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- Arts, Media, Culture
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- Human Rights, Civil Liberties
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Letters to the Editor
The way to deal with racism is direct action, education, and (intelligently focussed) hard work. Pro-censorship advocates discourage this kind of activity while encouraging us to devote our energies to pleading with the government and the police to please take even more power to determine which ideas are 'legal' and which 'illegal'.
Progressives shouldn't be begging the police to take more power
Words of Wisdom
- Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.
- – Immanuel Kant
Gros Morne 2007
The real advantage of user fees, from the point of view of those who advocate them, is that they deter the poor from seeking medical care. If the poor can be denied medical care, then those who are not poor can avoid helping to pay for their care.
Ten Health Care Myths
We have to make an issue of the fact that what currently passes for democracy is a best a two-dimensional shadow of what a democratic society ought to be. In contrast to the parliamentary obsession of the NDP, we should be offering the model of a radically democratic society, in which power is taken away from corporations, governments, bureaucracies, and experts, and dispersed widely.
Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves About the NDP
All articles on this site were written in English. Translations of some articles are available in
- Returning to Chess
- Rediscovering chess.
to criticisms of Dances with Guilt
- A critique of Dances
with Guilt said comments and attitudes are forms of ‘violence’
comparable to, or worse than, physical violence. This response argues
that while verbal and emotional abuse can be very hurtful, beating
someone up is qualitatively different from verbal aggression, and
we should not say they are the same.
- A green municipalist analysis offers valuable
perspectives but can become a straightjacket if it is seen as ‘the’
Wrong with Front Yard Parking?
- The negative effects of
front yard parking are significant, and affect us all. The benefits
are small, and go only to a few.
in the Gulf
- Written upon the outbreak of the 1991 Iraq
Trade Debate: Look at the Contents, Not Just the Label
response to criticisms of ‘What
Do We Do Now? Building a social movement in the aftermath of Free
- The revolutionary upheavals in Eastern Europe
are an inspiration for everyone working for social change and show
us that even the most seemingly entrenched system of control can
be overthrown by popular movements.
Capital Punishment Debate
- The cold-blooded killing of a
human being is horrifying. The existence of capital punishment make
us all complicit in killing, and degrades us as a society.
shouldn't be begging the police to take more power
last thing we need is to hand the police even more power to decide
what we are allowed to see or read.
in your water: A little is too much
- The irresponsible dumping
of chemicals in and near water endangers us all.
removal a possibility
- The soil around houses in South Riverdale
is so contaminated with lead that it may have to be removed.
Years of Dirty Water
- Toronto’s water has been polluted
pretty much since the beginning. That doesn’t mean we should
put up with it.
adults how to read
- Learning to read means gaining more
control over one’s life.
has come a long way
- Literacy student writes the story of
criticism can be a good thing
- It’s counterproductive
to say that for the sake of “unity” we shouldn’t
criticize others in the environmental movement. Principled debate
and critcism when it is called for helps us clarify issues and move
Bomb won't go away on its own
- Our task is to break out
of this closed self-justifying system by depriving governments of
the passive populations they need, by refusing to accept the choices
we are offered and instead becoming active participants pressuring
them to accept our proposals.
police vs. the law
- In a democracy the police have to obey
the law. In a police state, they don't.
- Too many cops seem to enjoy intimidating people
and smashing things.
Canada Metals Story: A chronology
- The ongoing struggle
against lead pollution in South Riverdale.
to Martin Glaberman’s Four Essays on the Working Class
- Glaberman insists that the working class is not merely a victim
of capitalism — working people are active participants in creating
their own consciousness, their methods of struggle and their own
- A radical newspaper succeeds to the extent
that in engages in dialogue with its readers and community, rather
than it preaching to them.
of my best comrades are friends
- The left's sloppy use
of language indicates sloppy thinking.
book explains why things don’t work (book review)
are lots of guides explaining how things work. This one explains
how they don’t -- and why they don’t.
- Anarchist critiques of Marxism typically reveal
a lack of knowledge of what Karl Marx actually wrote, resulting
in sterile denunciations of a straw-man opponent..
- The anarchist-Marxist split started with Bakunin,
who systematically misrepresented Marx’s positions..
- The police definition of ‘obscenity’
gets right to the crux of the question.
is Libertarian Socialism?
- Revolution is a collective process
of self-liberation: people and societies are transformed through
their struggles for freedom and for a better world..
Co-op meets Wages for Housework
- The story of the struggle
that gave birth to a housing co-operative and destroyed the credibility
of the ‘Wages for Housework’ sect.
who pays the piper
- Community groups have become dependent
on government money resulting in an erosion of their community base
and their independence.
they shot those campus bums
- The Truth About Kent State
1956: A workers’ revolt crushed by the “workers’
- The Hungarian revolution, brief though
it was, did as much as a century of socialist theorizing to show
what a united and determined people could do to transform their
- Funk Familienstammbaum
- Karl Heinz Diemer 1920 - 2006
- Book Reviews & Practical Stuff
- Book and other reviews. See also A-Z List of titles.
- Selected Letters
- Letters to the Editor
- Connexions is an online library/archive of articles and documents about social change. My contributions include the subject index for the library, the page of resources on Israel and Palestine, and the page of radical manifestos and poltical visions.
- Seven News
- Contributions to a community newspaper published in Toronto.
- The Red Menace
- Contributions to a libertarian socialist newsletter.
- Varsity Articles
- Articles written for The Varsity.
- Gros Morne photos
- Gros Morne, Newfoundland.
- Royal Moments in Broadcasting
- Articles A-Z
- Alphabetical list of articles, reviews & letters. Some articles are also available in French, Spanish, German and other languages.
- Subject Index
- Index of topics.
- Bon mots
- Words of wisdom.
- Favourite Links
- Selected websites.