Rob Lyons joined the Canadian section of the USFI in 1971, after a stint as a journalist who covered the Prague Autumn of 1968, and as political organizer for the New Democratic Youth, the left wing youth group of the Canadian labour party based on the trade unions. Until recently, he was the International Coordinator for Socialist Action/Ligue pour lÁction Socialiste, a Canadian Trotskyist organization excluded from the EUSecFI, and in that capacity attended the founding conference of the Tendency for a Revolutionary International. He has been a wilderness and air ambulance pilot, a trade union organizer, and elected union leader, and for 10 years was an elected member of the Saskatchewan, Canada, provincial legislature representing a heavily unionized, working class constituency. He presently writes political commentary and organizes from a working class barrio in southern Costa Rica.
NATO’s War in Ukraine: Building the Anti-war Movement We Need Requires Clarity
As part of the ongoing debates among socialists on the war in Ukraine, we publish this guest polemic.
Rob LyonsFebruary 17, 2023
Canadians Rise Up Against the Country’s History of Genocide
In recent weeks, as the horrors perpetrated in the Canadian governments residential schools have been crystalized by the discovery of a series of mass graves of Indigenous children killed in the system, the country has erupted in a spate of Catholic churches burnt, church buildings covered by graffiti, and statues of those whose responsible for the murders toppled.
Rob LyonsJuly 6, 2021
“Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win”: An Open Letter to the Comrades of AyR and L’Étincelle, and to the Members of the Tendency for a Revolutionary International (TRI)
A former member of the Canadian section of the USFI and former International Coordinator for Socialist Action/Ligue pour lÁction Socialiste offers a response to the attacks against the Revolutionary Communist Current in France by sectors within the New Anticapitalist Party. His reflections are part of an ongoing debate about the formation of an international revolutionary socialist organization in France, a critical discussion for socialists around the world.
Rob LyonsJune 4, 2021
Marxism, Revolutionary Waves, and the Theory of the Weakest Link
Some Comments on Albamonte’s “The Marxist Method and the Present Time of Crisis, Wars, and Revolutions.”
Rob LyonsMarch 15, 2021
A Sledgehammer: Review of Judas and the Black Messiah
A revolutionary socialist and Left Voice correspondent who met Fred Hampton in 1969 reviews the new Fred Hampton biopic, Judas and the Black Messiah.
Rob LyonsMarch 1, 2021
Mass Opposition Stops Alberta Coal Mining Expansion… For Now.
Mass opposition centered in the heart of the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains has forced Alberta’s right-wing government to reverse their decision lifting a government policy that outlawed strip, open face, and other forms of coal mining.
Rob LyonsFebruary 10, 2021
Mass Rebellion in Costa Rica Beats Back the Government and the International Monetary Fund
A mass rebellion reminiscent of the Yellow Vest movement in France has forced the government of Carlos Alvarado to back down from its plans for destructive tax increases, cuts to public services, and privatizations. The rebellion has changed the political dynamics in a country which was formerly seen as “the Switzerland of Central America.”
Rob LyonsOctober 19, 2020
When Imperialism Lost: The United Army of Central America and the Defeat of the Filibusters
In 1856, the combined forces of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala beat back U.S.-backed filibuster William Walker’s attacks from Nicaragua.
Rob LyonsAugust 11, 2018
Central America and the Permanent Revolution, Part 1: The Origins
This is the first article in a series that aims to analyze the perspectives of revolutionary processes in Central America using the concept of permanent revolution.
Rob LyonsJuly 9, 2018
The “New” European Reformism and the Failure of the Broad Left Party Strategy
The capitulation of the SYRIZA government to the demands of European imperialism has sent shock waves across a wide section of the international Left for some very concrete and understandable reasons.
Rob LyonsAugust 20, 2015
Hundreds of anti-poverty activists march for housing in Toronto
Toronto- Hundreds of anti-poverty activists answered the call of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) to march for social housing and to protest the estimated $2.2 Billion CAD spent on the Pan American Games.
Rob LyonsJuly 21, 2015