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Unifor's Founding Convention: The Predictable and the Unexpected

By Lindsay Hinshelwood

Over the Labour Day weekend two of Canada's largest industrial unions, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP), merged to become the country's largest private sector union, Unifor.

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The Neoliberalization of Social Democracy

Review of Social Democracy After the Cold War. Edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt. 2012. Edmonton: AU Press. 

By James Cairns

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Canadian Capitalism and the Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples

By Todd Gordon

This article from the special Indigenous Resurgence issue of New Socialist magazine in 2006 now rings more true than ever. Seven years later, indigenous struggles against the corporate pillaging and desecration of their traditional territories continue in Canada - at the forefront of these is the battle against the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route through the northern British Columbian mainland and coastal islands.

Neoliberal globalization has brought with it the intensification of what Marxist geographer David Harvey refers to as accumulation by dispossession [check out Harvey's 2009 talk on Youtube - Eds].

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Thoughts on How to Stay in the Struggle

By David Camfield

Being a fighter for radical change can be meaningful and rewarding. But it isn't easy. This is especially true when people's everyday experience doesn't give them any reason to believe that radical change is possible, which is the situation in Canada and many other places today. Political attrition - people rejecting the possibility of radical social transformation, or giving up any kind of political activity at all - becomes inevitable (though some people who give up or become inactive do come back when circumstances change in their individual lives or in society).

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Building a Movement: Reflections from the Québec Student Strike

Montreal activist and artist Stefan Christoff's zine Le fond de l'air est rouge [The essence of the air is red], a collection of articles about the Québec "Red Square" mass movement of 2012, has recently been published by Howl! Arts Collective. New Socialist Webzine interviewed Stefan about the movement, its effects and its lessons. We present the interview along with a series of political art works in the online exhibit by the École de la Montagne Rouge.

Q1: The 2012 student movement in Québec grew into a broader popular movement of a kind that hasn't happened in Canada or Québec for decades. What role did radical left students of different kinds play in building the movement among university and CEGEP students?

Certainly the Québec student strike occurred outside of the world of official politics, far from a stage-managed process, the radical energy on the streets carried forward a combative approach that stood in direct confrontation to the structures of economic and political power in Québec society.

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