Social Democracy

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The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives
Price, Wayne
Book
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 ...
Agrarian Socialism: The Cooperative Commonwealth in Saskatchewan: A Study in Political Sociology
Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1950
A study of the social background of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan, which in 1944 became to first government with avowed socialist goals to be elected to office in Canada. The...
Alex in Wonderland
Macdonald, Alex
Book
1993
Alternative Economic Indicators
Anderson, Victor
Book
1991
Anderson outlines out a new conceptual framework for economics which gives attention to enviromentalism and social indicators as well as financial ones.
The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
Kipnis, Ira
Book
1952
A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspapers, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
Analyzing the Failures of Syriza
Dolack, Pete
Article
2017
Examines the failture of Syriza, The Coalition of the Radical Left, since their election in Greece.
The Anatomy of a Party: The National CCF 1932-1961
Young, Walter D.
Book
1961
A history of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation focusing on the relationship between the CCF as a movement and as a political party.
An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Callinicos, Alex
Book
2003
An extended argument about what the anti-capitalist movement should stand for.
Bernstein and the Marxism of the Second International
Coletti, Lucio
Article
1969
An essay from the collection entitled From Rouseau to Lenin: Studies in Ideology and Society, First published as Ideologia e Societá by Editori Laterza, Rome, Italy.
Beware the Poisoned Chalice
Andrews, John
Article
2017
In the aftermath of the recent (2017) UK election Jeremy Corbyn may be well poised to form a Labour government. But there would be huge risks in assuming office in a context of economic chaos.
Build It Now: Socialism for the Twenty-First Century
Lebowitz, Michael
Book
2006
Influenced by the dramatic proeesses unfolding in Venezuela, Lebowitz re-imagines a socialism for the twenty-first century that places workers and popular communities at the centre of the project.
Can the NDP be Socialist?
Rosenblum, Simon
Article
1978
Simon Rosenblum argues that the left should work to transform the NDP, not ignore it.
The Catastrophic International Consequences of the Capitulation of Syriza and the Criminal Responsibility of Mr. Tsipras
Mitralias, Yorgos
Article
2015
Syriza's betrayal comes at a very critical historical moment, when the racist extreme right is advancing almost everywhere in our continent, which already makes immediate and direct the threat that ma...
Coldwell, Major James William: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Canadian social democratic politician, and leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation party from 1942 to 1960. (1888-1974).
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
A political coalition of progressive, socialist and labour forces anxious to establish a political vehicle capable of bringing about economic reforms to improve the circumstances of those suffering th...
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation: Connexipedia Article
Article
A Canadian political party founded in 1932 in Calgary by a number of socialist, farm, co-operative and labour groups, and the League for Social Reconstruction. In 1944, it became the government of Sas...
Debating the NDP
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1991
Activists seeking radical change need to understand that it is fruitless to base their strategies on the assumption that the NDP can be the vehicle for achieving their goals.
The Dialectics of Community Control
Aronowitz, Stanley
Article
1970
The movement for community control will fall short often, unless it becomes a broader struggle for popular, democratic control of all public institutions and the economy.
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
The Dilemma of Canadian Socialism: The C.C.F. in Ontario
Caplan, Gerald L.
Book
1973
The history of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Ontario, set in the context of the national movement.
Douglas, Tommy: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Canadian social democratic politician, CCF premier of Saskatchean and leader of the federal New Democratic Party. (1904-1986).
The End of Parliamentary Socialism: From New Left to New Labour
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin
Book
1997
Argues against the assertion that there is no alternative to neo-liberalism. This account of the British Labour Party's recent history argues that Tony Blair's modernizing tendency was profoundly mist...
Essays on the Left: Essays in Honour of T.C. Douglas
Lapierre, Laurier
Book
1971
Essays collected as a tribute to T.C. Douglas on the occasion of his retirement ad leader of the New Democratic Party.
Evolutionary Socialism
Bernstein, Eduard
Book
1899
For Communism: Propositions on a Strategy for Revolution in the Advanced Capitalist Countries
Article
1970
A series of 100 propositions addressing the strategic vacuum on the Italian and European left at the end of the 1960s.
Ginger Group: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
An independent group of members of Parliament who in 1924 split from the Progressive Party.
The Great Class War: 1914-1918
Pauwels, Jacques R.
Book
2016
In this critical, revisionist account, historian Jacques Pauwels shows how the First World War was rooted in class strife that begin with the French Revolution in 1789 and continued long past the war ...
The Green Economy
Jacobs, Michael
Book
1991
Imagine Democracy
Rebick, Judy
Book
2000
Rebick calls for the transformation of fundamental institutions in Canada: the economy, the media and the electoral system.
