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Pablo Iglesias of Podemos on going for the win | P2P Foundation

Pablo Iglesias of Podemos on going for the win | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“I have defeat tattooed on my DNA. My great-uncle was shot dead. My grandfather was given the death sentence and spent 5 years in jail. My grandmothers suffered the humiliation of those defeated in the Civil War. My father was put in jail. My mother was politically active in the underground. My first experience of political socialisation as a child was in the mobilisations against NATO [in the 1980s], which was the last time that the Left in this country thought we could win. It bothers me enormously to lose. … And I’ve spent many years, with colleagues, devoting almost all of our political activity to thinking how we can win … The things I say in the mass media and how I say them require a great many hours’ work where we think about how to move through an absolutely hostile terrain.
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Why the Kurdish Struggle for Democratic Confederalism is so important for all of us | P2P Foundation

Why the Kurdish Struggle for Democratic Confederalism is so important for all of us | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“What is novel about the Kurdish struggle for self-determination is its very definition of self-determination. The concept, when applied to nations, is generally taken to mean the right of nations to secede and form states of their own, but the Kurds see it differently. Many believe an experiment in democratic confederalism is what the region really needs.
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GOP’s secret weapon: How right-wing churches turn the 99 percent into the Tea Party

GOP’s secret weapon: How right-wing churches turn the 99 percent into the Tea Party | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There's a way to counter their success, but it means liberals must get comfortable talking about the spiritual
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Eugene Puryear interview: launching a new movement for change - Liberation

Eugene Puryear interview: launching a new movement for change - Liberation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Liberation sat down with Eugene Puryear on Nov. 5 to discuss the outcome and significance of his campaign for the seat of D.C. Councilmember At-Large.
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Mobilising a counter-hegemonic climate movement | P2P Foundation

Mobilising a counter-hegemonic climate movement | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As concerned citizens mobilise for climate change demonstrations across the world, never has it been more important to embrace a collective demand for ‘system change’ as the surest way to limit global warming and ensure environmental sustainability.
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Left Victory in Brazil: World Consequences

On Oct. 26, Pres. Dilma Rousseff of Brazil of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers Party, PT) won re-election in the second round of voting by a narrow margin against Aécio Neves of the Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (Brazilian Social Democratic Party, PSDB). Despite the name of the PSDB, this was a clear left-right struggle, in which voters generally voted their class position, even though the programs of the two parties were on many fronts more centrist than left or right.

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Al Gore says Silicon Valley is a “stalker economy”

Al Gore says Silicon Valley is a “stalker economy” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I was in the audience listening to the interview and was surprised and impressed with his willingness to address serious tech-related issues head on. He called NSA’s mass surveillance operations unconstitutional, quoted from James Bamford’s book “The Puzzle Palace,” criticized the ongoing push to privatize public education and repeatedly talked about America’s yawning wealth inequality and the hijacking of its political system by the ultra rich. He also argued against the idea that charity can replace government, and dismissed the widely held belief in the tech world that capitalism and markets are somehow more efficient than democracy.
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Sympathy for the Luddites

Sympathy for the Luddites | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1786, the cloth workers of Leeds, a wool-industry center in northern England, issued a protest against the growing use of “scribbling” machines, which were taking over a task formerly performed by skilled labor. “How are those men, thus thrown out of employ to provide for their families?” asked the petitioners. “And what are they to put their children apprentice to?”
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Why did Britain’s political class buy into the Tories’ economic fairytale?

Why did Britain’s political class buy into the Tories’ economic fairytale? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The UK economy has been in difficulty since the 2008 financial crisis. Tough spending decisions have been needed to put it on the path to recovery because of the huge budget deficit left behind by the last irresponsible Labour government, showering its supporters with social benefit spending. Thanks to the coalition holding its nerve amid the clamour against cuts, the economy has finally recovered. True, wages have yet to make up the lost ground, but it is at least a “job-rich” recovery, allowing people to stand on their own feet rather than relying on state handouts.
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John Holloway on Changing the World Without Taking Power | P2P Foundation

John Holloway on Changing the World Without Taking Power | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Changing the world without taking power: John Holloway, a sociology professor in Mexico, recently gave an interview with Roar magazine suggesting how to introduce a new social and economic logic in the face of the mighty machine of neoliberal capitalism.
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In Spain, Politics via Reddit - The New Yorker

In Spain, Politics via Reddit - The New Yorker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Podemos is the world’s first Reddit party. Debates and online votes will shape the party as it stands for election in 2015.
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SYRIZA rising: what’s next for the movements in Greece? | ROAR Magazine

