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Chris Hedges: From Moral Gadfly to Eclectic Radical

By Jase Short

Chris Hedges is one of the most celebrated intellectuals of the contemporary US Left. A former New York Times reporter who essentially lost his job for taking a public stand against the invasion of Iraq, Hedges straddles the line between cynical doomsayer and principled critic of mainstream politics. In spite of many lapses in judgment in his intellectual work, the general thrust of his political standpoint is a welcome relief to those who have a hard time finding intellectuals who take the crises of global capitalism seriously.

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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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