Imperialism, the World War and Social Democracy
Gorter, Herman
Article
1914
The true cause, the trigger, the author of this war, is therefore not any particular State, but all the States that pursue an imperialist policy and seek to expand their territories: Germany, England,...
The Impossibilities of Reformism
Article
2012
We would like to use this text to begin a dialogue with those comrades within social democracy who contend that the last 25, 15 or 5 years of bleak development is the result of a series of coincidence...
Irvine, William: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Canadian politician, journalist and clergyman. (1885-1962).
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.
The Junius Pamphlet: The Crisis of Social Democracy
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1916
The voting of war credits in August 1914 was a shattering moment in the life of individual socialists and of the socialist movement in Europe. Those who had worked for, and wholly believed in the abil...
Karl Kautsky: From Marx to Hitler
Mattick, Paul
Article
1939
What distinguished Kautsky from the general run of intellectuals who flocked to the labour movement as soon as it became more respectable and who were only too eager to foster the trend of class colla...
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...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume IV: Critique of Other Socialisms
Draper, Hal
Book
1990
Much of Karl Marx's most important work came out of his critique of other thinkers, including many socialists who differed significantly in their conceptions of socialism. Draper looks at these critiq...
The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 124
Post, Charles
Article
2006
Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative...
League for Social Reconstruction: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Organization of left-wing intellectuals, founded 1931-32 in Montréal and Toronto.
League for Social Reconstruction: Connexipedia Article
Article
A circle of Canadian socialist intellectuals formed in 1931 by academics advocating radical social and economic reforms and political education.
Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves About the NDP
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
Canadian socialists are terribly reluctant to give up their illusions about the NDP.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Living socialism, The experience of the eighties: New Internationalist November 1985
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1985
Discussion focusing on the challenges of living a socialist life in modern times. Political commitments to meeting people's needs can be more rhetoric than reality. "How can socialism maintain its ide...
Main Currents of Marxism: Volume 1: The Founders
Kolakowski, Leszek
Book
1978
Kolakowski gives his interpretation of the origins of Marxism, and analyses the development of Marx's thought and its divergence from other forms of socialism.
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.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 27: Engels 1890 - 1895
Engels, Friedrich
Book
1895
Includes The Foreign Policy of Russian Tsardom, and A Critique of the Draft Social-Democratic Program of 1891, and On the History of Early Christianity, and The Peasant Question in France and Germany
Marxism and Freedom: From 1776 to Today
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1958
Dunayevskaya argues that Marx's theory is the generalisation of the instinctive striving of the proletariat for a new social order, a truly human society.
A Marxist History of the World part 85: June 1936: the French general strike and factory occupations
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the mid-1930s French workers launched a wave of strikes and occupations. Neil Faulkner explains how the Stalinised Communist Party worked to contain this resistance.
The Meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution: Against The Current vol. 113
Albo, Greg
Article
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 behi...
More on the Red Chemist
Article
2017
More on the important role that the eminent chemist Carl Schorlemmer played in the development of Marx and Engels' understanding of the natural sciences.
NDP: The Dream of Power
Morton, Desmond
Book
1974
A history of Canada's New Democratic Party from its origins to 1973.
The new socialist revolution: An introduction to its theory and strategy
Lerner, Michael P.
Article
1973
Chapter 6 - Strategy and Tactics. The first task of the revolutionary movement, its most important task within the next few years, is to destroy bourgeois hegemony and develop a radical consciousness ...
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.
Our Canada: The Story of the New Democratic Party Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Heaps, Leo
Book
1991
A rosy view of Canada's New Democratic Party.
Parliamentary Socialism: A Study in the Politics of Labour
Miliband, Ralph
Book
1961
The leadership of the British Labour Party has always been determined that the Labour Party should not stray from the narrow path of parliamentary politics. Miliband sets out the analyse the consequen...
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.
The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie.
Pilger, John
Article
2015
According to John Pilger, the leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind - but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberal...
A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth
McNaught, Kenneth
Book
1959
A biography of the Canadian socialist who became the first leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF).
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
Endicott, Stephen L.
Book
2012
A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
Reclaiming a Continent: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy
Lievesley, Geraldine; Ludlam, Steve (eds.)
Book
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...
Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg
Evans, Kate; Buhle, Paul
Book
2015
A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. Red Rosa gives Luxemburg her due as a radical and human being. In this beaut...
The Regina Manifesto: Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Programme
Article
Adopted by the founding convention of the CCCF in Regina, Saskatchewan, July, 1933.
Rosa Luxemburg: Abridged Edition
Nettl, Peter
Book
1966
A biography of Luxemburg by a British academic.
Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited with an introduction by Robert Looker)
Book
1972
A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
Rosa Luxemburg: Speech to the Hanover Congress
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1899
In its struggle, the working class has no greater enemy than its own illusions -- and those who foster illusions.
