In The Fire and the Ashes, long-time union economist and policy analyst Andrew Jackson looks back on a fascinating career in the labour movement, the NDP, and left politics, combining keen historical analysis with a political manifesto for today.
As one of the few trade union economists in Canada, Jackson brings a unique insider perspective and decades of experience to bear on his critical reflections on the history and changing fortunes of the NDP, the failures of neoliberalism, and the waning and recent renewal of the democratic socialist tradition.
What plays out is a battle of ideas fought by Jackson and the wider left—one meant to rekindle both political veterans and a new generation of activists who believe that a true democracy cannot exist with great inequalities of wealth and political power, and that social ownership and public investment must be brought squarely into the mainstream.
About the author
Andrew Jackson spent most of his career as Chief Economist and Director of Social and Economic Policy with the Canadian Labour Congress. Since retiring from the CLC in 2012 he has been senior policy adviser to the Broadbent Institute, and spent two years as the Packer Visiting Professor of Social Justice at York University. He is currently an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. He writes a bi-weekly on line column for the Globe and Mail and is the author of numerous articles and several books, including Work and Labour in Canada: Critical Issues which is now in its second edition.
Other titles by Andrew Jackson
Sick of the System
Why the COVID-19 recovery must be revolutionary
Work and Labour in Canada, Third Edition
Work and Labour in Canada, 2nd Edition
Work and Labour in Canada
The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) and Its Impact