Working class politics, the labour movement and protest – Unite’s Len McCluskey gave the annual Ralph Miliband lecture at the LSE last week. He frames working class politics within the notion that “all concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict──how to contain it, or abolish it.” He also reinforces Unite’s recent message of organisation beyond the workplace.
Hitchens, the “kitsch-left”, and the cult of the individual – Conrad Landin takes a look at the mythology around Christopher Hitchens, and wonders why left-wingers can’t get away from deifying such figures so soon after their deaths, or even in life. Written in November, and brought back to attention after a Twitter recommendation from the LRB’s Jenny Diski.
Tony Benn - feminist | Spectator Blogs Lovely piece about Tony and the plaque to Emily Wilding Davison he put up "quite illegally" in the cupboard in the House of Commons in which she spent the night f the Census in 1911
Is Zionism compatible with democracy? | Al Jazeera Excellent 'head-to-head' video between Mehdi Hasan and Shlomo Ben Ami , former Israeli foreign minister and member of left Zionist party, Meretz, plus 'post-zionist' Avi Shlaim, professor of international relations at Oxford; Paul Charney, more mainstream chair of the UK Zionist Federation; and Diana Buttu, former legal advisor to the PLO
'Almost a conservative' - in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014 | Spectator A good example of a right-wing eulogy to Bob. And, in arguing that the social costs of unemployment justifies resisting using technology to displace workers ( such as railway workers), this makes the important observation that "few people high up in the Tory Party are conservative; they’re basically uncompassionate liberals"
Forget Berlin – to see the dark side of Europe we must look to Bosnia, the first victim of Friedman’s “shock therapy” on the Continent, says Emilio Molinari If someone in the European elections wants to understand a little more of the dark side of the European Union, of the Fiscal Compact and the 3% budgetary … Continue reading →
The story of how a few determined Italian women stopped their factory closing and protected their livelihoods has become the subject a powerful film. “My name is Rose Giancola, I am a worker at Tacconi Sud and this is the second night of the occupation of the factory.” Thus begins the documentary, ‘Atlantis’* directed and … Continue reading →
Europe’s austerity fetish and longer term neo-liberal reforms promoted by Big Business, Governments and the EU Commission hurt women disproportionately. Here’s a few facts to illustrate the point. Europe wide The gender pay gap is around 16% It ranges from more than a quarter (27%) in Estonia to around a fiftieth (2%) in Slovenia. … Continue reading →
The size and the impact of Spain’s humongous bank bail that came in the wake of the 2007-2008 final crisis – caused by the out of control financial sector, including in Spain – is being concealed. Here’s what you should know about it in five points: 1. Losses to the Spanish people from the public rescues … Continue reading →
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