Articles Tagged ‘Social Movements’

  • The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

    Social Movements

    Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and past president of the American Sociological Association. She has co-authored, with her late husband Richard Cloward, classic studies of American politics, social welfare, and social movements, including Regulating the Poor (1971).

  • Polarization and the Powder Keg

    Social Movements

    A ‘charismatic leader’ could emerge and bridge the different constituencies – downwardly mobile workers, militant blacks and politically disenfranchised activists may merge at some point around such a leader. But unless ‘the leader’ is harnessed to a powerful organized movement and directed by activist communities the threat of betrayal remains a real possibility.

  • Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies, and Scabs


  • Reactionary Tide in Latin America

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Since the beginning, there have been several attempts of the oligarchies to re-establish their traditional rule, by various sorts of coup d’état, with the blessings of U.S. Imperialism, but in most cases – Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador – these efforts failed, thanks to massive popular mobilization against them.

  • The Left After Leave


    I don’t hold out much hope for a Corbyn victory in the next general election, but his continuing leadership is all that stands between having a Labour Party that defends immigrants and one which, on the basis of political expediency, follows the political drift to the right in the name of “legitimate concerns about immigration.”

  • From the Tar Sands to ‘Green Jobs’? Work and Ecological Justice


    But the political calculation of ecologists, unionists, and socialists needs to be as ambitious as the challenges at hand are large. This is to insist that a rupture with the existing paradigm of production and work is needed – ‘ways of living’ as the early ecology and socialist movements envisioned. Solar communism, anyone?

  • After “Brexit”: A Social-Democratic Re-Founding of Europe?


    Could this be a Gramscian kind of “passive revolution”? Or is it maybe the clarion call for the SPD’s re-social-democratization and thus revitalization – prompted perhaps by the international rise and success of the (class) conflict-oriented, anti-Third Way social democrats Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the United States?

  • Green Party Moves Towards Declaring Itself Eco-Socialist

    USA Politics

    In a major development, the Green Party took a key step towards declaring itself Eco-socialist. The party’s National Committee voted Sunday night to approve a proposed amendment to the party’s platform entitled “Ecological Economics.” The proposed platform position declares that the Green Party is anti-capitalist and in favor of a decentralized vision socialism.

  • The Resistible Rise of the Far Right in Europe


    Europeans are feeling increasingly uncomfortable with their democracies. According to last autumn’s ‘Eurobarometer’, 62 per cent of Europeans believe that things are going in the wrong direction; 48 per cent declare themselves to have no trust in their governments and 43 per cent say that they are unsatisfied with their democracies. This is not new.

  • The French Stand Up


    This intellectual revolution has only just begun, and it is likely to have a long-term effect on consciousness. Meanwhile, the French are not only debout talking all night, they are also standing up for themselves and for all of us in the streets and on the picket lines – standing up against the 1%’s relentless attacks on our living standards and on our lives. Maybe there is an alternative.

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