Archiv: political Left / progressives (international)


21.10.2020 - 11:25 [ Pew Research Center ]

In U.S. and UK, Globalization Leaves Some Feeling ‘Left Behind’ or ‘Swept Up’

(05.10.2020)

In the course of the focus group discussions, participants observed that globalization extends beyond economic issues, such as trade, multinational corporations and open markets, to questions of governance, sovereignty and the connectivity made possible by new communication technology. Core to the discussion of globalization’s political implications was the role and influence of multinational or multilateral organizations such as the UN, the World Bank and – in the case of the UK – the EU. Particularly for participants who were less comfortable with globalization, these organizations were framed in terms of implications for the nation-state.

30.09.2020 - 16:32 [ Progressive International / eventbrite.co.uk ]

The Belmarsh Tribunal

Confirmed speakers:

Roger Waters, rock musician, co-founder of Pink Floyd

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil

Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, MeRA25

Rafael Correa, former president of Ecuador

M.I.A., musician and activist

Slavoj Žižek, philosopher

Pamela Anderson, actress and activist

Srećko Horvat, philosopher, co-founder of DiEM25

Alicia Castro, trade unionist and Argentine diplomat

John McDonnell, former Shadow Chancellor, Labour Party

Jennifer Robinson, human rights lawyer

Tariq Ali, public intellectual and member of Russell Tribunal

Angela Richter, artist and activist

30.09.2020 - 16:30 [ Yanis Varoufakis / Twitter ]

First they came for Assange. Then for all journalists that dare expose them. Then for each and every one of us that dare resit them. Join us in opposition to Julian’s extradition! This Friday. At 15.00 CET

03.08.2020 - 11:31 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protests Have No Leaders. That’s Why They’re Getting Stronger

At Saturday evening’s protest, one person was put in charge of a logistical situation room that handled arrests as well as the photographers, “so we can tell our story rather than what the police and the media are saying,” as one person described it.

Speaking before the demonstration, he said “the situation room will help connect the many groups, but in the end, everyone will do what they want.” He also expressed confidence that there was no need for leadership of the protests, and in fact, opposed such leadership.

25.07.2020 - 20:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Attacking a journalist due to contempt for their ideology, politics or work is repulsive and should be regarded as a crime. As this case demonstrates, it’s the mentality of fascists:

25.07.2020 - 20:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

“When people I like are beaten up, that’s fascism. When my own political adversaries are beaten up, that’s some cool shit that I get off on seeing. I’m an anti-fascist – love me.”

11.07.2020 - 10:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I keep hearing liberals and even leftists insisting that Russiagate and the blatantly exaggerated threat from Moscow is irrelevant to their politics. That couldn’t be more false. It’s not only been weaponized to ensure Endless War & imperialism but also for domestic politics:

03.07.2020 - 15:12 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Seriously, Get The Hell Out Of Afghanistan

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House Armed Services Committee has added a Liz Cheney-spearheaded amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which throws severe roadblocks in the Trump administration’s proposed scale-down of US military presence in Afghanistan and Germany.

As The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald notes, both parties advancing the amendment cited in their arguments the completely unsubstantiated intelligence leak that was recently published by credulous mass media reporters alleging that Russia has paid bounties to Taliban fighters for killing the occupying forces in Afghanistan. Yet another western imperialist agenda once again facilitated by unforgivably egregious journalistic malpractice in the mass media.

26.06.2020 - 20:39 [ teleSUR ]

Mexico: AMLO Denounces Conspiracy to Remove Him From Office

9.6.2020 It is a plan called ‚Let’s rescue Mexico‘, which would seek to create a solid opposition with the support of the media, related communicators and business organizations.
(…)
The BOA’s discourse would focus on two axes: unemployment and insecurity, which includes „holding AMLO’s presidency responsible for deepening these evils of the country.“

26.06.2020 - 20:00 [ José Guadalupe Argüello III and Ben Norton / The Grayzone ]

Meet the far-right oligarchs working to topple Mexico’s progressive President AMLO

From the beginning of AMLO’s term in December 2018, members of the parties that have dominated Mexican politics for decades, particularly the right-wing National Action Party (PAN) and neoliberal Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), have worked tirelessly to block the new administration’s reforms and abort the Fourth Transformation.

