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The Greenman: How Capitalism defeated the Left and then itself

The Greenman: How Capitalism defeated the Left and then itself | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
My take on Paul Mason of @paulmasonnews and his opinion of how Kondratiev cycles explain our current economic mess https://t.co/Q45j9MprLS
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Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the Greek experience of 2015

Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the Greek experience of 2015 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Andreas Karitzis presents the 2016 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: Methodology for a New Politics
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'We are building a strange left': towards a democratic modernity?

'We are building a strange left': towards a democratic modernity? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Some reflections from Berlin on the launch of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) on 9 February, 2016.
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The Uber controversy reveals the rottenness of the taxi industry

The Uber controversy reveals the rottenness of the taxi industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The arrival of the smart-phone application Uber has thrown the taxi industry into a state of disarray. First launched in June 2009 in San Francisco, the application has spread rapidly and today finds itself in over 300 cities in approximately 58 countries. While it offers many advantages over traditional taxis, including lower rates, it is having serious effects on the living conditions of taxi drivers. In Canada, the opposition of taxi drivers to Uber was most recently seen in Toronto where taxi drivers blocked streets and one taxi driver was dragged down the street after confronting a suspected Uber driver. Last June in Paris, cab drivers blockaded access to the airport while in Nice and Nantes they burned tires in the streets to protest against the presence of Uberpop. These events are only the most dramatic in a series of reactions to the arrival of the Uber phenomenon around the globe.

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Questioning The Left: Current Leftist Theory and the Collapse of the Left. How to Rebuild Leftist Policies

Questioning The Left: Current Leftist Theory and the Collapse of the Left. How to Rebuild Leftist Policies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Below is a transcript of an email interview I did with writers Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker and Michael J. Thompson who co-authored the article “The Treason of Intellectual Radicalism and the Collapse of Leftist Politics” which appeared in the Winter 2015 edition of the academic journal Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture. 


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Toni Negri: from the refusal of labor to the seizure of power | ROAR Magazine

Toni Negri: from the refusal of labor to the seizure of power | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: A few months ago, ROAR attended the annual Euronomade gathering in Passignano, which brought together dozens of activists and thinkers in the Italian post-workerist tradition. This year, Euronomade invited the Marxist geographer David Harvey to participate in the event alongside a number of other guests, including Michael Hardt and Srećko Horvat.
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New Left Project | Alternative Liberal Solutions to Economic Inequality

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty First Century argues that, absent corrective action, we can look forward to a rise in capital’s share of national income and a corresponding depression of the share of labour. This might not be so significant were capital evenly distributed so that all could share in its higher returns. But Piketty shows that the distribution of capital is extremely unequal and likely to grow more so. At the same time, he argues, the share of wealth that is inherited looks set  to increase. Together these trends threaten to produce a society in which a relatively small section of the population comes to claim a larger share of national income through its (increasingly) concentrated ownership of (increasingly) inherited wealth.
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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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The Left in Europe: From Social Democracy to the Crisis in the Euro Zone An Interview with Leo Panitch, by Adaner Usmani, New Politics

The Left in Europe: From Social Democracy to the Crisis in the Euro Zone An Interview with Leo Panitch, by Adaner Usmani, New Politics | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Adaner Usmani: I wanted to begin by asking you about the history that precedes the crisis, and specifically about the evolution of European social democracy. On the one hand we have seen social democratic governments in Greece, France and elsewhere entirely complicit in the evisceration of the welfare state, and in the imposition of austerity. On the other hand, the tradition of which they’re a part brought many benefits to Europe’s working classes. The welfare state is a real achievement, after all, and it’s arguably held up better than many radicals argue. Certainly there’s a strong current of academic literature, known as the Varieties of Capitalism (VOC) school, which argues that its degeneration has been overstated.


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What Is (and Is Not) Left-Wing? - Dissident Voice

What Is (and Is Not) Left-Wing? - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


At the other end of the spectrum the necessary corollary of the new enclosure of the commons is that those who don't own things are progressively stripped of access to resources.

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Economic class stratification: the challenge of our time - Sonoma Valley Sun

Economic class stratification: the challenge of our time - Sonoma Valley Sun | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Millennials are the first generation of Americans who will see their living standards decline from that of their parent’s generation.  The combination of harshly reduced living standards (enforced by the Wall Street/Washington austerity consensus), accompanied by markedly decreased job security and constant competition for scarce employment opportunities, has created a toxic social environment that is making it very hard for young people to launch properly into adult life and take on family and community responsibilities.

 
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Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left | Jacobin

Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left | Jacobin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The digital revolution, we are told everywhere today, produces democracy. It gives “power to the people” and dethrones authoritarians; it levels the playing field for distribution of information critical to political engagement; it destabilizes hierarchies, decentralizes what had been centralized, democratizes what was the domain of elites.

 

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A post-work economy of robots and machines is a bad Utopia for the left

A post-work economy of robots and machines is a bad Utopia for the left | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A Brave New World of worklessness and a universal wage is attracting advocates across the political spectrum.
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Why The Left Is Blinded By The Sharing Economy

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Why The Left Is Blinded By The Sharing Economy

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Why America Is Moving Left

Why America Is Moving Left | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

pliRepublicans may have a lock on Congress and the nation’s statehouses—and could well win the presidency—but the liberal era ushered in by Barack Obama is only just beginning.

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The Postmodern Left and the success of neoliberalism

The Postmodern Left and the success of neoliberalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The international Left promotes its own image rather than engaging in the bitter reality of resistance against neoliberalism. It does not need to believe in postmodernism because it is postmodernism.
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A New Internationalism

A New Internationalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For well over a century, a shared commitment to internationalism has defined what it means to be Left. Even when we do not use that particular word, rooted in the "proletarian internationalism&qu
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Robert McChesney: We Need to Advocate Radical Solutions to Systemic Problems

Robert McChesney: We Need to Advocate Radical Solutions to Systemic Problems | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Robert McChesney, a leader in challenging the corporate media's role in degrading democracy, carries on this fight with Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century. In the book, he makes an urgent and compelling argument for ending communication monopolies and building a post-capitalist democracy that serves people over corporations. You can obtain the book now with a contribution to Truthout by clicking here.
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Can Climate Change Unite the Left? - In These Times

Can Climate Change Unite the Left? - In These Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
To avoid catastrophe, we must seize corporate polluters' wealth. And to do that, we must change everything.
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New methods for new parties – learning from Podemos | Left Unity

New methods for new parties – learning from Podemos | Left Unity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
People push through in order to get into the room and reserve their seat. There is a buzz of euphoric expectation blending with rapid chatter in Castellan. This is the start of a Podemos meeting but it could have been a rock gig for all we know. When panel speakers finish their opening remarks ardent applause follows, people whoop and whistle in wondered appreciation. Credit, I suppose, has to be given mostly to the organisation at the core of it all.
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The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Future of the Left: An Interview With Henry A. Giroux

The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Future of the Left: An Interview With Henry A. Giroux | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The commanding institutions of society are now in the hands of powerful corporate interests whose strangulating control over politics renders democracy corrupt and dysfunctional, says Henry A. Giroux.
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The return of the left in Europe?

The return of the left in Europe? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The rise of the far right in Europe is undeniable, but is the left really dead?
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A series of essays introducing an alternative philosophy of systemic change

A series of essays introducing an alternative philosophy of systemic change | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Understandably, there’s a lot of talk today about ‘social change’ and the ‘need for a revolution’. As I wrote recently, we all hold an idea about ‘social progress’ and how fundamental social change might happen.
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