Why do war, social inequality, environmental degradation, human and non-human animal suffering, and rampant disease plague us? Are these horrors we witness daily merely the normal state of things, something endemically human and immutable, or can we do something to fundamentally change the state of life on this planet?
It’s not a new question; various actors and movements have tried in the past to change the course of humanity’s existential paradigm, yet here we are, generation after generation fighting over the same old ground.
Gary Engler is a long-time Vancouver-based journalist, author, and full-time elected officer with Unifor Local 2000, the media workers union. Engler’s first novel is, ‘The Year We Became Us,’ a chronicle of the 1962 Saskatchewan doctors “strike.”
For his newest project, Gary is aided by son Yves Engler, brother Al Engler, and Jean Rands, comrades who have collaborated to transcribe the ‘The New Commune-ist Manifesto: Workers of the World, It Really Is Time to Unite,’ a book positing the question: “If Marx were to sit down to pen his classic 19th Century treatise today, what would it contain?”
Gary and Yves Engler will be here in Victoria this Wednesday, November 6th to launch the book; first at 3pm in the Camosun College Landowne Campus’ Paul building, and again at 7pm at Camas Books, 2620 Quadra Street, in the heart of the Quadra Village.
Gary Engler in the first half.
And; last month hundreds of thousands came out in demonstrations held in countries around the world to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the activities of Monsanto, one of the world’s biggest agro-chemical companies. Victoria was no exception, holding its second march and manifestation this year to make public opposition to Monsanto and the failure of the federal government to bring meaningful legislation for the labelling of Genetically Modified Organisms included in food products, and allowing further proliferation of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide Round-Up Ready, among other of the company’s environmentally poisonous products. I went down to the demonstration to get my fair share of the views.
Marching Against Monsanto for the second time in Victoria in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s going on on our streets and beyond. But first, Gary Engler and a new New Commune-ist Manifesto.
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