Reviews

Movie Review: I am Not Your Negro

Movie Review: I am Not Your Negro

“I cannot be a pessimist because I am alive. To be a pessimist means you have agreed that human life is an academic matter, so I am forced to be an optimist. I am forced to believe that we can survive whatever we must survive.” – James Baldwin Like many millennials, James Baldwin did not […]

Posted in: International, Racism, Reviews, US
New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine
By September 10, 2016 Read More →

New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine

Issue #4 of Socialist Alternative has been published. If you would like to order copy(ies) contact: contact@socialistalternative.ca A pdf is available here.

The Servant State – McCormack & Workman
By May 6, 2016 Read More →

The Servant State – McCormack & Workman

“The Servant State – Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada” by Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman Fernwood Publishing, 2015 Reviewed by Tim Heffernan ————————————————————- The Servant State is a valuable book, useful for its analysis and wealth of data on the workings of Canadian capitalism from a Marxist perspective. As the authors admit, “the analytical standpoint […]

Where to Invade Next – Michael Moore’s latest film
By March 22, 2016 Read More →

Where to Invade Next – Michael Moore’s latest film

It’s 6 years since Michael Moore’s last film, Capitalism, a Love Story. He’s back on top form, perhaps a little less strident (a good thing), and still showing his trademark qualities of  righteous but witty indignation combined with a populist style and message. From the title, you might think this latest documentary is a critique […]

Posted in: International, Reviews
“The Entrepreneurial State” by Mariana Mazzucato
By March 1, 2015 Read More →

“The Entrepreneurial State” by Mariana Mazzucato

Somewhere along the line, we’ve all heard these arguments in favour of capitalism: progress is based on competition, risk taking and innovation – capitalism encourages risk takers and rewards them; we might need state ‘enterprise’ for essential infrastructure like water and electricity but, in the area of new technology, the dynamism of the private sector will always […]

Posted in: Economy, Reviews, Science
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Naomi Klein, 2014

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Naomi Klein, 2014

Naomi Klein’s book is a welcome and much needed addition to the debates on how to tackle global warming. Klein not only outlines its enormous threat to humanity, but shows the need for a fundamental change of strategy to avoid disaster and instead seize the opportunity to “dramatically improve lives, close the gap between rich […]

Engels and women’s liberation
By September 10, 2014 Read More →

Engels and women’s liberation

Engels and women’s liberation It is 130 years since the publication of The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, by Friedrich Engels. Long considered by Marxists an important text regarding the origin of women’s oppression, it has been criticized by those promoting alternative explanations of women’s second-class status in society. In the […]

Has world population reached its limits?
By February 14, 2014 Read More →

Has world population reached its limits?

Review of Too Many People? By Ian Angus and Simon Butler Haymarket Books, 2011 ONE OF the major divisions within environmentalists is on the issue of population and ‘overpopulation’, with many claiming that a key cause of environmental damage is too many people. The British Royal Society recently released a report, People and the Planet, […]

Inequality rising
By June 12, 2011 Read More →

Inequality rising

Review of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, by Wilkinson R & Pickett K, Penguin 2010 “It is a remarkable paradox that, at the pinnacle of human material and technical achievement, we find ourselves anxiety-ridden, prone to depression, worried about how others see us, unsure of our friendships, driven to consume and […]

Posted in: Inequality, Reviews