Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Andrea Dworkin on ‘The Left’.

  “Capitalism is not wicked or cruel when the commodity is the whore; profit is not wicked or cruel when the alienated worker is a female piece of meat; corporate bloodsucking is not wicked or cruel when the corporations in question, sell cunt; racism is not wicked or cruel when the black cunt or yellow ...

Left Over: The MSM Semantics of anti-Semitism…

ANALYSIS Has the activist left decided anti-Semitism doesn’t exist?: Neil Macdonald History, detail and nuance often ignored in modern political discourse By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 6:28 AM ET To answer your  question, Neil,  no, as a matter of fact, if  you were to ...

Parchment in the Fire: Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

By Hugo Monteiro | 23 May 16 | Portuguese politics is in limbo. The good news is that this limbo, the thin ice on which this agreement is skating, also presents an opportunity to engage in clear and clean politics with room for actual negotiation. The bad news for the right wing and its allies ...

Parchment in the Fire: Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power – Telegraph

Constitutional crisis looms after anti-austerity Left is denied parliamentary prerogative to form a majority government Source: Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power – Telegraph Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal, the Left

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 European Far ...

Parchment in the Fire: How Radical is Syriza?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13088 Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Greece Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza, the Left

Parchment in the Fire: The left needs a progressive Euroscepticism to counter the EU’s ills | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The left needs a progressive Euroscepticism to counter the EU’s ills | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com. Frustration is currently sweeping Europe and for good reason: persistent unemployment, inequality, weak growth and a pervasive sense of powerlessness, to name a few. Unfortunately, the main political beneficiary is likely to be the Eurosceptic ...

Parchment in the Fire: Norwegian voting patterns are a warning to leftwing parties elsewhere

Henning Finseraas and Kåre Vernby  Low levels of citizen participation in politics have long been seen as a serious democratic problem, and a possible relationship between turnout and election outcomes is a prominent topic of discussion in political science. The most frequent claim is that left-of-centre parties benefit from higher levels of turnout since many of them ...

Parchment in the Fire: Syriza Succeeds in Greece by Challenging European Left’s Approach to Reform

Syriza Succeeds in Greece by Challenging European Left’s Approach to Reform. Leo Panitch on Syriza’s radical approach to ‘reform’ in Europe. Filed under: Austerity, Capitalism, Social Democracy, Socialism Tagged: Europe, Syriza, the Left

Parchment in the Fire: Five Theses on the French Left

Reblogged from thecurrentmoment: As an antidote to the snide gossip that passes for analysis of French politics at the moment, and in line with our broader reflection on the state of the European left, here are five theses on the French left that we hope might go some way to explaining the present impasse. 1. ...

Parchment in the Fire: Europe’s left has seen how capitalism can bite back | Leo Panitch

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/12/europe-left-capitalism-social-democrats-reforms Filed under: Europe Tagged: Capitalism, Socialism, the Left

Parchment in the Fire: The Radical Left in Europe: An Outline – Transform Network

http://transform-network.net/en/journal/issue-132013/news/detail/Journal/the-radical-left-in-europe-an-outline.html Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Socialism, the Left

Parchment in the Fire: Nothing Left? In Search Of (a new) Social Democracy

http://www.social-europe.eu/2014/01/a-new-social-democracy/ Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: social democracy, the Left

RedBedHead: Norm Kelly v Rob Ford: The Right Wing Mayor Is Dead. Long Live The Right Wing Mayor!

Happier days for the populist right Well, it was indeed a circus at city hall yesterday. I wasn’t able to attend the performance live but did have the pleasure of watching some of it unfold via the miracle of the interwebs. Those Ford brothers sure know how to do a great imitation of The Sopranos ...

RedBedHead: Norm Kelly v Rob Ford: The Right Wing Mayor Is Dead. Long Live The Right Wing Mayor!

Happier days for the populist right Well, it was indeed a circus at city hall yesterday. I wasn’t able to attend the performance live but did have the pleasure of watching some of it unfold via the miracle of the interwebs. Those Ford brothers sure know how to do a great imitation of The Sopranos ...

RedBedHead: Ford Saga: Left Gives Cover To Right Wing Palace Coup

Cuts, what cuts? It’s all about bad behaviour photo credit: @HeartsOnTheLeft Not one word about cuts. Not one word about privatizing garbage collection. Nothing about his refusal to ever attend a single Gay Pride Parade. Zilch about his actual politics. No, everything is focused on his drinking, his drug use and his public displays of such ...

RedBedHead: Ford Saga: Left Gives Cover To Right Wing Palace Coup

Cuts, what cuts? It’s all about bad behaviour photo credit: @HeartsOnTheLeft Not one word about cuts. Not one word about privatizing garbage collection. Nothing about his refusal to ever attend a single Gay Pride Parade. Zilch about his actual politics. No, everything is focused on his drinking, his drug use and his public displays of such ...

RedBedHead: Three Reasons Why Ford Should Stay

Everyone’s clamouring for Ford to resign: he lied, he smoked crack, he was wasted on the job, the city needs a competent administration. Balls, I say. I’ve seen competent administrations and I can say for certain in the present climate that a “competent administration” will focus its attention on further austerity and attacking those who ...

RedBedHead: Three Reasons Why Ford Should Stay

Everyone’s clamouring for Ford to resign: he lied, he smoked crack, he was wasted on the job, the city needs a competent administration. Balls, I say. I’ve seen competent administrations and I can say for certain in the present climate that a “competent administration” will focus its attention on further austerity and attacking those who ...

The Canadian Progressive: Tom Flanagan Blames #IdleNoMore, The Left For His Spectacular Downfall

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | March 4, 2013: Tom Flanagan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s former strategist, now claims he “walked into a trap” when he made the pornography comments that led to his spectacular downfall last week. In a guest column on the National Post, the University of Calgary professor (soon to retire) says the question ...