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
    Resource Type: Website
    Die Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung wurde 1992 von der Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus (PDS) - heute Die Linkspartei.PDS - als parteinahe, bundesweit tutige Stiftung anerkannt. Sie kooperiert im Rahmen eines Stiftungsverbundes eng mit den der Linkspartei. PDS nahestehenden Landesstiftungen und Vereinen in allen Bundeslandern.
  140. The Situation of Left Communism Today
    Interview with the Korean Socialist Workers Newspaper Group (SaNoShin), November-December 2007

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2007
  141. Situationist International
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A group of revolutionaries, founded in 1957, which developed a radical Marxist critque of life under advanced capitalism. They suggested and experimented with the construction of situations: the setting up of environments favourable to the fulfillment of human desires outside and against the economy of markets and wage labour. The SI analyzed the modern world from the point of view of everyday life and attacked the capitalist degradation of life and the fake models advertised by the mass media and proposed a revolutionary alternative which integrated politics, art, critical thinking, desire, and play.
  142. Socialism or Barbarism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1961   Published: 1969
    The combined socialist objectives from members of "Socialisme ou Barbarie" of France, "Unita Proletaria" of Italy, "Socialism Reaffirmed" of Great Britain, and "Pouvoir Ouvrier Belge" of Belgium.
  143. Socialism.ca 
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
  144. Socialist History Project
    Resource Type: Website
    The stated goal is documenting the revolutionary socialist tradition in Canada. Primarily oriented to Leninist and Trotskyist parties.
  145. Socialist International
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A worldwide organisation of democratic socialist, social democratic, socialist, and labour political parties. It was formed in 1951.
  146. Socialist Project
    Resource Type: Website
    Articles from a socialist perspective, including The Bullet and Relay.
  147. The Socialist Register 1967
    Volume 4: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1967
  148. The Socialist Register 1969
    Volume6: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1969
  149. The Socialist Register 1971
    Volume 8: A survey of movements and ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1971
  150. The Socialist Register 1972
    Volume 9: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1972
  151. The Socialist Register 1977
    Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1977
  152. The Socialist Register 1980
    Volume 17: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1980
  153. The Socialist Register 1983
    Volume 20: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1983
  154. Socialist Register 1984
    Volume 21: The Uses of Anti-Communism

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1984
  155. The Socialist Register 1985/1986
    Volume 22: Social Democracy and After

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1986
  156. Socialist Register 1993
    Volume 29: Real Problems False Solutions

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1993
  157. Some of my best comrades are friends
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1979
    The left's sloppy use of language indicates sloppy thinking.
  158. Some Thoughts on the Re-organization of the Revolutionary Left
    Resource Type: Article
    It is not true that without revolutionary theory there is no revolutionary practice. It is not true that certain opinions and ideas, that a certain quantity of consciousness are the absolute precondition to struggle. It is the other way round! Many times, it has been stated that the "theory becomes a material force as soon as it takes possession of the masses." However, a theory is never more than a recapitulation of the experiences of the past and of its consequences. Not because of a certain theory does one have new experiences of the struggle, but new experiences that arise from the struggle give birth to new theory. This is a continuous process.
  159. Spontaneity and Organization: Some Comments
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1973
    A contribution to a symposium on Jeremy Brecher's book Strike!
  160. Strategy and tactics: how the left can organise to transform society
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2011
    John Rees draws on the experience of recent mass movements and past revolutions to suggest ways in which the left can maximize the effectiveness of all those who want to transform society.
  161. Taplok Press, A New Flame
    Against The Current vol. 89

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    Reading Left books has become somewhat of a trend in Indonesia. Although the struggle for democracy is far from won, overthrowing the dictator Suharto in 1998 has brought a lot of positive changes for people. One of the most important changes is the ability to openly explore political ideas and the access to information.
  162. Thinking About Self-Determination 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1994
    Does that familiar canon of the left, 'the right to self-determination', actually mean anything, or is it an empty slogan whose main utility is that it relieves us of the trouble of thinking critically?
  163. Third International (Comintern)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An international Communist organization founded in Moscow in March 1919, and disbanded in 1943.
  164. The Throes of Democracy
    Brazil since 1989

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2008
  165. Thunder on the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideological commitment to the system than because of the weakness of credible anti-capitalist alternatives.The present moment — a protracted crisis of the capitalist system — should offer a more favourable terrain for the anti-capitalist left to put forward alternative perspectives.
  166. Toward an Authentic Canadian Left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1971
    Recent developments have only further revealed what has been evident for a long time, namely, the impotence and irrelevance of the Canadian left; the fact that it is minute, factionalized and unable to mobilize people around critical issues, or day-to-day problems.
  167. Traces of Magma 
    An Annotated Bibliography of Left Literature

