Bueckert, M. (2015). CIDA and the Capitalist State: Shifting Structures of Representation under the Harper Government. Studies in Political Economy, 96, 3-22.
In 2013, the Harper government announced the merger of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) into the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). This paper analyzes CIDA as an agency of the capitalist state and evaluates whether the merger further subordinates aid to commercial interests. It argues that the merger represents a shift in the structure of representation of the Canadian state that privileges capitalist class interests in the formation and implementation of public policy.
Bueckert, M. (2016). Solidarity With Whom? Occupy Wall Street and Responsibility to the Other(s). In W. Carroll & K. Sarker (Eds.), A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony (pp. 327-341). Winnipeg, MB: ARP Books.
This chapter examines the role of organizational structures in mediating anti-capitalist solidarity in the Occupy movement. It explores the debate surrounding the ‘horizontal’ tactics and organization of Occupy, which included leaderlessness and consensus-based decision-making, with an emphasis not on assertions of ‘effectiveness’ but rather on the underlying conflict over what it means to be in solidarity,or "responsible to the other." While horizontalism is predicated on a notion of solidarity rooted in respect for the individual autonomy of the other, contradictions emerged in practice, most significantly when the horizontalist emphasis on participation prevented solidarity from being extended to those unable to participate. The chapter argues that the experience of Occupy reveals the limits to the horizontalist practice of solidarity, and suggests that formal structures—including leadership and representation—may be necessary to facilitate a solidarity capable of prefiguring a desired, post-capitalist future.
"Flight of the Boers," Africa is a Country, May 29, 2018.
"No platform for Apartheid," Africa Is A Country, April 3, 2018.
"Searching for white genocide in South Africa," Africa Is A Country, February 26, 2018.
"Paul Kagame and Benjamin Netanyahu are enablers of each other's worst behavior," Africa Is A Country, February 6, 2018.
"Verwoerd in Jerusalem," Africa Is A Country, December 8, 2017.