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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders would win – if US elections weren’t controlled by big money….. But he just might win anyway, and he is well on his way

The Independent Senator from Vermont, and US Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is riding a fast-growing wave of popular support across the United States. Sanders is getting ten times the turn-out for rallies as any other candidate, and the momentum continues to build. Bernie Sanders is getting higher turn-outs to rallies than the Republican candidates, even . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders would win – if US elections weren’t controlled by big money….. But he just might win anyway, and he is well on his way

Politics and its Discontents: I Have Nothing To Add To This

… except the adjective unfettered in front of capitalism

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Mulcair: Canada’s pseudo Johnny Appleseed.

Tom Mulcair’s role for Canada’s New Democrats seems to include wearing a forced smile and offering band-aid solutions to problems. Other than his strange arithmetic about day care, he is spreading seeds of programs rather than anything that might bear fruit in the foreseeable future. To most voters he remains an unknown, an enigma.

In . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Mulcair: Canada’s pseudo Johnny Appleseed.

Babel-on-the-Bay: NDP changing times, changing directions.

The CCF—the party of Tommy Douglas—represented the working man, the farmer and the socially conscious in an era of rapid growth and acquisition after the Second World War. We had little time for CCF concerns or socialism in those exciting years but the party was respected as a political conscience. It was only when the . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: NDP changing times, changing directions.

Canadian Dimension: New Paths Toward 21st Century Socialism

Artwork by Konstantin Vyalov (1932)

Introduction by Richard Fidler

Among the many panels and plenaries at the Conference of the Society for Socialist Studies, which met in Ottawa June 2-5, was a Book Launch for Marta Harnecker’s latest English-language book, A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism (translated by . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: New Paths Toward 21st Century Socialism

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I stumbled on this letter to the New York Times Book Review from a few weeks ago. It’s in response to a review of two books about precarious work – one about technology threatening jobs of even the most educated people, and another about the rise of unpaid labour. Barbara Ehrenreich’s chilling review of Martin . . . → Read More: wmtc: wmtc 2015-06-21 17:00:00

Parchment in the Fire: Creating an Economy of Need in Greece

Filed under: Europe Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza

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Canadian Dimension: ‘There is no Alternative Unless We Build One’: Reinventing Socialist Politics

Photo by Pasu Au Yeung

The varied left histories dating back to the long 19th century gained momentum during the tumultuous first decades of the 20th century and for some time after. They came to an end, at one point or another, between the military coup in Chile (1973), the elections of Margaret . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: ‘There is no Alternative Unless We Build One’: Reinventing Socialist Politics

Canadian Dimension: Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously

Equal Love rally in Melbourne • Photo by Socialist Alternative

As the sun set on the Occupy Seattle encampment in December 2011, the question “What next?” hung in the air, as it did over Zuccotti Park in New York City. The tents were gone, our spirits were dampened, but an awakened sense of . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously

Babel-on-the-Bay: Who leads Canada’s progressives?

Canadian media are a lazy bunch. They follow the paths of least resistance and false assumptions. Take this past week when some supposed progressives were gathered at the Broadbent Institute in Ottawa for its Progress Summit. The one question that was never answered was ‘Who were the Liberal Progressives at the gathering?’

Ed Broadbent never . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Who leads Canada’s progressives?

Canadian Dimension: Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self-Destruction

Buzludzha • Photo by Stanislav Traykov

Introduction

Over the past year, what appeared as hopeful signs, that Left governments were emerging as powerful alternatives to right-wing pro-US regimes, is turning into a historic rout, which will relegate them to the dustbin of history for many years to come. The rise and rapid decay . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self-Destruction

Parchment in the Fire: Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

In light of the new Syriza government’s difficult struggle against the German dominated institutions of the Eurozone, I’ve revisited a little known book published ten years ago by political scientist Richard Dunphy called Contesting Capitalism? Left Parties and European Integration (Manchester University Press, 2004). In the book, Dunphy charts out the trajectory of the . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

Parchment in the Fire: The rise of Europe’s new Left

The rise of Europe’s new Left.

By Bryan Evans

Filed under: Europe, Socialism Tagged: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Podemos, Spain, Syriza

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The Disaffected Lib: The Germans Get It. When Will We?

Sixty per cent of Germans believe that capitalism is the cause of poverty and hunger and that real democracy can’t be realized under that economic system.  It seems they’re not fond of market fundamentalism and neoliberalism.  In fact, they see straight through it.

You might have thought that Germans who live in Europe’s economic . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Germans Get It. When Will We?

Parchment in the Fire: Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP? | openDemocracy

Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP? | openDemocracy.

Filed under: Europe, Socialism Tagged: EU, Europe, Podemos, Socialism, Syriza

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Parchment in the Fire: How Radical is Syriza?

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Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Greece Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza, the Left

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Parchment in the Fire: Los Indignados to Podemos

Filed under: Austerity, Crisis, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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Parchment in the Fire: The Syriza Challenge in Greece Pt. II

Filed under: Greece Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza

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Parchment in the Fire: The Syriza Challenge in Greece

Filed under: Austerity, Crisis, Eurozone crisis, Greece, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza

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Canadian Dimension: Socialism Will Continue in Cuba

Photo from Centro de Estudios Che Guevara en La Habana

Comrades all:

We have all lived through intense and exciting moments in the last few days.

In this very month of December we successfully held the Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit. Last Sunday we held the Thirteenth Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Socialism Will Continue in Cuba

The Canadian Progressive: Speech by Cuban President Raul Castro on normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations

In speech, Cuban President Raul Castro thanks Canada for facilitating the high-level dialogue which resulted in the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, maintains that Cuba will not not renounce socialism.

The post Speech by Cuban President Raul Castro on normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: what i’m reading: this changes everything by naomi klein, one of the most important books you’ll ever read

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein, is incredibly difficult to write about. I’ve been putting sticky notes beside important paragraphs as I read, and my copy now looks like an art project, bristling with coloured paper squares. I can say without exaggeration that this is one of the most important . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: this changes everything by naomi klein, one of the most important books you’ll ever read

Dead Wild Roses: Trumpeting the Nordic Model – How Socialism Wins the Day

Damn, Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland, is getting cocky. For good reason of course. Keeping the people that run your country and businesses educated and healthy = productivity and innovation.

 

Shocked I am. Positively aghast. 🙂

 

Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Politics Tagged: Neo-Liberal Troll Bait., Nordic Countries, Socialism, Welfare State

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Parchment in the Fire: Crisis and Class-Struggle in Slovenia: The Growing Momentum of Socialist Politics | The Bullet No. 1055

Crisis and Class-Struggle in Slovenia: The Growing Momentum of Socialist Politics | The Bullet No. 1055.

Crisis and Class-Struggle in Slovenia: The Growing Momentum of Socialist Politics Jaša Lategano

For many liberal spectators, Slovenia was for a long time considered a success story of transition from a ‘socialist dictatorship’ into a ‘parliamentary democracy’ based . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Crisis and Class-Struggle in Slovenia: The Growing Momentum of Socialist Politics | The Bullet No. 1055

Politics, Re-Spun: Socialist, AND Nobel Peace Prize Winner

…And after reading that, do you have an urge to say, “yeah, but”

– she’s young

– she’s a woman

– she’s uneducated

– whatever other condescending, dismissive thing you can imagine?

As a post-partisan eco-socialist, I affirm her words.

And if you follow the link below, you’ll see that The Nation Magazine uses the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Socialist, AND Nobel Peace Prize Winner