Playing Left Wing

From Rink Rat to Student Radical

By Yves Engler  

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What makes a student radical? Can students in the 21st century play a part in changing the world? What were those troublemakers thinking when they blocked former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at Concordia University in Montreal? Playing Left Wing answers these and other questions by telling the story of how a former junior hockey player became media spokesperson for the “most radical” university students in Canada. An entertaining read, _Playing Left Win_g is also an informative inside look at the thinking, motivation and politics of the latest generation of student activists.

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  • My Year as Student Council Vice-president
  • The Route from Hockey to Student Activism
  • The Importance of Speaking Truth to Power
  • Some Good Reasons To Be an Activist o More Good Reasons To Be an Activist
  • Another Good Reason To Be an Activist
  • Understanding the Game You’re Playing
  • After the Revolution o What I Learned in School
  • The Trouble with Activism
  • A Mini-manual of Creative Activism
  • If We Had No Activists
  • Alternatives to Capitalism
  • How Politics is Similar to Hockey


  • Yves Engler

    Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler has been dubbed “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I.F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “ever-insightful” ( and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen). His six books have been praised by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, William Blum, Rick Salutin and many others. “Yves became a foreign-policy expert by working as a night doorman in Montreal…He’s in the mould of I. F. Stone, who wasted no time with politicians, who all have an agenda, but went instead straight to the public record.” - Rick Salutin, Globe and Mail

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