Democratic Movements

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Connexions Library

Alternative Press Center
Organization
Annotated links to alternative points of view available on the Internet.
Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-capitalism
McNally, David
Book
2002
A call-to-arms for progressive activists. McNally argues that capitalism is synonymous with imperialism and fundamentally incompatible with democracy.
Beating Back the Corporate Attack: Socialism and the struggle for global justice
Clement, Chris; La Botz, Dan; Luce, Stephanie; Post, Charlie
Book
2000
Our movement is calling for a new direction -- for democratic control of our political life, and for democratic control over the most important aspects of the economy. Why should handful of the super-...
Burma: Ripe for change: New Internationalist May 2008
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2008
A look at Burma's attempts to speak out against political injustice.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Chartism: Connexipedia Article
Article
A movement for political and social reform in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century between 1838 and 1850 which takes its name from the People's Charter of 1838.
China Mao or never: New Internationalist September 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the communist government China and the people's dream of free speech.
The Communist Manifesto
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
1848
Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as the theoretical and practical platform of the Communist League, a workers' association.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Democracy Against Capitalism
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Book
1995
Wood provides a brilliant explication and defense of the key theoretical concepts relevant to socialism, understood to be the most radical social and economic democracy.
Direct Action for Democracy
Tatchell, Peter
Article
1999
Direct action protests are about people taking power for themselves, instead of leaving politics to professional politicians.
Faces of global resistance: New Internationalist September 2001 - #338
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
Discussion of corporate globalization and how some are organizing themselves to resists.
Hal Draper on the Two Souls of Socialism: Insights from Hal Draper
Article
1990
A comparison of socialism-from-below and socialism-from-above that considers Marx's struggle for socialism through liberal democracy.
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
Imagine Democracy
Rebick, Judy
Book
2000
Rebick calls for the transformation of fundamental institutions in Canada: the economy, the media and the electoral system.
Interview with Ulli Diemer
Diemer, Ulli; Orchard, Jeff
Article
1990
Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Islam, Politics and the State: The Pakistan Experience
Khan, Mohammad Asghar
Book
Mohammad Asghar Khan, prominent in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, has assembled leading Pakistani scholars at home and abroad to assess critically the consequences of Zia's Islamicisat...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume III: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Draper, Hal
Book
1986
Hal Draper examines how Marx and Marxism dealt with the issue of dictatorship in relation to the revolutionary use of force and repression, particularly as this debate has centered on the use of the t...
Life after Communism West goes East: New Internationalist April 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the effects of communist rule in the former Soviet Union and the post-communism transition.
Looking for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
Instead of sitting on the sidelines congratulating ourselves on how wonderfully free and democratic we are, we should be pressing for a radical democratization of our own society.
Los Angeles: Assessing D2K Protests: Against The Current vol. 89
Cooper, Louise
Article
2000
More than 10,000 activists gathered in LA for the Democratic convention protests August 5-18. The main protest held Monday, August 12 drew around 10,000 activists. Three thousand had gathered for the...
Manifestos, Programs, Visions: Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs
Website
1649
A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
A Marxist History of the World part 14: The Greek Democratic Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Neil Faulkner looks at the radical participatory democracy which began in Athens between 510 and 506 BCE and spread to virtually every city-state in the Aegean.
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy
Swift, Richard
Book
2002
Ths book explores how democracy is constricted and deformed by economic power-brokers and a self-serving political class.
On Organization
Wetzel, Tom
Article
Discusses the democratic organizational forms appropriate to libertarian socialist organizations.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices covers a wide range of issues, from the climate crisis and the ecosocialist response, to terrorism and the struggle against religious fundamentalism, as well as items on urb...
Participatory Democracy: Prospects for Democratizing Democracy
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios; Benello, C. George
Book
2008
Twenty or more arguments for participatory democracy written contributors including Goerge Woodcock, Murray Bookchin, Gerry Hunnius, Colin Ward, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and Don Calhoun.
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Popular Struggles for Democracy in Africa
Nyongo'o, Peter Anyang (ed.)
Book
1989
In this book, leading African and Caribbean scholars examine the forms of popular alliance being forged, the demands for 'a second independence', and what they may presage for the future of the Contin...
Que se vayan todos! Krise und Widerstand in Argentinien
Situaciones, Colectivo
Book
2003
A collection of essays studying noncapitalist collectivism.
Quelling The People: The Military Suppression of The Beijing Democracy Movement
Brook, Timothy
Book
1992
The author examines what happened on June 3, 1989 when students protested in Tiananmen Square.
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
Sanctioning Apartheid
Edgar, Robert
Book
1990
A useful guide to the background of apartheid and understanding current developments, particularly the success of the mass democratic movement in weakening racist policy.
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Small country, big struggle
Marqusee, Mike
Article
2010
Swaziland suffers a repressive and corrupt regime.
Socialism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
Street Level Democracy: Political Settings at the Margins of Global Power
Barker, Jonathan; Cwikowski, Christine; Gombay, Kathrine; Shettima, Kole; Sundar, Aparna
Book
1999
A wide-ranging book that traces the conflicts between global power and local action. People in farming communities, town mosques, city markets, and fishing communities suffer the effects of wrenching ...
They're Recharging Democracy
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2010
The Two Souls of Socialism: Socialism from Above vs. Socialism from Below
Draper, Hal
Article
1960
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 p...
Update on Pakistan: After the "Emergency": Against The Current vol. 132
Tariq, Farooq
Article
2008
General Pervez Musharraf has “taken off the uniform” and lifted the emergency as of December 15th. But Labour Party Pakistan rejects the Musharraf’s claim that the emergency is lifted. It is “lifted” ...
Waiting for Democracy: A Citizen's Journal
Salutin, Rick
Book
1989
Rick Salutin's account of the pivotal 1988 "free trade" election. Waiting for Democracy makes a strong case that our political system is anything but democratic, though it offers little hope of changi...
West Papua "Will we ever be free": New Internationalist April 2002
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
Discusses the effects of the oil industry on West Papua and the people's struggle for freedom and a new form of governemnt after a long history of betrayal. Also looks at West Papuan culture from a to...
What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
Diemer, Ulli
Article
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.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Marxism.ca
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Socialism.ca
A hub featuring links to selected resources about socialism, as well as other progressive sites of interest to socialists and activists.

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From the Connexions Archives

Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
New Democracy Internet site
Website
Supports a democratic revolution to overthrow corporate capitalism, but opposes socialism. Features short articles on labour issues, the deficit, education.
New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...