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Michael Riordon
Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of ...

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Sources welcomes Michael Riordon
2010-04-14
Michael Riordon
Sources welcomes a new member: Michael Riordon. Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio a...

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Against multiculturalism
Malik, Kenan
Article
2002
Multiculturalism is an authoritarian, anti-human outlook. True political progress requires not recognition but action, not respect but questioning, not the invocation of the Thought Police but the for...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Critique of Nonviolent Politics
From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
Diemer, Ulli
Connexipedia Article
Article
2010
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Canadian socialist publisher, writer, and archivist.
The End of the "Leaderless" Revolution
A Global Fallacy and the Military Intervention in Egypt
Tugal, Cihan
Article
2013
CounterPunch
When movements don't have (or claim not to have) ideologies, agendas, demands and leaders, they can go in two directions: they can dissipate (as did Occupy), or serve the agendas of others. The end of...
Forget Shorter Showers
Jensen, Derrick
Article
2009
The Orion
Why personal change does not equal political change.
Inclusion or exclusion
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
Ulli Diemer
People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, ar...
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
Sources News Release
Article
2012
Connexions
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Left parties
Introduction to the November 11, 2017 issue of Other Voices
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2017
Connexions
"There is no alternative." That is capitalism's message in the neo-liberal era. The rich keep getting richer and richer, millions of people are unemployed, millions more are trying to survive on preca...
Marxism.ca
Website
2016
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
One Vote for Democracy
Consensus vs. democracy
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1986
Ulli Diemer
Makes the case that the democratic model is better than the consensus model for activist group decision-making.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 15, 2015
Workers' Health and Safety
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Connexions
The topic of the week is Workers' Health and Safety. Articles on why environmentalists should support working class struggles; whistleblowers; the appalling death rate from U.S. drone strikes; the mur...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015
Ecosocialism, environment, and urban gardening
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices covers a wide range of issues, from the climate crisis and the ecosocialist response, to terrorism and the struggle against religious fundamentalism, as well as items on urb...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices features a wide range of issues. The topic of the week is homophobia, the hate that led to 49 deaths in Orlando last week, but which is present in greater or lesser form in ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 9, 2017
Meeting the Challenge of the Right
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
Challenging the Right requires not only anti-fascist actions in the street, but organizing to reach those who may be attracted the the appeal of the Right and offering an alternative social vision. Th...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 11, 2017
Left Parties
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
In recent years, there have been repeated attempts to build left political parties and coalitions, i.e. parties to the left of the established social democratic parties which have long become part of ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 17, 2018
Hearts and Minds: How do People Change?
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2018
Connexions
How can we reach the millions we need to reach and engage if fundamental change is to happen? How can we accomplish the essential task of persuading a majority of the population that a fundamental soc...
Race Obsession harms those it is meant to help
Malik, Kenan
Article
2009
Sunday Times
Ethnic monitoring does not just produce misleading data. The process of classification often creates the very problems it is supposed to solve. Local authorities have used ethnic categories not only a...
Socialism.ca
Website
2016
A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
Thinking About Self-Determination
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1994
Canadian Dimension / Ulli Diemer
Does that familiar canon of the left, 'the right to self-determination', actually mean anything, or is it an empty slogan whose main utility is that it relieves us of the trouble of thinking criticall...
This is What Insurgency Looks Like
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2016
CounterPunch
The call to Break Free from Fossil Fuels envisioned "tens of thousands of people around the world rising up" to take back control of their own destiny; "sitting down" to "block the business of governm...
The Transition Initiative
Changing the scale of change
Griffiths, Jay
Article
2009
The Orion
People never need communities more than when there are threats to security, food, and lives. The Transition Initiative recognizes how much we need this scale now, because of peak oil and climate chang...
The Two Souls of Socialism
Socialism from Above vs. Socialism from Below
Draper, Hal
Article
1960
It was Marx who finally brought the two ideas of socialism and democracy together, because he developed a theory which made the synthesis possible for the first time. The heart of the theory is this p...
What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
Connexions Information Sharing Services / Ulli Diemer
We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.

Sources Bookshelf

Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
Climate Insurgency
A Strategy for Survival
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
2015
Twenty-five years of human effort have failed even to slow climate change, let alone reverse it. Climate Insurgency lays out a strategy for protecting the earth s climate: a global nonviolent constitu...
Recovering Nonviolent History
Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles
Bartkowski, Maciej (ed.)
Book
2013
Essays showing, in considerable detail, the varied roles played by civil resistance in fifteen liberation struggles in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.


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