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[VIDEO] Bob Rae, Mike Harris, and the fight against Doug Ford (Part Two)

RaeHarrisFordPart2In part two of his history of Ontario in the 1990s, Alex Grant details the experience of the fight against the Mike Harris Conservatives. In response to government poor bashing and massive attacks on organized labour, a series of citywide general strikes, the “Metro Days of Action,” were organized across Ontario. At its height this movement brought out more than one million workers in the 1996 Toronto general strike, and yet this event is almost totally forgotten today. This movement had the potential to bring down the Harris government, but it was sold out by the labour leadership and the opportunity was missed. Facing similar attacks today, militant workers and youth need to assimilate this history in order to build a new movement that does not commit the mistakes of its predecessors.

[VIDEO] Bob Rae, Mike Harris, and the fight against Doug Ford (Part One)

Bob Rae Mike Harris and the fight against Doug FordThose who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The election of the right-populist Doug Ford government in Ontario, as well as the CAQ government in Quebec, share similarities with the experience of class struggle in Ontario in the 1990s. In July of this year Fightback editor Alex Grant spoke on the lessons of the 1990s for the struggles of today. This is a forgotten history that needs to be reclaimed by the movement against the vitriol of the right wing, and the apologism of the reformists and labour bureaucrats.

Toronto: Over 70 discuss the sexual revolution in the Soviet Union

On May 23, more than 70 students and workers gathered at Ryerson University for Fightback’s event on the Sexual Revolution in the Soviet Union. Presenting on the topic was Fred Weston, editor of the In Defense of Marxism website and author of a recent series of articles on sexuality in the USSR. He explained that to learn the real lessons for the struggle against oppression today, we have to start with an honest appraisal of what the Russian Revolution was able to achieve in the early stages of the revolution, and why and how these achievements came to be reversed under Stalinism, placing all of these developments in their historical context.

From emancipation to criminalisation: Stalinist persecution of homosexuals from 1934

gulagIn March 1934 Stalin re-criminalised homosexuality across the whole of the Soviet Union. Henceforth anyone involved in homosexual acts could be sent to prison for three to five years. In the early years of the Russian Revolution, however, homosexuality had been legalised – but this is something you will find little mention of in the literature produced by the official Communist Parties after 1934. Today’s Stalinists, who model themselves on Stalin’s regime, have a lot of explaining to do.

100 years since October: We need a new revolution!

On November 7th 1917, the working class of Russia took power. For the first time in history, the socialist revolution was victorious. One hundred years later, as millions of youth all over the world are looking to fight against capitalism, the Russian revolution is a source of inexhaustible inspiration. We must study the lessons of the Russian revolution to prepare this struggle if we want to lead it to victory!

National Post Slanders Russian Revolution

In a largely substanceless piece filled with tired myths about the Soviet Union, Robert Fulford of the National Post puzzles over the fact that “smart people” continue to be drawn to communism. The following is a response to this.

Top 10 lies about the Bolshevik Revolution: parts one and two

No other event in human history has been the subject of more distortions, falsehoods and fabrications the Russian Revolution. We publish here Alex Grant's complete list of the 10 biggest downright lies about the Bolsheviks and October...

Capitalism has failed: we need a revolution

capitalism has failed usThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. This was the first time that the workers and peasants of a country had taken power, entered into battle with the ruling class and emerged victorious. A century later, the capitalists still find the need to condemn what unfolded in Russia. Their lackeys in the media remind us that "communism failed" so much that it resembles a broken record. The reason for this is simple: they are terrified that it will happen again.

Fire and Fury: the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Nagasaki - September 1945Donald Trump’s latest threat, that North Korea would face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim Jong-Un’s regime persists in its aggressive rhetoric has sparked a frenzy of fear and speculation in the media over the possibility of this war of words turning into a full-fledged nuclear conflict.

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