On September 11, I had written a post about the 1973 coup in Chile. At the time I had mentioned that I had not yet read Jorge Palacios’ Chile: An Attempt at a “Historic Compromise.” While writing that article I was struck by how little Palacios was mentioned in any capacity after 1984 in Maoist… More In Memoriam: Jorge Palacios (November 3, 1926 – May 5, 2014)
In the last two posts I have been trying to think through the question of what should be the Left relationship to the 2015 General Elections. In the first post (available here), I articulate what I regard to be the six possible relationships that the Left can have towards the NDP. In the second post… More On the 2015 Canadian General Elections: Should We Boycott?
In the next two posts, I want to return to the five questions that underpin the use of the boycott tactic: a) whether or not boycotting elections actually constitutes a break from bourgeois legality; b) whether or not the reforms being proposed by the New Democratic Party (NDP) are as inconsequential as suggested by boycott advocates; c) what are… More On the 2015 Canadian General Elections: Bourgeois Legality and the NDP’s Proposed Reforms
Stanley B. Ryerson’s The Founding of Canada: Beginnings to 1815 is a book that, despite its flaws, I wish I had read 15 years ago when I first became an activist in Canada. The book should be regarded as necessary reading for anyone interested in having a concrete grasp of Canadian history and how that history… More Book Review: Stanley B. Ryerson – The Founding of Canada
Every Provincial or Federal Election in Canada the Left is posed with the same question: how should we relate to the New Democratic Party (NDP)? And should we vote NDP despite the fact that year after year the NDP has moved more and more to the Centre and abandoned its historical democratic socialist and social… More On the 2015 Canadian General Elections: Left Approaches toward the NDP
In the last few days a deal has been in the making that will effectively end the Syrian civil war and open up a new military alliance against the Islamic State (IS). The deal will look effectively like what I regarded to be the best case scenario in 2013: the Assad government will recognise some of the… More The Syrian Deal: Is the End in Sight?
Today, September 11th, marks the 42nd anniversary of the US-backed military coup that removed Salvador Allende, the democratically-elected president of Chile, and his Unidad Popular government from power. Unidad Popular or Popular Unity was a coalition of parties of the Center-Left and the Left (the Socialist Party, the Communist Party, and the Radical Party) that won the… More In Memoriam: Salvador Allende (26 June 1908 – 11 September 1973) and the thousands of Chileans who were killed and tortured by the US-backed Military Junta