Articles Lists


What is really destructive of the integrity of the group is a situation where one person or a handful of people are able to block the desires of the overwhelming majority. When such a situation arises - and it does frequently in consensus-model groups - it makes a mockery of the assertion that "consensus... allows each person equal and complete power in the group". On the contrary, in a situation where 100 people want to do something, and one person doesn't and refuses consensus, consensus ultimately hands over all the power to one person, and totally disempowers everyone else.
One Vote for Democracy

Direct Line - Photo by Ulli Diemer

Circumstances changed partly because people's consciousness changed. People who one day were sitting at home, politically passive, were suddenly in the streets in their thousands and then hundreds of thousands. Something happened in their consciousness - they suddenly felt it was possible. A mental burden lifted, they felt able to go out into the streets and started to believe change was possible. And because so many other people felt the same way it suddenly became possible. And in the course of a few months those regimes just toppled.
Interview - The overthrow of the Stalinist regimes in Eastern Europe


Words of Wisdom

  • If you expect to see the final results of your work you have not asked a big enough question.
  • – I.F. Stone


Like a routed army, battered by the defeats it has suffered in recent years, much of the left seems to be in wholesale retreat, indiscriminately abandoning not only the useless dogmas of Leninism and social democracy, but the principles and analytical tools it will need to re-group in the future.
Thinking About Self-Determination

The inefficient socialistic health care system sends him off for treatment within ten minutes - not too shabby, most of us might say - but it takes a lot more than efficiency and high-quality appropriate care to please a National Post columnist.
National Post columnist traumatized by having to wait his turn

Varsity Articles (selection)
By Ulli Diemer

The Householders Guide to Community Defence Against Bureaucratic Aggression
Organizational principles and campaign tactics communities can use to fight projects or developments being foisted on them.
Trotskyism and the Vanguard Party
Trotskyists maintain that the vanguard party model holds the key to bringing about revolutionary change but the record of Trotksyism shows that vanguard parties are actually a political dead end.
Hungary 1956: A workers’ revolt crushed by the “workers’ state”
The Hungarian revolution, brief though it was, did as much as a century of socialist theorizing to show what a united and determined people could do to transform their society.
Twenty years of I.F. Stone
Perceptive, analytical, well-written, witty, and drawing on a vast, eclectic store of knowledge.
New Hogtown Press
Profile of a left-wing Canadian book and magazine publisher.
How they shot those campus bums
Book review of The Truth About Kent State.
For Reasons of State
Review of essays by Noam Chomsky
From Lenin to Stalin
Review of a first-hand account of the Stalinist takeover in Russia (review).
Review of Israel: A Colonial Settler State
The tragedy of two peoples brought into conflict by forces largely outside of their control.
The Unfashionable Human Body
A journey through the vagaries of fashion (book review).
Ten Lost Years
Review of Barry Broadfoot’s oral history of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Bookworm's goulash: A taster's choice of the good, bad and indifferent
Potpourri of books.
Canada is nice, American author declares
American author flails at straw men.
Zeitlin lifts Sociology election veto
Sociology department politics.
Viet peace will come with victory
Editorial on the Vietnam War.