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
Santiago Carrillo, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Spain, articulates in Eurocommunism and the State (1977) the reasoning behind the Eurocommunist strategy for communist parties in advanced imperialist countries (it ought to be noted from the outset that the “Euro” in Eurocommunism unnecessarily narrowed its geographic and political scope and did not reflective its popularity amongst non-European parties like the Japanese … More Book Review: Santiago Carrillo’s “Eurocommunism and the State”
The “non-revisionist” comrades of the Internet e-journal, The Other Aspect, published by some Indian comrades, have recently posted an interesting transcript of a presentation given by Mao to a Yugoslavian Communist Union delegation about the Comintern, Titoism and Stalin. Although the transcript is undated, it is surmised that this meeting occurred 15 and 28 September, 1956. Mao … More Historical Fragment: “Minutes of Mao’s Conversation with a Yugoslavian Communist Union Delegation, Beijing”
So in my last post, I uploaded a paper that I had written whilst I was a member of my previous organisation. I had said that in a following post I would talk more about the communism I was more in favour of and the theoretical bases for my shift away from Maoism. I, however, … More Reading Lists: Canadian Social Formation and the Crisis in Marxism
I have not been updating this blog for a while for a number of reasons. In part because of other responsibilities, especially work and family-related; but also because of a number of political-ideological shifts that I have made. I will not discuss the former as they are of no consequence to any reader of this blog, but … More 2013 Position Paper on Syrian Conflict