18.06.2020 - 13:33 [ theIntercept.com ]

The New York Times Admits Key Falsehoods That Drove Last Year’s Coup in Bolivia: Falsehoods Peddled by the U.S., Its Media, and the Times

Once he fled, Bolivia’s first-ever president from the country’s Indigenous population was replaced by a little-known, white, far-right senator, Jeanine Áñez, from the country’s minority European-descendent, Christian, wealthy region. Her new, unelected government promptly massacred dozens of Indigenous protesters and then vested the responsible soldiers with immunity. Seven months later, Áñez predictably continues to rule Bolivia as “interim president” despite never having run for president, let alone having been democratically elected.

07.06.2020 - 12:01 [ Jack Posobiec, Information warfare analyst / Twitter ]

Jacob Frey just found out Mensheviks get sent to the wall

02.04.2020 - 16:31 [ Clarity Press ]

CIRCLE IN THE DARKNESS – Memoir of a World Watcher

Circle in the Darkness is a veteran journalist’s lucid, uncompromising tour through half a century of contemporary history intended especially for those who may aspire against all obstacles to change its course for the better. Diana Johnstone recounts in detail how the Western Left betrayed its historical principles of social justice and peace and let itself be lured into approval of aggressive U.S.-NATO wars on the fallacious grounds of “human rights”. Subjects range from caustic analysis of the pretentious confusion of French philosophers to the stories of many courageous individuals whose struggle for peace and justice ended in deep personal tragedy, with a great deal in between.

02.04.2020 - 16:29 [ Paul Craig Roberts ]

A light in the Darkness

Diana Johnstone’s just published book, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher, is the best book I have ever read, the most revealing, the most accurate, the most truthful, the most moral and humane, the most sincere and heartfelt, and the best written. Her book is far more than a memoir. It is a history that has not previously been written. If you want the truth of the last 60 years in place of the contrived reality constructed for us by controlled explanations, it is in this book.

This book is so extraordinary in its truthfulness and conciseness that it is difficult for a less gifted writer to do it justice. It is a book without a superfluous sentence.

Herein I will provide some of the books message. In future columns I hope to present some of the history in the book.

10.03.2020 - 19:51 [ @mackyson / Twitter ]

We need our own party. Its time to leave the sinking ship Dem party behind. After this election, The Progressive party needs its own leadership.

There are too many of us to keep us tied up trying to still be relevant to these dense, self-serving corporate dems. #BernieSurge

07.03.2020 - 20:39 [ New York Times ]

Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups

(today)

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation. Mr. Seddon directed an undercover operative to secretly tape the union’s local leaders and try to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization, documents show.

06.03.2020 - 20:59 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats should be really, really afraid of a contested nominating convention

Contested Democratic conventions in the past led to catastrophe. In 1860, the Democratic convention broke up over the issue of slavery and in the end two Democratic candidates, one from the south, the other from the north, ran for president.

06.03.2020 - 07:45 [ Haaretz ]

Refugees From the Zionist Left: How the Jewish Vote for Arab Party Spiked in Israel’s Election

Meital, 31, also from Tel Aviv, had been a lifelong Likud voter. But this week, she voted for the Joint List. “I voted Likud thinking that [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is a leader with experience who can be relied on. I didn’t see anyone who could replace him,” she says. “But recently I started thinking about it differently – not to vote according to the question of who would be prime minister, but who would best reflect my values and my desire for a more tolerant society.”

14.02.2020 - 12:10 [ New York Times ]

Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists

(23.05.2018)

Respondents who put themselves at the center of the political spectrum are the least supportive of democracy, according to several survey measures. These include views of democracy as the “best political system,” and a more general rating of democratic politics. In both, those in the center have the most critical views of democracy.

Some of the most striking data reflect respondents’ views of elections. Support for “free and fair” elections drops at the center for every single country in the sample. The size of the centrist gap is striking. In the case of the United States, fewer than half of people in the political center view elections as essential.

07.02.2020 - 15:19 [ Nachrichtenagentur Radio Utopie ]

Regarding the US presidential election in 2020: We are done with democracy simulations

After the Iowa fraud and Bernie Sanders‘ Al Gore style capitulation (no recount / „recalculation“ of an in broad daylight rigged caucus) and the deafening silence of each and every progressive lawmaker, even from the Squad, we do not support any candidate in this election and furthermore question its authenticity and legitimacy. From this day on, we will rarely post any news to this election-without-a-choice.

