Canadian capitalism in crisis

In our March/April issue, Todd Gordon and Geoffrey McCormack chart Canada's path toward another economic crisis – one that may well be deeper than 2008. Plus, articles about the new group helping rich kids redistribute their wealth to social movements; "migration diplomacy" and the global erosion of free movement; the anti-colonial, anti-oppressive roots of Sikhi; how immigrant settlers can cultivate an ethical relationship with the land; and winners and runners-up of our ninth annual Writing in the Margins contest.

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    Double dare

    As another recession looms, the left must be ready when it hits – with anti-capitalist theory that can tell people why we’ve had 12 economic crises in the last century alone, why the rich just get richer each time, and why it’s working class people who always lose. 

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    “This is not charity, this is solidarity”

    Resource Movement asks – earnestly – how can a group of rich kids help advance social justice movements?

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    Canada and the crisis of capitalism

    150 years ago, Karl Marx observed that crisis is encoded in capitalism’s DNA. Today, Canadian capitalism has entered another period of serious volatility – one that may culminate in a crisis even deeper than that of 2008.

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    Flux

    The Yukon is caught between millennia of geological change and the accelerated effects of climate change. These photos capture the natural chaos, change, and destruction of an ever-shifting landscape.

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    When we built the walls

    Through handshakes behind closed doors, with refugees as commodities and borders as bargaining chips, our migration system is crumbling

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    Of lovers and land

    How can immigrant settlers – weighted by our own racial memory of land and its loss – cultivate ethical relationships with the land here?

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    Sikhs, sovereignty, and the Canadian left

    Exploring the anti-colonial, egalitarian roots of Sikhi, and tracking the extraordinary political power of the Sikh community in Canada today

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    A remedy for climate grief

    Unearthing Justice is the handbook Canada’s environmental movement needs. Anna Bianca Roach reviews Joan Kuyek’s new book about the mining industry and its discontents.

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    unhaunted

    “you bear their names like heavy robes. say it. / bind your waist in white ribbon. history’s seams / are tearing. you learned violence as the sweetest love / but you learned from the wrong people.“ Poetry winner of the Writing in the Margins contest.

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    movement

    “if word of such devices spreads, / and more than word, / it may not be just capital that overcomes / the hardened borders of the future capital’s / intent that most of us won’t see.” Poetry runner-up of the Writing in the Margins contest.

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    Troubled waters

    I know that Black and brown bodies hampered in water, drowning Black and brown bodies, absent Black and brown bodies are required for and useful to whiteness. I see this Jim Crowed reality every time I enter a pool and my fast and skilled Black body is punished for contravening white aquatic segregation.

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    Scarborough, my home

    In Toronto’s easternmost suburb, a photographer seeks out beauty in immigrant communities that are literally pushed to the edges of the city.

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    Reserved for the Beast

    “If Canada wants to live up to its lie of a reputation / then there at least needs to be justice involvement. / The way of Indigenous life / has become learning to live with injustice.” Best of Regina winner of our ninth annual Writing in the Margins contest.