- Impeachment is regime suicide, Daniel McCarthy, Spectator USA
- Centrist-child syndrome, Shuja Haider, The Outline
- The US is now betraying the Kurds for the eight time, Jon Schwarz, The Intercept
On environmental protest politics. Extinction Rebellion and the Climate Strike have brought eco protest back to the front pages. But it all seems a bit of a flashback to the 2000s. We examine the protests’ alarmism and post-political positioning. After inequality and class have been put on the agenda again, do these protests represent a step back? We also ask what might be done about climate change if we don’t go along with these groups’ interpretations and demands.
On the Hong Kong rebellion. Four months of protests is forcing a confrontation with the Hong Kong authorities and the Chinese state. The demands are for civil liberties and some more democracy – but what are the social conditions underlying the protests? How important is colonial nostalgia and Hong Konger chauvinism? How is this playing with mainland Chinese – and what will be the CCP’s response?
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On post-work. We discuss Anton’s review of David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs and why it seems to have such appeal, even amongst elites. There is a crisis in the work ethic, but is it an error to counterpose work and leisure and simply opt for leisure? Is leisure even ‘ours’ anymore, or has it been fully colonised by capitalism? Ultimately, is the problem today more about bullshit in jobs, rather than bullshit jobs per se?
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Greece’s Long Road Ahead, Costas Lapavitsas, Jacobin
Defeat and decomposition, Panagiotis Sotiris, Historical Materialism
Syriza’s rise and fall, Stathis Kouvelakis, NLR
New Democracy Against Democracy, Various (incl. Leo Panitch), Jacobin
The Radical Left: The Time for its Re-founding, Costas Lapavitsas & Stathis Kouvelakis, Verso blog
Book Review: The Populist Radical Left in Europe, Anton Jäger, LSE blog
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