We would like to ask you: would the Trumpolini in the White House watch, just for even a few hours, the Republican Party doing this to his campaign? The progressives in the Democratic Party let this happen for days and kept their head down. And Millions of good-willing, hard working people on the ground were let down and deceived, again.

We’re not going along with this dirty game, which can be played again and again and again on people who tolerate it once without resistance.

Notably, we have calculated with this development years ago and described a possibility how Bernie Sanders could have become US president (article in German). Let that sink in, just for a minute or two.

Since decades, only (far) right-wingers, warmongers and egoists have real candidates and political parties.

So, „vote“ yourself.

25.12.2019 - 14:33 [ New York Magazine ]

Tulsi Gabbard and the Return of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left

What they share, in addition to enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, is a deep skepticism of the Democratic Party’s mobilization against the president. The left’s struggle against the center-left is the axis around which their politics revolves. From that perspective, the Russia scandal and impeachment are unnecessary and even reactionary.

While incomprehensible to liberals, centrists, and even many leftists who work within two-party politics, left-wing anti-anti-Trumpism has a coherent logic. It takes as its starting point a familiar critique that Trump won because liberalism failed. Trump, while bad, is merely a meta-phenomenon of the larger failure of the Democratic Party and the political and economic Establishment.

28.11.2019 - 18:16 [ theHill.com ]

Krystal Ball rips report saying Obama would intervene to stop Sanders

Bernie is an existential threat to business as usual and both parties ability to cash in as perpetual winners in the oligarchy-and they’ll use every means, fair and unfair, to protect their position. So, to those of you dedicated to upending business as usual, in case you had any illusions, Obama’s comments prove that you better be prepared for the fight of your life.

28.11.2019 - 06:37 [ theHill.com ]

Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sanders: report

President Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.

The former president reportedly said if Sanders held a strong lead in the Democratic primary, he would speak out to prevent him from becoming the nominee.

24.09.2019 - 02:31 [ WSWS ]

Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism strategy targets left-wing politics as „violent extremism“

The DHS’s identification of left-wing and oppositional political movements with violent extremism in the US is part of a growing international trend. The German Secret Service (Verfassungsschutz) has maintained a list of “left-wing extremist” groups as “objects of observation” by the state.

As is also the case in the US, all of the major parties of Germany’s ruling establishment have encouraged the development of extreme right-wing and neo-fascist political parties, the primary preoccupation of the state is the growth of support for socialist politics within the working class and among students.

17.09.2019 - 22:44 [ Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director, @truahrabbis ‏/ Twitter ]

On the day of the Israeli elections, this is the one piece you need to read: by my friend @Rami_Hod & Yonatan Levi on how right wing US Jewish donors are turning Israel into their conservative fantasy (& why progressive donors should be just as strategic)

17.09.2019 - 11:45 [ Radio Utopie / Facebook ]

You are an Arab-Israeli? (hint: Barack Obama ist not an African. He is an Afro-American) You are thinking about not to vote today? Take this sad song and make it better. GO OUT NOW AND BOOT NETANYAHU! (share this video / thanks: Tamer Nafar)

27.07.2019 - 16:31 [ Haaretz ]

New Israeli Center-left Alliance Should Take a Page Out of the American Politics Playbook

An enormous and fundamental political battle is breaking out throughout the democratic world, and in Israel, too.

17.07.2019 - 14:13 [ Daniel Neun / Twitter ]

Well, at least no Black LAWMAKER Down in the country of foreign / world / solar system policy geniuses, for now. @AyannaPressley @AOC @RepRashida @IlhanMN: Best from Berlin! And think about helping to keep @TulsiGabbard in the 2020 race. Foreign policy always is a kind of mirror.

10.06.2019 - 11:00 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a “Soft Coup”? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals

Progressive movements as well as “The Left” in Western Europe and the U.S. have largely been coopted, often financed by elite corporate foundations.

02.06.2019 - 13:11 [ WSWS.org ]

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself

Politically, the most obvious conclusion to be drawn from the interview is that Sunkara is little more than a moderate Democrat. For this he receives the praise of the Democratic and Republican commentators.

While proclaiming his support for the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, Sunkara also declares that he will back Elizabeth Warren if she beats out Sanders and Joe Biden if he is eventually the Democratic Party nominee. “I think the mentality has to be to call for people to vote for Joe Biden, especially in swing states,” he states. It is necessary “to avoid a third-party candidacy”—that is, any break from the Democratic Party—on the basis of the “strategic knowledge and commitment to getting rid of Trump.”

