Workers’ Rights

Overview of Detroit Industry, North Wall, 1932-33, fresco by Diego Rivera. Detroit Institute of Arts. 
Diego Rivera

“In Seasons Such as These,” A Word on Socialism

April 15, 2020 at 11:04 am

  “Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ can excuse indifference to individual suffering.” — Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear   “Poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides…defend youRead More

Pope Francis meets a resident of the "Palace of the Poor" (Source: Community of Sant'Egidio https://www.santegidio.org/pageID/1/langID/en/idLng/1064/HOME.html)

Pope Francis: Right and Wrong

February 19, 2020 at 12:49 pm

I will give Pope Francis a tip of the biretta for his latest act on behalf of some of the poorest of the poor in Rome, or as he refers to them “society’s rejects, victims of today’s throwaway culture.” He has turned the Palazzo Migliori, a 19th palace named forRead More

Some of the 500, one-meter tall Karl Marx statues on display in Trier, Germany, 5 May 2013. (Photo by Pierre Wolfer https://www.flickr.com/photos/dewolfert/ CC BY-ND 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/ via Flikr

Revisiting the Communist Manifesto

December 18, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Over the last few columns, I have been exploring our disordered relationship with our material possessions. One of the reasons that so many of us, even those of us who have limited incomes, can still accumulate too much stuff results from the fact that we live in a capitalist economyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

Don Mills I read Don Mills’ recent opinion piece in the Chronicle Herald because I thought Don Mills was a mixed-use neighborhood in Toronto and was intrigued by what it might have to say about well…anything. My disappointment in discovering Don Mills was actually just a person was lessened whenRead More

An unidentified man stands by stacks of pitchblende concentrate awaiting shipment at Port Radium in 1939. Photo: Richard Finnie via NWT Archives https://www.nwttimeline.ca/1925/Popups/photo3_eldorado.htm

Canada’s Uranium Highway: Victims and Perpetrators

August 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

On numerous occasions in recent decades, Canadian governments have apologized for a host of egregious wrongdoings. While such words of contrition are too often unaccompanied by adequate actions, they can help make visible, as Trudeau argued in his 2017 apology, the “hard truths” Canadian society needs to confront. Yet theRead More

2004 New York Renaissance Faire in the Maypole Meadow. KenL at English Wikipedia [Public domain]

A May Day Salute to Invisible Work

May 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm

May Day — the first day of May — was traditionally a day to wear flowers on your head, dance around a Maypole and welcome the arrival of spring. It became a day to celebrate workers in honor of the Haymarket Affair — a peaceful gathering in support of theRead More