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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Should the left support a "Brexit" in the upcoming British referendum? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Should the left support a "Brexit" in the upcoming British referendum? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Declaration of the Conference of European Left Parties Solidarity Conference With Kurdish People | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Declaration of the Conference of European Left Parties Solidarity Conference With Kurdish People | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Resurgence of the World Left? - Middle East Online

Resurgence of the World Left?
Middle East Online
After the rightward swing of the last decade or so, the pendulum is going the other way. How much difference does this make? Asks Immanuel Wallerstein.
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Communist parties battle for few Marxist votes: No will to unite Canada's far left - National Post

Communist parties battle for few Marxist votes: No will to unite Canada's far left - National Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
It’s safe to say that Canada’s two communist options are selling a far less threatening version of Marxism than the bomb-throwing, world-revolution communism
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Rolling Back the New “Gilded Age” With Labor's New Militant Minority - Working ... - In These Times

Rolling Back the New “Gilded Age” With Labor's New Militant Minority - Working ... - In These Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

All of us on the Left are all too familiar with the capitalist offensive of the past forty years. Under the banner of "neoliberalism," capital has rolled back almost every gain working people across the world have made since the 1930s. All sorts of public industries, services and institutions have been privatized, social welfare programs that protected workers from the worst insecurities of the labor-market have been rolled back or simply abolished and unions and working class political parties that had traditionally organized and represented working people have been severely weakened.

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Post-politics and the future of the left | openDemocracy - Open Democracy

Post-politics and the future of the left | openDemocracy - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
Those on the left need to open up debate on their future path. Here's a start.
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Articles: Francis Fukuyama and the Left: 'The worse, the better' - American ... - American Thinker

Articles: Francis Fukuyama and the Left: 'The worse, the better' - American ... - American Thinker | real utopias | Scoop.it

Many will know about Francis Fukuyama's thesis about the “end of history”. This is how Fukuyama himself expressed his position way back in 1989:



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The Rise of the “Non Leftist Left”. The Radical Reconfiguration of Southern Europe

The Rise of the “Non Leftist Left”. The Radical Reconfiguration of Southern Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it

Over the past decade fundamental changes have taken place in Southern Europe, which have broken with previous political alignments, resulting in the virtual disappearance of traditional leftist ’parties, the decline of trade unions and the emergence of ‘middle class radicalism’.


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Is the left in Britain still alive and well? - The Guardian

Is the left in Britain still alive and well? - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
As mainstream politics moves to the centre, what has happened to the beating heart of the left? Zoe Williams takes a road trip in search of 21st-century socialists
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The Resurgence of the Leftist Public Intellectual - Huffington Post

The Resurgence of the Leftist Public Intellectual - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
What does critical theory tell us about the future of social struggles?
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Versobooks.com | "Why aren’t the Left thinking about what the hell’s going on?"—David Harvey meets Icon magazine

Versobooks.com | "Why aren’t the Left thinking about what the hell’s going on?"—David Harvey meets Icon magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it
The radical geographer David Harvey spoke with Fatema Ahmed for Icon magazine about his latest book Rebel Cities: From Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, the "right to the city" and ways in which people around the world can reclaim urban...
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Labour's top-down command has too many echoes of the Death Star - The Guardian

Labour's top-down command has too many echoes of the Death Star - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

As the Labour tribe meets in Manchester for its final conference before next year’s election, there’s one conundrum that needs urgently unpicking: the party could be in office by May next year, but never further from power.

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What The Left Can Learn From Alexander Hamilton - Huffington Post

What The Left Can Learn From Alexander Hamilton - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it


They established a labor theory of value, but restricted its realm to agriculture. In their view, all other labor and economic activity was parasitic upon farming.

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View from the Left: Labor market - Norwich Bulletin

View from the Left: Labor market - Norwich Bulletin | real utopias | Scoop.it


Ethical considerations favor the first option, provided both families can survive the belt-tightening. Moral clarity ...

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United States: Working-class and left electoral politics back on the radar? - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

United States: Working-class and left electoral politics back on the radar? - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it
United States: Working-class and left electoral politics back on the radar?
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Report: Radical Leftist 'Occupy' Party in Spain Received Funding from Hugo ... - Breitbart News

Report: Radical Leftist 'Occupy' Party in Spain Received Funding from Hugo ... - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it

The radical left-wing party Podemos ("We Can") of Spain, which became the sensation of the European Parliament elections after winning a stunning five seats and 1.2 million votes on its first try, accepted millions of Euros from Hugo Chávez's repressive socialist regime in Venezuela, money on which it never paid requisite taxes.

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Europe’s Crisis and the Rise of the Ultra-Right is the Left’s Fault

Europe’s Crisis and the Rise of the Ultra-Right is the Left’s Fault | real utopias | Scoop.it

Europe’s appalling  handling of a euro crisis that was always going to happen, given its faulty architectural design,[1] has triggered an electoral result in the recent European Parliament elections that is a clarion warning that Europe is decomposing. And it is decomposing precisely because of the Left’s spectacular failure to intervene both during the construction phase of Europe’s economic and monetary union and, more poignantly, after the latter’s crisis had begun.


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Does the left remember the class struggle? - Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Does the left remember the class struggle? - Alternative Information Center (AIC) | real utopias | Scoop.it

During a recent political seminar, a leader of the Palestinian Left, whom I respect, spoke about the political, social and economic challenges facing the Palestinian people. In concluding his presentation, he stressed the need to protect the Palestinian national rights, strengthen popular resistance, address poverty and unemployment, support marginalised groups and promote economic and social development - including, of course, freedom of women and support for the private sector.


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Where Does the Left Stand in Guatemala? - Upside Down World

Where Does the Left Stand in Guatemala? - Upside Down World | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Latin American left is experiencing one of its most fruitful and promising times in history in the region. As never before, 10 countries in Abya Yala - the American continent - are governed by left-leaning political groups with unprecedented positive results on the economy, society and politics. Of these 10 governments, five are headed by former guerrillas (mostly defeated by the military) from the end of the last century.


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Agenda that Failed: Left Politics in Post-colonial India - Mainstream

Agenda that Failed: Left Politics in Post-colonial India - Mainstream | real utopias | Scoop.it

Is sixtyfive years (1947-2012) enough time to declare that any political agenda has failed? But more than half-a-century is a reasonable period to dissect any political agenda. Left politics in these sixtyfive years failed to leave any effective mark on the Indian political system barring a few exceptions. Several political complexities had developed in the Indian political scenario during the British departure from the country. While the Muslim League with full determination had been active in achieving an independent Pakistan, the Congress leaders were negotiating the terms for transfer of power. Ultimately, independence was followed by the infamous communal riots. Having achieved independence in 1947, the task of the Indian leaders was to build and integrate India as a nation-state. Now, the moot question that crops up is: what was the role of the Indian Left during this initial phase of independence?1

 
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Europe's most radical left-wing nun

Europe's most radical left-wing nun | real utopias | Scoop.it

“GLOBALISATION” has become the buzzword of the last two decades. The sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the world, driven by technological innovation, from the internet to shipping containers, thrust the term into the limelight.

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New Left Project | Articles | Post-Work: Zombie Social Democracy with a Human Face?

The vision of a “post-work” society––one in which the fruits of technological progress take the form of reduced work-time rather than more consumer goods and services––has recently enjoyed a measure of renewed interest and support in parts of the left. There’s the essay by John Quiggin, a social-democratic Keynesian economist and author of Zombie Economics; articles by Peter Fraseand ChrisMaisano in Jacobin magazine; and, from a somewhat different perspective, David Graeber's recent thoughts on "bullshit jobs". 

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation