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Left, Right

Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada

Distributed for Black Rose Books

Left, Right

Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada

The left is supposed to be opposed to colonialism and at least skeptical of nationalism. However, Left, Right shows that, for decades now, this hasn’t been the case in Canada. Yves Engler marshals damning detail on the long, surprising history of support from the New Democratic Party and labor unions for such policies and international interventions as the coup in Haiti, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Korean War, and much more. The rhetoric of the mainstream left, he shows, has also tended to concede major points to the dominant war-mongering ideology, with prominent commentators such as Linda McQuaig and Stephen Lewis echoing the terminology of right-wing politicians and thinkers. More than simply diagnosing a problem, however, Left, Right offers a path forward, laying out ways to get us working for an ecologically sound, peace-promoting, and non-exploitative foreign policy.

190 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018

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"Engler's latest book falls squarely into the category of left self-critique and offers a masterful, exhaustive exposé of the self-interested and imperialistic approach that has characterized Canada's foreign affairs policy."


"This is a provocative and challenging book and a must read for anyone who wants Canada to operate in a humane and honorable way on the world stage."

Columbia Journal

"Another in a wonderful series by Canadian author Yves Engler that examines much of the foreign policy actions and policies of Canadian politics."

Axis of Logic

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