Without warning

All of the streams trapped underground or poisoned

Began roaring with a single voice

All of the old barns torn down for parking lots

Rose up and marched

Like a gray army of coffin slats

All of the clear-cut trees in the north woods became ghosts

Haunting the houses of Parliament

And in the great cities, grass pricked the pavement

With its fine green swords

Thus, the great reclamation began


Karen Howell McFadden, from In the Rhythm of the All



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Charles Posa McFadden and Karen Howell McFadden, except where indicated otherwise, are jointly responsible for the content of this website, although credit is shared by all of the teachers and authors, known and unknown, whose knowledge and ideas have influenced the result, directly or indirectly, and by all those friends who have offered ideas, advice and encouragement. Particular mention needs to be made of Frank Cunningham, who helped set the authors on course with his response and advice on the initial essay (theoretical perspective) and helped again with his response to the initial draft of our essay on socialist alternatives (now chapter 6 of the principal work published here).   A sample of Frank's work and that of George Hewison, a lifelong stalwart of the rights of working people, and Ed Lehman, a leader of the peace movement in Saskatchewan, are gratefully included among the postings on this site. 

Janice Harvey deserves special mention for the extensive written feedback she gave to earlier versions of the first four essays that appeared on this website (chapters 2-5 of the principal work), including credit for many of the clarifications and amendments that were added.  Particular thanks are also due to a growing list of friends and family for their suggestions and encouragement, all of which have helped shape and inspire the results.  In particular, Scott Cameron McFadden has provided feedback and encouragement for each of the essays that now comprise the seven chapters posted here.     

Hasnain Mirza and Elma Miranda Mirza, whose assistance and enthusiasm is much appreciated, have been responsible throughout the development of this website for its layout and design.  

A brief professional biography of Charles McFadden can be found here. Karen Howell McFadden (Ph.D. English literature, U of Toronto) is a  poet, artist, teacher and literary scholar.

This website is dedicated to:

Kyle and Kaela,

and all other grandchildren everywhere.



This website was launched September 1, 2010 in support of a green social democratic alternative to neoliberal capitalist policy and practice. The primary result is a work by Charles and Karen McFadden of seven chapters, grouped under the title, Towards a Green Social Democratic Alternative to Capitalism available here in pdf and html formats.

Below under the heading What’s New can be found the most recent materials posted on this website, including opinion pieces, book reviews, articles and selections from the 2017 edition of the main work.  For the interest of new and returning visitors, new materials will be included quarterly.

What's New


Authors' Preface

1.6 The epochal nature of the period we are entering

6.0 The socialism we need against the "socialism" of the 20th century

6.8 Additional concerns about 20th century variants of "socialism"

6.9 The people united!

7.1 Policy alternatives and political movements to advance them


Charles and Karen McFadden, Is revolutionary transformation on the agenda

Charles and Karen McFaddenHumanity on the Brink

Charles and Karen McFaddenMovements of Resistance to Movements for System Change

Charles McFaddenTranslating Green Principles into Education Policy and Practice

Charles and Karen McFadden, The Role of Revolutionaries in the Labor Movement


Charles and Karen McFadden, “The Shape of Water” as an Antidote to the Age of Trump 

Charles McFadden, Decolonizing the U.S. & Canada: The People United for a More Just Sustainable Future

Karen and Charles McFaddenCan emergent early 21st century neo-fascism be defeated without coming to grips with late 20th century restructuring of capitalism into a global system

Karen and Charles McFaddenA Dominant Capitalism or a Sustainable Environment? Why we can't have both.


William I. RobinsonThe Crisis of Global Capitalism and Trump's March to War

William I. RobinsonTrumpism, 21st Century Fascism, and the Dictatorship of the Transnational Capitalist Class


George HewisonWINNIPEG 1919 & THE COLD WAR

George HewisonArt Manuel - "Unsettling Canada

George HewisonThe NDP and LEAP


Albert Einstein, David Swanson, Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, William I. Robinson, and others Selected articles for Winter 2018



1.7 The dynamics of capitalism as a system and the limits of single issue reforms

2.11 The economy in transition towards a new deal for labor and the community

3.1 The challenge of a moribund economic system

3.7 Public banking: A cornerstone of a green social democracy

4.7 Economics and culture

6.5 Using the non-market economy as an opportunity to begin moving beyond capitalism


1.6 The epochal nature of the period we are entering

2.0 Theoretical Perspective: Defining Green Social Democracy

2.5. Socialism and green social democracy in historical materialist theory

4.3 Culture in historical perspective

5.1 Contrasting a green social democratic world with the currently prevailing, but challenged neo-liberal one

6.2 Socialism and capitalism as coexisting social systems


2.11 The economy in transition towards a new deal for labor and the community

5.7 Defeating neo-liberal capitalism: The role of social movements

7.3 Justice: Creating a just society, based on the right of all to a dignified, secure existence

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