SYRIZA rising: what’s next for the movements in Greece? | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Autonomous movements are inclined not to capture power, but to disperse it: imagining new decentralized institutions for the governance of social and economic life to replace bourgeois democracy, which is immersed in a deep structural crisis of social reproduction, political representation and ecological sustainability. That does not entail laying out a well-defined program of exercise of power, but forging bonds and institutions that will allow the synthesis of the specific and local with the general and universal. The struggles for the commons, for knowledge, land, water and health, leave behind a legacy of accessible and participatory institutions, which can form the backbone of a new kind of power: a power of the people, not of the representatives.
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Understanding digital politics - The News International

Understanding digital politics - The News International | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Khan’s movement relies on projection of simplified and generalised complexities of a system that has been under attack since its inception. Not by coincidence does his approach strike a chord with the media; and so Khan continues to carry his message on sound bites and mercury lights.

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The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks

The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What can we expect Congress to do about America's staggeringly top-heavy concentration of income and wealth over the next two years? Absolutely nothing.
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Uber's ride-hailing service winning over members of US Congress - FT.com (blog)

FT experts in San Francisco, London and Taipei upload their views
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What new power looks like

What new power looks like | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of "new power" start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power; watch and see if you agree.
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Anti-politics: Elephant in the room - Left Flank

Anti-politics: Elephant in the room - Left Flank | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In this post we will try to clarify what we mean by “anti-politics”, and how this fits in a wider analysis of the crisis of politics that Left Flank has been developing since we started. Our analysis has moved on somewhat from pieces like this one in 2010, and we think it is worth acknowledging shifts in our analysis. Various responses to Russell Brand’s attack on the political system, and discussion here and on social media, have encouraged us to try to put our thoughts about “anti-politics” in one place. We apologise in advance for the abbreviated and schematic nature of what follows.
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We Are Not the Only Political Animals - New York Times (blog)

We Are Not the Only Political Animals - New York Times (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
To define other species as “nonpolitical” excludes them from consideration as beings with interests of their own. What’s wrong with that?
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Why Democrats Should Love Bitcoin - Bitcoin Magazine

Why Democrats Should Love Bitcoin - Bitcoin Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I opined on why Republicans should love bitcoin. Thankfully, though, the GOP aren’t the only ones invited to the party. That’s the nature of bitcoin: it has something to offer to everyone. To illustrate, each section of this article begins with a quote taken directly from the Democratic National Platform, followed by a discussion of how bitcoin can address the issue in question.

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The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality

The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Recently, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some shocking advice to a young businesswoman who was concerned that her male peers were passing her up for promotions: Don’t question the systemic sexism of corporate America, just trust in “good karma” to get you ahead. While his attitude made waves in the blogosphere, in fact it accurately represents a form of spirituality that is becoming popular in the West.
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Podemos: The Radical Party Turning Spanish Politics on Its Head - Newsweek

To celebrate his 36th birthday last weekend, Pablo Iglesias declared war on the Spanish establishment. “Heaven is not taken by consensus,” the de facto leader of Podemos declaimed to a raucous reception in Madrid’s Palacio Vistalegre bullring, “it is taken by assault”.

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Podemos as a template for the New Left | P2P Foundation

Podemos as a template for the New Left | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Marketing guru Philip Kotler wrote that “the costumer will judge the offering by three basic elements: product features and quality, services mix and quality, and price. All three elements must be meshed into a competitively attractive offering.” It might sound obscene to some that I strongly believe there is much that the Left could take from this sort of advice.”
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Changing Society Without Taking Power | P2P Foundation

Changing Society Without Taking Power | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“It is important to understand Holloway’s brilliant double entendre “taking power.” Taking power is not just the taking “of” state power but the collective power of society’s hierarchical structure to “take” – appropriate – the commonly created wealth, including the commons of the natural world. The capitalist economic system controls not just the means of production – labor – but the means of survival, i.e. food, shelter, information, safety, community etc. 

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Twelve Policy Proposals for Human Politics - P2P Foundation

Twelve Policy Proposals for Human Politics - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Parties attack one another constantly and working together is considered a weakness. Individuals, however, collaborate naturally; it is what they do best. We need a politics that listens to and engages the individual voices of men and women across society, and works hard to find solutions that benefit them all.
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Unifying the various new economy movements and proposals | P2P Foundation

Unifying the various new economy movements and proposals | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The new economy has several different names including the sharing economy, the solidarity economy, community resilience, transition, the oppositional economy, and more. At its core, however, is an awareness that the existing economy, which thrives on maximizing growth and profits at all expense, has failed us.
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