Articles Tagged ‘Democracy’

  • Time for the “International Left” to Take a Stand on Venezuela

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The international left does not even need to take a position on whether the proposed constitutional assembly or negotiations with the opposition is the best way to resolve the current crisis. Opposing intervention and disseminating information on what is actually happening in Venezuela, though, are the two things where non-Venezuelans can play a constructive role.

  • Popular participation, not populism

    Social Movements

    A reframing is a necessary condition for gaining a popular hearing electorally. Certainly, the rightward move towards a self-satisfied consensual centre, highlighted by Mouffe, left the electoral battlefield wide open to the populist right. But breaking the constraining hold of liberalism – and a proper challenge the inequalities that feed the right –– requires a more structural reconfiguration of politics and capitalism than this.

  • Democratic Party Floats Proposal for a Palace Coup

    USA Politics

    Friedman reveals the completely reactionary character of the opposition of the Democratic Party to the Trump administration. Trump and his band of fascists, generals and billionaires have provoked the hatred of tens of millions in the US who oppose the administration’s attacks on democratic rights, its police state persecution of immigrants, and its appeals to chauvinism, racism and militarism.

  • What’s the Matter with America?

    USA Politics

    Thomas Frank is the founder of The Baffler magazine, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas? and Listen Liberal, and past columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s Magazine. He delivered the 2017 annual Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture, on Donald Trump’s election and what it means for the USA. Introductions by Byan Evans and Ron Vogel, Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

  • Class, Party and the Challenge of State Transformation

    Socialism

    The alliances that socialist parties would have to enter into, not least in face of the growing threat from the far right of the political spectrum, should not just be amongst elites but be directed at new working-class formation of the broadest possible kind, and aimed at developing its actual potential to become the transformative agent in a transition to socialism.

  • 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.

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