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- To make social change, knowledge is never enoughIt shouldn't be news that knowledge alone is never enough. Ignorance isn't the root cause of oppression, education won't singlehandedly change the world, and uncovering just the right fact will not be the catalyst that leads to global transformation. Just because that liberal conception of knowledge-as-social-panacea is foolishness doesn'
- Tell me about grassroots history-from-below projects in Canada!Perhaps the most obvious way to summarize a great deal of the work that I've done over the last two decades -- including the books and radio show of the Talking Radical project, but also a lot of things that haven't happened under that banner -- is the tag-line that I put in the header of the Talking Radical website: "historical & contempo
- Review: A Labour of Liberation[Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay. A Labour of Liberation. Regina, SK: Changing Suns Press, 2016.] This is the first book that I've read from Changing Suns Press, a new independent publisher with anti-authoritarian politics based in Regina, Saskatchewan. When they were crowdfunding for their start-up money, it was a no-brainer for me to choose this book as the t
- Review: Lunch-Bucket Lives[Craig Heron. Lunch-Bucket Lives: Remaking the Workers' City. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2015.] Back in March, I was travelling far away from my new-again home of Hamilton, Ontario, and as I often do when I have a spare moment, I was reflecting (obsessing?) about the path that I want my work to take. I won't bore you with the chain of connections
- What shapes what we care about and do politically?How do we come to care about the things we care about, do the things we do? Sometimes, about some things, it's a slap in the face, a punch in the gut, that makes us care. We care because the world makes us care, or at least makes the work of not-caring active and hard. Of course, within this caring, when the world seeks our blood or demands our sweat an
- To make social change, knowledge is never enough
Category Archives: Other Writing by Scott
(Published at Rabble.ca on March 29, 2012.) Exile and Pride (Classics Edition): Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare (South End Press, 2009; $19.99) I often feel that describing the pieces that I write in response to books as “reviews” … Continue reading
(Published at Left Eye On Books on September 27, 2011.) The best part of “Earth Into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism,” the second and final entry in Globalization Studies professor Anthony Hall’s “The Bowl with One Spoon” project, is his … Continue reading
(Published at Left Eye On Books on May 20, 2011.) Few features of the political culture here in Canada are more likely to set my teeth on edge than the devotion not only of the right and center but of … Continue reading
(Published at New Socialist Webzine on April 18, 2011.) We hear a lot these days about the need for cuts to public spending, for saving money. The use of this rhetoric to cover massive changes in how our lives and … Continue reading
(Published at XYOnline on January 7, 2011.) I was recently puzzling over why I was having such difficulty doing a particular piece of writing. Everything I tried felt a little off key, a little false, and I couldn’t understand it. … Continue reading
(Published in Linchpin in December 2010.) “If your Mom didn’t take care of you [when you were a child], would you be able to go to work?” Those are the words of trade union activist, graduate student, and single mother … Continue reading
(Published in The Bullet: Socialist Project E-bulletin on October 3, 2010.) The 150 members of Unit 2 of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 677 have been on strike since August 16. The office, technical, and administrative workers at … Continue reading