Rosa Luxemburg: Speeches to Stuttgart Congress
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1898
Luxenburg criticizes Eduard Bernstein's comment: "The final goal, whatever it may be, is nothing to me: the movement is everything!" with the reply "Anyone who says that does not stand for the necessi...
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Second International: Connexipedia Article
Article
Organization of socialist and labour parties formed in Paris on July 14, 1889.
The Second International (Social-Democracy)
Website
A collection of documents on the Second International 1880-1917.
Slavoj Zizek: Apologist for the social democratic turn of SYRIZA
Irakleidis, Angelos; Weston, Fred
Article
2013
The authors argue that Zizek's radical posturing is at odds with his reformist political stance.
Social Democracy: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Whitehorn, Alan
Article
Social democracy could be defined by its opposition not only to capitalism but also to communism. Social democrats are resolute in their defence of individual rights and constitutional methods, and in...
Social Democracy and Communism
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1919
Once again, as in the time of Marx, communism as a revolutionary and proletarian movement confronts socialism as a reformist and bourgeois movement. And the new communism is not just a new edition of ...
Social Democracy and Parliamentarism
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1904
Parliamentarism is far from being an absolute product of democratic development, of the progress of the human species, and of such nice things. It is, rather, the historically determined form of the c...
Social Democracy and the Paradox of the Vanguard: Rudolf Hilferding's Odyssey
Smaldone, William
Article
1998
THE NAZI SEIZURE of power in the winter of 1933 marked the total failure of the reformist project of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and brought about the party's virtual destruction. From ex...
Social Democracy & Industrial Militancy: The Labour Party, the Trade Unions and Income Policy 1945-74
Panitch, Leo
Book
1976
Panitch describes the British experience of income policies (the measures aimed at controlling wages) in the post war years and the resulting relationship between trade unions and the Labour governme...
Social Democracy Without Illusions: Renewal of the Canadian Left
Richards, John; Cairns,Robert D.; Pratt, Larry
Book
1991
Social Reform or Revolution
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1900
Rosa Luxemburg's attack on reformism.
La Social-Democracie et les militants chretiens; texte-outil no. 6
Renaud, Gilbert; Vaillancourt, Yves
Book
1978
This study is prepared for militant christens engaged in the Quebec worker movement. It provides a history of social democracy in Europe through the early part of this century tracing the three stages...
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
The Socialist Register 1978: Volume 15: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
The Socialist Register 1981: Volume 18: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
The Socialist Register 1988: Volume 24: Problems of Socialist Renewal: East & West
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1988
An examination of the prospects for socialism written shortly before the fall of the Soviet Union.
Society of the Spectacle
Debord, Guy
Book
1967
An analysis of modern society and how it can be changed, written in the form of 221 theses. The first thesis reads: "In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an ...
SOS Alternatives to Capitalism
Swift, Richard
Book
2014
An investigation of the alternatives to capitalism, including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology.
SOS Alternatives to Capitalism: A discussion with Richard Swift
Bose, Rana; Swift, Richard
Article
2014
Montreal Serai had the opportunity to discuss SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism – a handy, slim compendium of vital, essential thoughts and discussions on the concept of an alternative economy and socie...
The Story of Fabian Socialism
Cole, Margaret
Book
1961
A history of the Fabian Society and the organizations and individuals who were part of the Fabian milieu.
The Unknown Dimension: European Marxism Since Lenin
Howard, Dick, Klare, Karl E.
Book
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 Mar...
Waffle: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Watkins, Mel
Article
A group established in 1969 as a left-wing caucus within the New Democratic Party.
The Waffle Manifesto: For an Independent Socialist Canada
Article
1969
The founding statement of the Waffle group within the New Democratic Party.
What Now?
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1912
We must now give battle on all fronts in the Reichstag to the nationalistic clap-trap that dogged our every step in the election campaign and that lurks in militarism, naval policy, colonialism, threa...
Why the Swedish Left Lost: An Analysis of the Electoral Fiasco and Lessons for the Democrats
Feldman, Jonathan Michael
Article
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...
Winnipeg Declaration of Principles
Article
The principles of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.
Woodsworth, James Shaver: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Methodist minister, social worker, politician. (1874-1942).
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

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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...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
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The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...

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Extremism goes mainstream
Across Europe far-right parties are gaining power by forming coalitions while liberals have failed to find a coherent response
Traynor, Ian
2010
Right wing extremist parties that attempt to stir up racial and ethnic prejudices have been gaining support during the recession in Europe. In Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy liberals already form ...
Where Syriza stands
Dericquebourg, Baptiste
2013
Syriza leads the leftwing coalition in Greece, and the opposition to the external financial occupation of the country by the states and organisations that are at present keeping it from bankruptcy.

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Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
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, ...