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  1. All Politics is Local
    Election night in Peru's largest prison

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Daniel Alarcon explores the internal politics of Peru's largest prison.
  2. Animal Alliance of Canada
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  3. Beyond Voting
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    By all means vote if you feel like it. But don't stop there. Real social change requires participation, not representation.
  4. A Blueprint for a New Party
    With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in working class

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    A proposal for a national political organization that would have chapters at the state and local levels, a binding program, a leadership accountable to its members, and electoral candidates nominated at all levels throughout the country.
  5. Canada Votes: The Ethnic Issue
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    The Canadian Ethnocultural Council (CEC) is pleased that, in this federal election, all political parties are considering the importance of the ethnocultural population in the election process.
  6. The Canadian Elections: Cover-Up and Steal (Again)
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The opposition parties in Canada's 2015 federal election are sticking to a careful PR-driven script, refusing to even mention the fact that Stephen Harper's Conservatives broke the law and committed fraud in winning the 2006, 2008, and 2011 elections. The mainstream media and the political parties scrupulously ignore this reality.
  7. Catch 22 - A Voter Powered Campaign to Defeat the Harper Conservatives
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    A national public interest group opposing the Harper government has named 40 ridings across the country where Conservatives won by small margins and could be defeated by strategic voting.
  8. Election Campaigns: Professionalism and Integrity or Pot-shots and Personal Attacks?
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Mayoralty candidates in the Ottawa election campaign will choose how they present their platforms and themselves. Is the strategy of personal attacks and nastiness working? What does it imply for the leader of the next council?
  9. GovernmentSources.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    A portal with information about government, Canadian and international, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make it possible to find additional resources and information.
  10. Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
    The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants like an Orwellian gorilla, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency. Here are 70 instances of abuse of power by the Stephen Harper government.
  11. The History of Democracy
    A Marxist Interpretation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately from the social and economic contexts in which democratic states operate.
  12. Inventing Reality
    The Politics of News Media

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1993
    Parenti sets out to demonstrate how the news media distort important aspects of social and political life and why they do.
  13. Kenyan grafitti artists target vulture politicians
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    A crew of Kenyan grafitti artists are making murals that urge citizens not to re-elect corrupt politicians who have a legacy of exploiting tribal differences to gain power.
  14. Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    The recent calls for the British left either to “reclaim Labour” (Len McCluskey) or to build a new party capable of emulating Syriza’s successes in Greece (Ken Loach) demand serious consideration on these pages. At their core these proposals reflect a widespread desire, shared by members of the Socialist Workers Party, to fight the cuts, alongside revulsion at the Labour Party’s failure to do so. They also reflect a genuine excitement across the left about the prospects for new left formations such as Syriza and France’s similar Front de Gauche.
  15. Lenin and the Tsarist Duma
    A review of August H Nimtz, Lenin’s Electoral Strategy from Marx and Engels through the Revolution of 1905: The Ballot, the Streets—or Both

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    Donnelly reviews Nimtz's two volume account of Lenin's pre-revolution electoral strategy and summarises the thesis that Lenin's critique of reformism in parliamentary democracy was rooted in the conclusions of Marx and Engels.
  16. Media relations for politicians
    A Service for Parliamentarians, Legislators, and Municipal Councillors

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Public relations tools for elected officials and community leaders.
  17. Mercenary of Reaction
    Lynton Crosby in Canada

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Lynton Crosby has a full schedule. He is the modern electoral PR hitman for parties in dire straits. He is hired to stir the pot of resentment and undermine hopes for change. His very existence suggests that democracies are shadows of their actual function, operating on traditional platforms of populism when required.
  18. Of Hegel and Bernie Sanders
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    My concern is not with Bernie Sanders (basically a New Deal liberal) but with the social dynamics of the Sanders phenomenon. What is going on when we see a surge of mass support for someone who identifies himself (however inaccurately) with socialism? What is the social process driving this unexpected shift in political goals and ideas toward the left? What lies behind the re-entry of socialism into the mass vocabulary of political life?
  19. Our Generation
    Volume 20 Number 1

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1988
  20. The Policy of Abstention
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1887
    Morris argues that socialism should be fought for using mass action rather than parliamentary action.
  21. Power and Protest: The Electoral Tactics of Leftist Social Movements
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    The central difficulty for left social movements is determining electoral tactics that will enable them to win both in the short run and in the middle run. On the surface, it seems that winning in the short run conflicts with winning in the middle run.
  22. Publicity and the Canadian State
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    A collection examining the state's relationship with public practices and the "permanent campaign," the constant search for politicians and their strategists for popular consent.
  23. Rigged
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who believed that giving one candidate far more coverage than others was good for their ratings. The CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves said of this decision: "It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS." Justifying that choice based on polling gets the chronology backwards, ignores Moonves' actual motivation, and avoids the problem, which is that there ought to be fair coverage for all qualified candidates (and a democratic way to determine who is qualified).
  24. Rosa Luxemburg
    Selected Political Writings

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
  25. The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2004
    A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
  26. Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show -- the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Once the results of Spain’s May 24, 2015, local and regional elections became known the main lesson for the anti-austerity and anti-capitalist left was simply and starkly obvious: the more united and more involving of ordinary people its election campaigns were, the greater its gains and the greater the losses for the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) -- its main rival for the popular and working-class vote -- and for the ruling conservative People's Party (PP).
  27. Spain on Edge
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    An interview with Podemos spokesperson Pablo Iglesias.
  28. Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Argues the need for strategy and vision, and effective organizing, in forming a resistance movement to the Trump presidency, and provides several suggestions for organizers.
  29. Waiting for Democracy
    A Citizen's Journal

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    Rick Salutin's account of the pivotal 1988 "free trade" election. Waiting for Democracy makes a strong case that our political system is anything but democratic, though it offers little hope of changing it.
  30. Why Voters Aren't Motivated by a Laundry List of Positions on Issues
    Resource Type: Article
    An introduction to cognitive policy – the values, frames, and arguments that make sense of the political process.

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