RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS AND THE CRISIS OF LEGITIMACY

Submitted by John on Sun, 07/11/2021 - 21:51

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   State power ultimately rests on the ability to use force in the interests of the dominant social class. However, even the most authoritarian regimes work to ensure a level of legitimacy and the allegiance of a major portion of the population. For liberal democracies that serve exploitative minorities through ‘representative democracy,’ legitimacy is especially important.

VISUALIZING AN ALTERNATIVE RESPONSE TO COVID-19: Lessons of the Pandemic for the Fights to Come

Submitted by John on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 11:19

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Co-written with Jade Saab.

   The global pandemic that we are living through, in its origins and defining features, is very much a product of the capitalist system. Moreover, it has developed along lines that corresponded to the particular stage of capitalist development that we can refer to as the neoliberal period. There are several key elements to be considered in this regard.

RACIST TRIUMPHALISM MUST FALL!

Submitted by John on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 19:41

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   I won’t pretend to any impartiality when it comes to bringing down the statues of the ‘great men’ of imperialism and colonialism. Sometimes the authorities are forced to remove these symbols of racist triumphalism under the pressure of grass roots campaigns and, on other occasions, they are dragged down by way of bold and defiant direct actions. Either way, it warms my heart to see them fall.

THE PANDEMIC HITS THE NEOLIBERAL CITY

Submitted by John on Tue, 03/30/2021 - 21:05

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   Some years ago, when I worked as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), we were contacted by people from Indigenous communities along the north shore of Lake Huron. They were bringing a mass contingent to the Ontario Legislature to demand that a particular social cutback be reversed and we rallied to march in solidarity with them.