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1983
    An annotated bibliography of left wing novels which deal with the lives of working people during the twentieth century.
  168. The Transitional Program: The Death Agony of Capitalism and the Tasks of the Fourth International
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1938
    Leon Trotsky's program for the founding of the Fourth International.
  169. The Two Souls of Socialism 
    Socialism from Above vs. Socialism from Below

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1960   Published: 1970
    It was Marx who finally brought the two ideas of socialism and democracy together, because he developed a theory which made the synthesis possible for the first time. The heart of the theory is this proposition: that there is a social majority which has the interest and motivation to change the system, and that the aim of socialism can be the education and mobilization of this mass-majority. This is the exploited class, the working class, from which comes the eventual motive-force of revolution. Hence, a socialism-from-below is possible, on the basis of a theory that sees the revolutionary potentialities in the broad masses, even if they seem backward at a given time and place. Marxism came into being in self-conscious struggle against the advocates of the Educational Dictatorship, the Savior-Dictators, the revolutionary elitists, the communist authoritarians, as well as the philanthropic dogooders and bourgeois liberals.
  170. The Tyranny of Structurelessness 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1970
    Contrary to what we would like to believe, there is no such thing as a "structureless" group. Any group of people of whatever nature that comes together for any length of time for any purpose will inevitably structure itself in some fashion. The structure may be flexible; it may vary over time; it may evenly or unevenly distribute tasks, power and resources over the members of the group. But it will be formed regardless of the abilities, personalities, or intentions of the people involved.
  171. The Un-Canadians
    True Stores of the blacklist Era

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1992
    Details the blacklisting which took place in Canada during the Cold War years.
  172. The Unknown Dimension 
    European Marxism Since Lenin

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    The radical intellectual tradition of European post-Leninist Marxism, so different from the dogma of the orthodox leftist parties, is an unknowwn dimension. This anthology sets out to recover this Marxist tradition and to restore the centrality of Marxist revolutionary thought and practice.
  173. Vanguard, Vanguard, Who's Got the Vanguard?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1972
    A critique of Leninist vanguard-party theories and practice, especially as manifested in the new left groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Published in the May 1972 and August 1972 issues of Liberation magazine.
  174. The Waffle Manifesto: For an Independent Socialist Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1969
    The founding statement of the Waffle group within the New Democratic Party.
  175. What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1989
    We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.
  176. What's Left? Environmentalists and Radical Politics
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1990
    Environmentalist activism as radical practice.
  177. What's Left: Radical Politics and the Radical Psyche
    Resource Type: Book
  178. What's the Matter with Kansas? 
    How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2004
    Explores the rise of conservative populism in the United States through the lens of Frank's native state of Kansas. According to his analysis, the political discourse of recent decades has dramatically shifted from the class animus of traditional leftism to one in which "explosive" cultural issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, are used to redirect anger towards "liberal elites."
  179. Why it's time to realign the left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Ed Rooksby, one of the supporters of the call for a new radical left party to be formed in Britain, explains why he thinks the time is right to launch such a party and what its aims should be.
  180. Why the Leninists Will Win
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1977
    Clark argues that the failure of the libertarian left to take organizing seriously makes it likely that capitalism will be overthrown by Leninists who will preside over a social system as undemocratic as the old.
  181. Why the Swedish Left Lost
    An Analysis of the Electoral Fiasco and Lessons for the Democrats

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    Analysts and political leaders on the left focus on how the right wing's lies go unfiltered by the establishment mass media. The media bias theory has some plausibility but the limit to the media-bias argument is that the extremist Sweden Democrats largely faced a media blackout but still managed to be one of the biggest winners in the electoral system.
  182. Words, words, words...
    Diemer, Ulli

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    The misuse of language implies a failure to think clearly, to analyse correctly, to communicate with others.
  183. The workers' government
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2007
    The biggest far left organisations in Italy to emerge from the great wave of struggle from 1968 to 1975 changed their strategy to one of focussing on the formation of a ‘left’ government within the existing parliamentary set-up.
  184. Working Class Communism
    A Review of the Literature

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1971
  185. World Socialist Movement
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An international organisation of socialist parties created in 1904 with the founding of the Socialist Party of Great Britain.

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