Canadian Dimension: Popular participation, not populism

Photo by Emilio Pedros The struggle for the vote for workers and for women was resisted at every stage, and when universal suffrage was finally won, every effort was made to blunt and control its impact through institutional devices. These included second chambers, disproportional electoral systems, executive powers and, most importantly, a rigid separation of ...

Canadian Dimension: Twilight of the Idols: Rise and Fall of the Personalist Left

Photo by Joka Madruga Introduction Over the past three years Latin American leftist leaders, who presided over heterodox ‘free trade’ and commodity based welfare economies, lost presidential, legislative and municipal elections and referendums or faced impeachment. They fell because they lost competitive elections, not because of US invasions or military coups. These same leftist leaders, ...

Canadian Dimension: Syriza: For Better or For Worse

Photo posted on nycsocialist.org. The victory of Syriza in Greece is a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. I fear it’s going to be the latter. Syriza claims to be something more radical than a social-democratic party. In a pre-election interview in Jacobin, Stathis Kouvelakis, of Syriza’s Central ...