Archive for November, 2015

The End of Kirchnerism in Argentina Suggests Lessons for the American Left and Bernie Sanders’ Leftist Populism

The American Left would do well to attend to today’s Argentine presidential elections. At a moment when the Global Left is making electoral strides in Portugal, Greece, Spain, and to a certain extent Britain with the election of Corbyn as opposition leader, the movement sees a recession in one of the ‘pink tide’ South American […]

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It Matters that Bernie Sanders is Not Actually a “Democratic Socialist”

In a speech today Bernie Sanders articulated his vision of democratic socialism for the empire: “the wealthiest people and the largest corporations must pay their fair share of taxes”, that “democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy”. That these are the tenants of mainstream […]

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Electoral Politics or Protest?

In the Fall issue of Dissent, Michael Kazin and David Marcus debate the extent to which the Left should participate in electoral politics, with Kazin arguing that Leftists should vote and canvas for Democrats, earning Democrats’ resolve for championing Leftist demands, and Marcus contending that the Left must eschew electoral politics and effect change through […]

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The Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sheldon Wolin, the Elite and Language

The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was released today, confirming that making regulations consistent to the benefit of corporate efficiency is a race to the bottom. Reading the TPP text, chapter 11.7 is quite striking: “Each Party shall permit a financial institution of another Party to supply a new financial service that the Party would permit […]

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