New Left Radio is bringing news and commentary from behind the front lines of late stage capitalism through a democratic socialist lens.
At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, we fight for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people.
We are committed to democracy as not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism — a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.
We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.
We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.
We Are Many - Interview with Amir Amirani
We’re joined by Amir Amirani, activist and the filmmaker behind We Are Many, a documentary that looks at the global protests sparked by the build up to the Iraq War. In 2003, tens of millions of us took to the streets, demanding a change in course in public policy. While the war machine continued on, forever altering the future of the Middle East and our world, those protests also sparked in our societies the belief that we can make a change. 17 years later, many of us are still fighting for justice after being forged in the failure to stop a needless war.
Policy for the People & Second Wave the Hard Way
COVID-19 has turned policy and society on its head. In this week’s drop we discuss major policy issues affecting the lives of millions of Canadians. Friend of the show, NDP MP Peter Julian and the NDP Caucus introduced bill C-213, and if passed, it will finally bring universal pharmacare to Canada after 23 years of undelivered promises.
Student loans prevent Canadians from entering the economy, buying homes, and even having children. This week, NDP MP Heather McPherson put forth a motion to extend student loan relief that has expired.
We’re all living in a very different world with COVID-19. Did we learn any lessons in the first wave? Why are provincial governments acting like everything is somehow better this time around, when it is in fact far worse than March and April?
Automated Freedom? Not Quite Yet - Interview with Aaron Benanav
The Jetsons and Star Trek have promised us a future where automation frees us from the restraints of wage slavery. Even Goldman Sachs issued a report warning about needed policy for an automated future where 30% of us won’t have employment due to automation. So why hasn’t it planned out that way?
We sit down with economic historian and social theorist Aaron Benanav, who says don’t believe everything the tech industry would lead you to believe about the future of work.
The 1% for the Win, Relief for Us, & The Six
The votes are in and the Liberals, Conservatives, and the Bloc voted unilaterally “No” on the NDP’s Action Plan which included a wealth tax, an excess profiteering tax, and a buffet of policy that would fundamentally transform the lives of Canadians. We look at the vote and the motivations behind it.
NDP MP Leah Gazan spoke passionately about the need for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income from the House of Commons floor. Are legislators listening? Do they care?
Then we’re joined by Toronto corespondent Dylan Day to cover COVID’s outsized impact on the poor and BIPOC communities, questions around the death of Coco in TPS custody, and Doug Ford ramming through Bill 218, limiting corporate liability for deaths caused from COVID and Diminishing democracy.
Interview with Labour MP Richard Burgon
We sit down with Labour MP, democratic socialist, and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor in the Corbyn Shadow Cabinet for more on how he became a socialist, his start in British politics, COVID-19, and Brexit.
We discuss Labour’s devastating defeat last year, what was learned, and the future of the left in the UK. Then we hear from him on the expulsion of Jeremy Corbyn, and his hopes for a united Labour Party.
Wealth Tax - The Debate to Define Our Future
On November 5th, the NDP proposed their Action Plan on Opposition Day in the House of Commons. Ignored by Canadian media, and overshadowed by the electoral spectacle to our south, the debate clearly defined who is fighting for the people and who is not.
This debate serves as a warning and a glimmer of hope. We must do better and it is clear that we have a lot of organizing to do to realize our goals. The lines have been drawn, let’s get to work.
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I love this podcast, the commentary and guests are important voices we don’t often hear in Canadian media.