Rebels, Reds, Radicals
Rethinking Canada's Left History

McKay, Ian
Publisher:  Between the Lines, Canada
Year Published:  2005
Pages:  254pp   ISBN:  978-896357-97-3
Library of Congress Number:  HX109.M35 2005   Dewey:  335'.00971
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8105

McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capitalist order.

Ian Mckay starts his book with an analysis of what we mean by the "left". He defines the left broadly to include anyone who understands the injustice of capitalism, the possibilty of democratic alternatives and the need for social transformation. He offers a historical approach based on the work of Antonio Gramsci -- an approach he terms "reconnaissance". This would allow leftists to speak to one another across the many dialects of leftism that constitute our traditions. It would allow the left to encompass a greater diversity of people: religious and cultural figures, First Nations, visible minorities, feminists, environmentalists and Quebec nationalists amongst others. McKay writes with those who have struggled for a better world and invites us to go forward to make this a reality - the possiibility of a post-liberal, post-capitalist democratic society.

Table of Contents

Realms of Freedom, Realms of Necessity
Redefining the Left
Liberal Order and the Shaping of Resistance
The Strategy of Reconnaissance
Mapping the Canadian Movement

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