What are the origins of ‘democracy’? Are countries like the US, Canada, Britain, etc., democratic? In “The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation,” Brian S. Roper examines liberal assumptions about the origins and essence of democracy using Marxist historical materialism. Roper begins by examining the system of participatory democracy in Athens and Rome and its later suppression under the Roman Empire. In this, Roper differs … Continue reading Review: “The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation” – Brian S. Roper
In Toronto this week, Canada once again stretched its “democratic” muscles, in true banana republic fashion. On July 21st, 2021, Toronto police violently attacked an encampment of 14 to 17 homeless individuals, with batons, pepper spray, and other weapons, and destroyed all their meager belongings in a scorched earth campaign. Take a look at the photos of this “tremendous job”: The violence of the Toronto … Continue reading Toronto Police Brutally Attack Homeless Encampment
Recently I was discussing Telford Taylor’s memoir on the Nuremberg trials with someone. That individual responded with how “lucky” we are to live in a “democratic” state like Canada. Although this particular individual is an immigrant and might not be familiar with Canadian history and politics, their statement nonetheless expresses a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be a “democracy”. Let me be clear: … Continue reading Democracy in Canada: Fact or Fiction?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is a “matter of principle” that Canada follows through with a $15 billion armaments deal with Saudi Arabia, a totalitarian state which funds international terrorism, stones women to death for the crime of being raped, and that leads the world in public beheadings. This decision has been sharply criticized by journalists, activists, and international organizations. In a public statement … Continue reading Canada’s $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal: What History Tells Us