Sunkara adds, “Even a Biden presidency would be great” because there “will be plenty of room for socialists to be opposition.” There are, in other words, positions to be acquired.

02.06.2019 - 13:01 [ New York Times ]

The United States of Socialism? A debate with Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara

Why is socialism having a moment in America right now — and is it the future of the political left? This week on “The Argument,” Michelle Goldberg talks with Bhaskar Sunkara, the editor of Jacobin magazine, about his new book, “The Socialist Manifesto.” They discuss what distinguishes democratic socialists from liberals, the failures of past socialist movements and why Sunkara favors Bernie Sanders over Elizabeth Warren in 2020.

Then, Ross Douthat and David Leonhardt join Michelle to debate socialism’s role on the political left.

26.05.2019 - 09:44 [ Plutobooks.com ]

Reclaiming the State – A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World

In response to these challenging times, economist William Mitchell and political theorist Thomas Fazi reconceptualise the nation state as a vehicle for progressive change. They show how despite the ravages of neoliberalism, the state still contains resources for democratic control of a nation’s economy and finances. The populist turn provides an opening to develop an ambitious but feasible left political strategy.

21.05.2019 - 16:28 [ Eddie Dempsey / Twitter ]

Superb interview with @C_Lapavitsas on the nonsensical remain and reform argument, shows left remainism is capitulation to capitalism and spells out the false capitalist ‚internationalism‘ peddled by left remain is the opposite of workers internationalism.

24.04.2019 - 16:25 [ Eddie Dempsey ‏/ Twitter ]

Tony Benn said what they’re doing with the EU is creating an Empire. We should have no part of it. He was correct. Internationalism is the free association of free sovereign nations. The EU is everything we should oppose as anti imperialists, democrats, socialists.

24.04.2019 - 16:18 [ Artists for Brexit ‏/ Twitter ]

This is WONDERFUL news! @Fox_Claire has supported AFB from the start and always stuck by us. She’s also been a massive inspiration to all involved, as she cares deeply about art, culture, working people + democracy: what a great day it is for all who support #democracy + #Brexit!

24.04.2019 - 15:57 [ Claire Fox / DailyMail.co.uk ]

Why as a lifelong leftie I’ve joined Team Nigel: CLAIRE FOX explains her reasons for standing as a European election candidate in The Brexit Party

As a left-wing campaigner for 35 years, I’ve been arrested on picket lines, led anti-imperialist demonstrations and spoken at anti-deportation protests outside police stations. I’ve made speeches at street rallies, in prisons and universities and at pubs.

Yet yesterday, in an unexpected twist of events, I found myself sitting next to Nigel Farage, announcing my intention to stand as a candidate for his Brexit Party in the European elections on May 23.

23.04.2019 - 17:57 [ Claire Fox ‏/ Twitter ]

For those of you asking about – dare I say it – my ‚political journey‘ after this morning’s announcement that I am standing as a candidate for @brexitparty_uk, I recently confessed all to @giles_fraser on his @unherd #Confessions podcast. Listen in and get the backstory….

23.04.2019 - 17:25 [ The Brexit Party ‏/ Twitter ]

„Don’t get me wrong, I’m from the left. If you sat Nigel and I down, I am not going to agree with them on any range of questions. But the question now is whether we are going to let democracy be overturned.“ – @Fox_Claire on why she is standing for The Brexit Party.

23.04.2019 - 17:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Farage reveals new Brexit Party candidates including an SBS officer who won the military’s second highest medal, an ex-Communist and a charity worker – as Tories predict a wipeout

– Nigel Farage announced five more candidates for his Brexit Party european election fight next month
– Ex-Marine James Glancy awarded Gallantry Cross for fighting in Afghanistan during three tours of country
– Ex-Revolutionary Communist Party member Claire Fox will stand but doesn’t agree with Farage on much
– Moral Maze star said: ‚Don’t get me wrong, I’m from the left. But the question now is whether we are going to let democracy be overturned‘
– A smoked salmon millionaire, an ex-NHS worker and a charity boss also among the five new candidates

21.04.2019 - 17:05 [ The Guardian ]

European spies sought lessons from dictators’ brutal ‘Operation Condor’

(16.4.2019) Exactly how many people died as a result is unknown, but the conspiracy led to the deaths of at least 100 people in Argentina. And according to the CIA document dated 7 April 1978, European spies were keen to find out how it worked.

