Red Flag

Welcome to the second issue of The Red Flag quarterly magazine, a periodical promoting the views of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada [PCR-RCP] as well as those written by the revolutionary milieu of supporters, sympathizers, and fellow travellers. The theme of this issue is the upcoming Canadian federal election, with a particular focus on the PCR-RCP’s boycott campaign.

There has been a lot of noise about how this election is uniquely important, a chance to oust the Conservatives, an opportunity for the NDP to outflank the Liberals and form the government for the first time in history. On the

– A Call from the Revolutionary Communist Party

With an early declaration of an election campaign by the Harper government, we find ourselves at the beginning of a 78-day campaign period in the lead-up to the October 19 federal election. In fact, before it was even officially called, the parties vying to administer the capitalist state had already been campaigning for several weeks. Their hope may be that, with such a long campaign, they will convince us that this election is a “special moment in Canadian democracy.” For most of us, though, it’s a waste of time!

One after the

Every election there is at least one issue that social democratic supporters of the electoral system claim is a reason for every member of the progressive camp to participate in voting for the “lesser evil” so as to get the Conservatives out of power at any cost. The truth, of course, is that supporters of the NDP and the electoral circus will always find some excuse—some supposedly crucial issue—to endorse the system as a whole: these issues are always MacGuffins used to justify an ideology of systemic support. This is not to say they do not possess some truth, or

Since the unprecedented “Orange Wave” during the last federal election, the NDP has undergone substantial changes—a new leader, former Liberal cabinet minister Tom Mulcair; the removal of any reference to “socialism” from its constitution, a significant if only superficial change; and a new orientation toward being a “government-in-waiting,” now compelled both to make promises it may actually be expected to deliver on, and to appeal to a large enough section of the ruling class to actually form government. Perhaps more than ever before, the Party has the attention, support, and enthusiasm of “progressives” in Canada, from garden-variety left-liberals all the

American imperialism is so undeniably a central part of the contemporary world system that even mainstream writers acknowledge its existence. Canadian imperialism, by contrast, is an idea viewed with scepticism and discomfort, even by large sections of the Canadian left. The most naïve convince themselves that Canada’s international engagements have a positive effect in the world, while those who cannot ignore the negatives outcomes of Canadian policy insist that Canada simply falls in line with the interests of the United States.

This latter position is most clearly articulated by Linda McQuaig, who describes Canada as Uncle Sam’s accomplice, “holding the

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In front of us and against us: the State

As this issue of The Red Flag coincides with the federal election campaign, the “Our History” section features excerpts from an article on the nature of the state and of bourgeois parliamentarism that was published in September 1992 in the Socialisme Maintenant! newspaper. At that time, the “Action Socialiste” group—who published this newspaper—had already broken with the then-prevailing currents in the Canadian “far left”—mostly Trotskyists—who were supportive of participation in bourgeois elections.

As part of a process of appropriation of Maoism and of the advances made by the Chinese revolution, this discussion on the state eventually found its culmination in

The masses of Greece, who fought the various austerity plans that were imposed on them since the beginning of the decade by all possible means, must now be living—or rather reliving—a very bad dream.

After having overwhelmingly rejected the latest demands from the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) in the July 5 referendum, they saw the leaders of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), who were elected last January with a firm commitment to end the austerity measures, totally change their mind and comply to the demands of European leaders.


Two years ago, Francis Dupuis-Deri—a political science professor at UQAM also known for his anarchist activism and support of feminism—published a book entitled “Démocratie. Histoire Politique d’un Mot” (“Democracy: Political History of a Word”). With this historical study, he offers us a sharply critical look at the foundations of the parliamentary political regimes that today dominate the world. Reading his book is not only enjoyable, but also very useful for anyone looking to dispel the ideological veils that parliamentarism displays to better conceal the power of ruling class.

There is no word more closely associated with the parliamentary political regimes

“What does the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada do?” As the PCR-RCP expands into new regions and cities, and gets involved in more struggles, this is a question that we hear fairly often. While the answer may seem obvious enough, we have to remember that, despite the moderate successes we’ve enjoyed, the PCR-RCP and the revolutionary movement in Canada is still quite small and in an early stage. Also underlying this question is a second one, namely, “what is it about the PCR-RCP’s practice that sets the PCR-RCP apart from the other self-proclaimed revolutionary organizations?” With this in mind, asking

– Some reflections by a study group.

The current crisis highlights all the contradictions of capitalism. It has the effect of revealing, more and more, the weaknesses of the capitalist exploiters and their allies. Of course, we should not pretend that the bourgeoisie is helpless and defenseless; it remains “a powerful class to eliminate.” 1 Nevertheless, one must note that this power is relative and that the bourgeoisie’s place is less secure than before. In fact, around the world the masses are acting, a little more each day, to undermine this unjust world. This situation is highly indicative of the