Articles Tagged ‘Elections’

  • “Things are serious”: Update on the French Presidential Election

    Europe

    As Youssef Boussoumah, a member of the Parti des Indigènes de la République (which helped organize the mass march against racism and police violence on March 19), pointedly asked in a social media post a few days ago: “what stops us from getting rid of the pest (Le Pen) on May 7 and eliminating cholera (Macron) the day after?” The question deserves to be asked at every occasion.

  • The 2017 Ontario NDP Convention: Lessons Learned, Steps Forward

    Canadian Politics

    In June 2014, The Ontario NDP wrapped up a fairly disappointing election. While the results on the surface were acceptable for Andrea Horwath and the ONDP—maintaining their 2011 seat total, and adding one percent of the popular vote—the end result was a Liberal majority government built on the relative collapse of Progressive Conservative support, which was driven by strategic voters looking to reject the politics of extreme austerity.

  • Justin Trudeau on electoral reform: deception, cynicism, and misrepresentations

    Canadian Politics

    The year 2015 will be the last federal election under the First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system. This was the promise Justin Trudeau made during the 2015 campaign. But Trudeau’s Liberals have abandoned this campaign plank, based on a cynical series of lies and misrepresentations of their own promise, along with what the actual effect of ER is.

  • It Can Happen Here

    Canadian Politics

    We must find a way to defend all of the groups and interests now under threat while building a movement that can bring about a future embodying all of our common values, including cooperation, equality, individual rights, economic security, and environmental sustainability. Fully securing those values will ultimately require passing beyond the capitalist system.

  • 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.

  • The US Election: an Exercise in Mendacity

    USA Politics

    The Trump supporter thinks, what difference does it make if he makes up stories about Muslims? The Clinton supporter asks (with increasing indignation towards the questioner), what difference does it make if she lied about her emails, and about Benghazi, and got her party’s nomination through the machinations of mendacious people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

  • The 1 Percent’s Useful Idiots

    USA Politics

    It will require anger and courage. It is the greatest moral imperative before us. Those who do not defy the evil become its accomplice. We may not succeed. But we must be among those of whom future generations will say: They tried. They dared to dream. They dared to care. They dared to love. They enabled those who followed to press on in the struggle.

  • Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Lesser-Evilism: The Liberals who Cried Wolf?

    USA Politics

    The American people don’t deserve Trump, the world doesn’t deserve Trump, and even the average Democratic voter doesn’t deserve Trump. But liberal elites across the developed world do. It was their cuts to social programs, their imbalanced trade deals, and their attacks on the organized working class that set into motion such a potential catastrophe.

  • Brazil: Coup or Fiasco?

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    This will be no more easy than it was for the PT in 1980. The difference between 1980 and now is the degree to which the modern world-system is in structural crisis. The struggle is worldwide and the Brazilian left can either play a major role in it or slip into global irrelevance and national misery.

  • NDP inhibits internal democracy with steep leadership race entry fee

    Canadian Politics

    We are seeing an unanticipated socialist moment in North America due to the Sanders campaign in the U.S. Given the repudiation of the establishment the membership just delivered when it ousted Mulcair as leader, one would have every right to think that maybe, just maybe, now was finally the time where something might occur to shake up the deadening centrist rot that has been eating away at the NDP.

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