18.04.2019 - 15:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Can the US Democratic party revive the left in Europe?

In the 1990s developments within the Democratic party would lead to the ideological decline, and then electoral decline of European social democracy. Now, almost three decades later, could recent developments within that same party be the start of an ideological and electoral rejuvenation of European social democracy?

16.04.2019 - 10:09 [ teleSUR ]

European Lawmakers Protest Outside Assange’s London Jail

German and Spanish lawmakers protested against Julian Assange’s detention on Monday, gathering outside a London prison to urge Britain and the EU to prevent his extradition to the United States.

Two leftist German MPs, Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen of Die Linke, and a Spanish Green member of the European Parliament, Ana Miranda, had been due to meet their „friend“ Assange in London’s Ecuadoran embassy later on Monday.

16.04.2019 - 07:00 [ Heike Hänsel, Mitglied des Bundestages / Twitter ]

Freedom for Julian Assange – No extradition to the USA! Joint statement by @SevimDagdelen, Heike Hänsel and @anamirandapaz on the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in front of HMP Belmarsh prison in London: .. #FreeAssange #Unity4J #ProtectJulian

09.04.2019 - 09:41 [ Radio Utopie ]

Vergesst den „Brexit“. Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika wollen ihren Klon über den Kontinent Europa.

(22. Juni 2016)

Diese „Union“, dieses „Europa“ ist ein Fluch. Sonst gar nichts. Dieses „Europa“ soll zum Teufel gehen, wo es hingehört. Dessen Heuchler und Schergen, vorneweg die Contras der paneuropäisch-ideologischen Scheinlinken, werden nun am Donnerstag dastehen und mehr oder weniger deutlich sagen, „Tja, das habt ihr davon wenn ihr euch widersetzt! Das gibt´s hier nicht! Ihr wisst doch wie´s läuft!“

Das weiß ich und ich widersetze mich nichtsdestrotrotz. Und ich werde den Tag noch erleben, an der Fluch des Krieges, des Verrats, der Heuchelei, der Ausbeutung, die „Europäische Union“, dieses „Europa“ von uns weichen wird.

Weil wir siegen werden.

07.04.2019 - 18:50 [ CNN ]

Obama worries about progressives‘ ‚rigidity‘ leading to ‚circular firing squad‘ among Democratic Party

„One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‚Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,‘ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‚circular firing squad,‘ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues,“ Obama said a town hall in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Obama Foundation.

07.04.2019 - 18:49 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Obama Goes After Progressives Again!

Streamed live 14 hours ago

07.04.2019 - 18:47 [ Obama Foundation / Youtube ]

Obama Foundation Town Hall Europe

The Obama Foundation hosted a town hall in Berlin, Germany with President Barack Obama and hundreds of emerging leaders from across Europe. The town hall continued the conversation about the importance of community leadership and civic engagement — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in their efforts.

04.04.2019 - 18:54 [ NewStatesman.com ]

To defeat the far right, the left must embrace a socialist and internationalist Brexit

Paul Mason has made an important contribution to the debate on the left about Brexit. It is an important contribution because Mason is the left’s most militant supporter of the EU: an anti-democratic, capitalist organisation which has become a pillar of globalisation and a driver of inequality. His piece was full of the usual McCarthyite tactic of guilt by association against those who oppose the EU. Mason’s attack on Eddie Dempsey, an anti-fascist trade unionist, was a classic example of this. It is vital that we move beyond this kind of politics on the left.

01.04.2019 - 17:47 [ Briefings for Brexit ]

Why the Internationalist Left Should Oppose the EU Customs Union

Labour’s position on the customs union is baffling. For the British left, supporting membership in the customs union is historically incongruous, morally aberrant, and logically inconsistent. Anti-racists, internationalists, and leftists should oppose EU customs union membership for Great Britain.

10.03.2019 - 17:27 [ The Canary / Youtube ]

CanaryPod: #ToppleUncaged meets… Max Blumenthal talking Venezuela and antisemitism

#Venezuela and #antisemitism are both currently in the headlines. But the mainstream media narrative isn’t always as it seems. So, Canary journalist and broadcaster Steve Topple spoke to groundbreaking journalist and trailblazer Max Blumenthal. He has been on the ground in Venezuela, and is also of Jewish heritage – so has unique insights into both subjects. It’s an overarching, must-listen interview.

