Articles Tagged ‘Democracy’

  • Brazilian President Temer Signs Constitutional Amendment Imposing 20 Years of Austerity

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Rousseff was ousted to shift economic policy towards neoliberalism, and now Temer is rewarding the banks and financial investors for backing the legislative coup, says SOAS Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho. He is Professor of Political Economy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

  • South Korean Protests Growing

    Asia

    These are the largest demonstrations in South Korea since the pro-democracy movement of the 1980s. But the street protests are also against the neoliberal reforms Park has pursued and the attacks on the KCTU (Korean Confederation of Trade Unions), and an emphatic statement that all politics is not forming in a populist hard right.

  • The Revival of the Working-Class Concept

    USA Politics

    The polarization in the country following the Trump electoral victory is not what Karl Marx called the “class struggle.” But it reflects an underlying class struggle which is a real thing, surely, in this country and globally. This struggle between capitalists and workers has never been totally eclipsed by struggles over anything else, including those involving “culture wars” and ethnic identity.

  • It’s Worse Than You Think

    USA Politics

    Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed. I do not know when this will happen. But that it will happen is certain. Investments in the stocks of the war industry, internal security and the prison-industrial complex have skyrocketed since Trump won the presidency. There is a lot of money to be made from a militarized police state.

  • It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump

    USA Politics

    They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.

  • Disillusioned by Leadership, Many Union Rank-and-File Turned to Trump

    Labour

    This is not a generation that’s going to stand by and let this congress and the fossil fuel industry destroy their prospects for health. It’s not going to happen. The climate crisis is going to overwhelm us unless we address it directly and this young generation understands that. I think that’s where it goes. That this is a movement moment greater than we had anticipated.

  • Voters Just Delivered a Mandate to a Pack of Absolute Fiends and Monsters

    USA Politics

    The miniscule American Left will have to dust off its electoral compromises and come to terms with the need to defend the gains of the civil rights movement, but also speak robustly against a trade policy that kills jobs and creates forgotten people. It is the failure to be bold and clear in the language of anti-neoliberalism that gave that space to Trump.

  • Revenge of the ‘Deplorables’

    USA Politics

    The people are hurting, and regrettably, Trump was the only vehicle presented to them by either major party in the general election to register their deepest discontent. The Trump voters are the messenger; don’t demonize them in an effort to salvage the prestige of the superrich elite that has temporarily lost its grip on the main levers of power in this nation.

  • Quick reflections on the November 2016 elections

    USA Politics

    Yes, let us lick our wounds and reflect on the future. This election result was one that more of us should have anticipated as a real possibility. In either case, that the results were so close and that we did not have the ideal candidate to represent the new majority emerging in the USA remains for me a source of immense hope.

  • The Empire Has No Clothes

    USA Politics

    Clinton will no doubt be elected, and for strategic reasons we can let out a sigh (of relief). For women, especially elderly suffragette voters, we can take appreciative pause for a female President of the United States, which is important in ways far beyond symbolism. But it would be foolish to forget Hillary Clinton’s digital footprint to the White House while she serves as POTUS and Commander in Chief.

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