London: Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 18:30

Join Yves Engler speaking about his latest book: Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada

When: Wednesday, January 16; 6:30 p.m. social; 7:00 p.m. start
Where: Mary Campbell Housing Cooperative, 587 Talbot Street (off Talbot Street at Central) London, Ontario

Free admission. Everyone Welcome. Donations welcome.
Hosted by the Council of Canadians, London Chapter
Coffee, tea, juice, and water provided

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FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies! No perfume or flowers will be permitted.

Book Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada details the Canadian Left’s promotion of colonial policies and nationalist myths. Yves Engler’s latest book outlines the NDP’s and labour unions’ role in confusing Canadians; from Korea to Libya, Canada’s major left-wing political party has backed unjust wars; Canadian unions supported the creation of NATO, the Korean War, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the coup in Haiti. Left, Right also shows how prominent Left commentators concede a great deal to the dominant ideology. Whether it’s Linda McQuaig turning Lester Pearson into an anti-US peacenik, Stephen Lewis praising Canada’s role in Africa, or others mindlessly demanding more so-called peacekeeping, Left intellectuals regularly undermine the building of a just foreign policy. Left nationalist ideology, both Canadian and Quebecois, has warped the foreign policy discussion; viewing their country as a semi-colony struggling for its independence has blinded progressives to a long history of supporting empire and advancing corporate interests abroad. Even many victims of Canadian colonialism among indigenous communities have succumbed to the siren song of supporting imperialism. Finally, Left, Right suggests some ways to get the Left working for an ecologically sound, peace-promoting, non-exploitative foreign policy that does no harm and treats others the way we wish to be treated.

Dubbed “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I.F. Stone”(Globe and Mail), “part of that rare but growing group of social critics unafraid to confront Canada’s self-satisfied myths” (Quill & Quire), “ever-insightful” (Rabble), “Chomsky-sytled iconoclast” (Counterpunch) and a “Leftist gadfly" (Ottawa citizen), Yves (yvesengler.com) has nine published books.

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