07.03.2019 - 14:41 [ Gideo Levy / Haaretz ]

Keep It Up, Ilhan Omar

(7.3.2019) Ilhan Omar is not only one of the first two female Muslim members of the House of Representatives, she may herald a dramatic change in that body. “Hamas has entered the House,” Roseanne Barr was quick to cry out; “A black day for Israel,” tweeted Donald Trump. Neither Hamas nor a black day, but a glimmer of hope on Capitol Hill.

Maybe, for the first time in history, someone will dare tell the truth to the American people, absorbing scathing accusations of anti-Semitism, without bowing her head.

07.03.2019 - 14:25 [ Jeremy Scahill / Twitter ]

What @IlhanMN is doing–taking on major, destructive US foreign policy with refreshing honestly and clarity–is dangerous in Washington DC. She is going to face the full force of both parties because of this. She is a rare voice and deserves our defense. It is going to be ugly.

(5.3.2019)

07.03.2019 - 14:19 [ Naomi Klein ‏/ Twitter ]

This is so important. @IlhanMN is a powerful moral voice at time when very few (even progressive) Democrats speak clearly and knowledgeably on foreign policy. She deserves unreserved support. #IStandWithIlhan

(5.3.2019)

03.12.2018 - 17:40 [ Politico.com ]

Why Liberals Aren’t as Tolerant as They Think

(9.5.2017) The political left might consider itself more open-minded than the right. But research shows that liberals are just as prejudiced against conservatives as conservatives are against liberals.

04.08.2018 - 15:54 [ Jo Freeman ]

THE TYRANNY of STRUCTURELESSNESS

(1972) As long as the structure of the group is informal, the rules of how decisions are made are known only to a few and awareness of power is limited to those who know the rules. Those who do not know the rules and are not chosen for initiation must remain in confusion, or suffer from paranoid delusions that something is happening of which they are not quite aware.

27.07.2018 - 11:16 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Steve Bannon Tells Haaretz Why the Russians Aren’t the Bad Guys and Why He Can’t Be an anti-Semite

Bannon seems to have discovered something that for members of the American intelligentsia is not only strange, but practically incomprehensible: Racism is not an issue that interests the majority of Americans. The economy, not racism, was the issue of the election. What truly interests Americans is not the Mexicanness of illegal migrants, but the illegality of so much Mexican migration. “The Democrats,” Bannon told an infuriated Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect a few days before he was sacked from the White House, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

09.07.2018 - 16:54 [ Jacobin Magazine / overcast.fm ]

Jacobin Radio – The Dig: The Italian Left’s Collapse with David Broder

(3.7.2018) Today, we’re talking about Italy, where a so-called “populist” alliance of the Five Star Movement and right-wing League just took over the government with anti-migrant and Euro-skeptic agenda. Dan’s guest is David Broder, a historian of French and Italian communism and frequent contributor to Jacobin. The Five Star Movement was for a time welcomed by some on the left. But it’s not of the left; rather, it is a product of the Italian left’s collapse.

09.07.2018 - 16:13 [ Consortium News ]

Failure of the Left Leaves Italy a Victim of the Market

(24.6.2018) At the end of last month, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger scolded rebellious Italian voters who are fed up with European Union bureaucrats and European Central bankers dominating their country. “The market will teach Italians how to vote,” Oettingerm said.

He had made this remark when it seemed Italy was heading toward fresh elections after the latest political crisis. At the time the spread between Italian and German bonds jumped more than 300 points, aggravating Italy’s heavy public debt. In other words, Oettinger was convinced that the need for financial stability would force upstart Italian voters to get back in line with what the bankers want.

06.04.2018 - 13:24 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Steemit.com ]

‘Mother Jones’ Senior Reporter Asks Medium To Silence Antiwar Leftists

(23.2.2018) When news first broke that Medium, one of my primary blogging platforms, had closed the accounts of Trump-supporting pundits Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer, I tweeted the following in response:

„The only people cheering for this are leftists who haven’t been paying attention and centrists who have. This ongoing trend of marginalizing online dissent is already impacting the far left, and will do so more and more. The #MAGA crowd are the canaries in the coal mine, lefties.“

Hours later, right on cue, prominent Mother Jones Senior Reporter Shane Bauer was singing the praises of Medium’s recent account suspensions, and tagged Medium’s Twitter account saying they need to take it further and include left-wing writers like myself due to my repeated criticisms of the pro-regime change Syria narrative.