Articles Tagged ‘Austerity’

  • The Greek Debacle

    Economic Crisis

    The Greek crisis has provoked a predictable mixture of indignation and self-satisfaction in Europe, alternatively lamenting the harshness of the settlement imposed on Athens or celebrating the last-minute retention of Greece within the European family, or both at once.

  • Syriza, Podemos, Left Bloc, and the Left

    Europe

    The opening plenary focused on anti-austerity politics, alliances, and national and international political potentials and challenges emerging in Europe and impacting the world; revolutionary dimensions of these developments - in the context of a mass-based political, economic, cultural, ecological, race and gender - of electoral, left, and social movement organizing.

  • The Class Logic behind Austerity Policies in the Euro Area

    Europe

    In a society where mass unemployment is the numerical complement of a severe deterioration in working conditions, in a society of multiple contradictions and expectations, the policy of the SYRIZA government can only become hegemonic if it clearly supports the interests of the working majority in their struggle against capital.

  • Canada’s Austerity Consensus

    Canadian Politics

    A consensus that has emerged over decades will not be broken easily. While putting a single man’s face to it may be useful to start the conversation, we will need to go further, examining the systemic challenges that prevent a parting with austerity — whether the slow-simmering kind Canadians are now experiencing, or sharper variants.

  • Fighting austerity in Québec is tied to Canada and colonialism

    Social Movements

    Cracks in the fatality of austerity are quickly spreading outward on the streets in Montréal. Thousands and thousands are actively joining a growing grassroots protest movement that is bold, broad and powerful.

  • The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes

    Education

    Will collectively produced wealth be used to enable students to work and learn free from the burden of wondering how to pay the rent, or will it be siphoned of by tax cuts, leaving students to pay a higher bill for access to institutions whose priorities are less and less determined by academics and students and more by unaccountable owners of money-value wealth?

  • Eyewitness Greece: The SYRIZA factor in European politics

    Europe

    Supporting and breaking out of the bridgehead against neoliberalism that SYRIZA has created in Greece is therefore a race against time, a race in immediate terms to give breadth, depth and higher degrees of organisation to the anti-austerity alternative in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and France.

  • The Fight Against Street Deaths in Toronto

    Canadian Politics

    If people are allowed to freeze to death for lack of basic shelter then we have moved beyond reduced entitlement and arrived at a situation of reckless and lethal social abandonment.

  • Can we put the brakes on austerity?

    Canadian Politics

    It’s one of the oldest scripts in the political playbook: Once elected, you discover — horror of horrors — that the previous government has been hiding just how bad the financial situation is. This requires the new government to take radical measures to cut expenses, something that Philippe Couillard’s Liberals would have mentioned during the election campaign… if only they had known.

  • The Greek Election

    Europe

    As we enter the eighth year of the long-lingering global economic crisis, it is sobering indeed that it is only in Greece that a political party putting forward a clear, radical democratic alternative to the perverse policies of neoliberal austerity stands on the doorstep of entering the state.

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