Category Archives: Writing

The Silent March, by C.M. Klyne: And Why I Second Guessed Posting My Review of It.

Any story set during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 is going to wind up advancing a perspective on those events. One of the characters which embodies the authors sympathies is fictional Mayor Charles Ross. Over the course of the story he seeks to balance between the workers and the capitalists of the infamous “Committee of One Thousand.” To paraphrase the Marxist Trotsky, however, and as the experience of the Mayor’s character attests, the danger of seeking to walk down the middle of the road is that you are likely to get hit by traffic going in both directions. Continue reading

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George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia and its Modern Critics.

“…the beginner who has learned a new language always translates it back into his mother tongue, but he assimilates the spirit of the new language and expresses himself freely in it only when he moves in it without recalling the … Continue reading

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1905. By Leon Trotsky.

I read a .pdf of this book available online at the Marxist Internet Archive. The HTML version may be better. But the transcription in the .pdf seems like it was simply scanned without any proofreading or editing. Some numbers, letters and … Continue reading

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Their Morals and Ours. By Leon Trotsky.

Today I read “Their Morals and Ours” by Leon Trotsky. He wrote the piece in 1938 for publication in ‘New International,’ the theoretical Journal of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States. It was barely a year before the … Continue reading

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Mutiny at Jackfish Bay

Flipping through the Illustrated War News from April 18, 1885, I came across this interesting image.

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Gabriel Dumont Speaks. Translated by Michael Barnholden. Revised 2nd Edition.

This book is a quick read, and keeping track of the action might take a bit of effort if your not familiar with the events it relates to. There are also problems of representation which undermine the book as a … Continue reading

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Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age: April 9-12, 1917.

So I haven’t read this book.  I bought it a few weeks back on an emotional high coming out of the “Alberta and the Great War” exhibit at the Borealis Gallery.  The exhibit was fantastic, visceral.  My senses were engaged as … Continue reading

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