Excerpt: /99/ Proof in the Pudding

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-8wk4f-c9cc44

UK general election preview.

Is is really the Brexit election, if Labour doesn’t want it to be? We survey the parties’ positions,  and promises, and ask some big what ifs. Could there be a major realignment in the offing? And we make some predictions – which you can hold us to account for later on…

/93/ Hot Chile and Other Neoliberal Failures ft. Pablo Pryluka

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-eeph3-c481cf

On Argentina’s elections and Chile & Ecuador’s revolts. 

Macri’s election was heralded by the right across the continent as the end to a sequence of centre-left governments in South America. Now only four years later, he is likely to be thrown out of office by the return of ‘Kirchnerismo’. Next door, the supposedly “stable and growing” Chile is in flames as protests and riots challenge the conservative Piñera administration and the country’s deep inequality. This follows on the heels of weeks of mobilisations in Ecuador against the ending of a fuel subsidy. What’s going on and what does it all signify?

[Chile & Ecuador discussion starts at 46mins]

Readings:

/83/ Now It’s Syrizous [UNLOCKED]

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ikfyj-bf230e

Syriza lost the last Greek elections after 4 1/2 years in power. What happened to a party that, for a time, represented the European radical left’s hopes? Did it achieve anything in power? Many talk about Tspiras’ “betrayal” – is that the right way to look at it? And what are the wider consequences of this defeat: is time up for this wave of “left populists”? 
 
Readings:

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Excerpt: /83/ Now It’s Syrizous

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-haqpv-ba00b5

Syriza lost the last Greek elections after 4 1/2 years in power. What happened to the party that for a time represented the European radical left’s hopes? Did it achieve anything in power? Many talk about Tspiras’ “betrayal” – is that the right way to look at it? And what are the wider consequences of this defeat – is time up for this wave of “left populists”? 
 
Readings:

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Preview: /73/ Eurosads ft. Anton Jäger & Catarina Príncipe

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On the European Parliamentary elections. Is this the day the 20th century truly died? Traditional social democratic and conservative parties took a pounding. The Greens surged. The populists didn’t surge – but are now entrenched. And the radical and populist Left has not capitalised. What’s the meaning behind what are often purely symbolic euro elections?

Readings:

[pieces by Anton & Catarina coming shortly]

/61/ Making Plans for Naija ft. Sa’eed Husaini

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On Nigeria’s elections. Sa’eed Husaini fills us in on the stakes of this election. President Buhari dismissed the country’s top judge weeks before the election, but the former military dictator is meant to be an anti-corruption figure. His main opponent is a neoliberal privatiser. What’s behind this contents between two faces of the Nigerian elite? What happens when politics is fought over the grounds of corruption? Can recent trade union mobilisations shake things up? Meanwhile violence associated with Boko Haram still festers… 

Readings:

Introductory

Nigeria’s Brutal Decision: Former Dictator or Alleged Kleptocrat, Bloomberg Businessweek

Thatcher-Loving Nigeria Candidate Plans to Overhaul Economy, Bloomberg Businessweek

Election overview by Brookings

More depth

The rebirth of the Nigerian left?, Sa’eed Husaini in Africa Is a Country

Democracy fading in Nigeria, Al Jazeera

On Sowore’s programme, Marxist.com 

The struggle for a minimum wage, Africa Is a Country 

 

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/51/ Oh, Brazil: What Now?

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In which we update the latest from Brazil, post-election. What will Bolsonaro’s government look like? We plot best & worst case scenarios and discuss how bad this really is (really, really bad). And is “fascism” the correct term to use? 

Readings:

Bolsonaro Rising (Alex) https://thebaffler.com/latest/bolsonaro-rising-hochuli 

Bolsonaro: more dangerous than Trump (Alex) https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/brazil-presidential-election-who-jair-bolsonaro-popular-candidate-more-dangerous-ncna925011 

What Bolsonaro’s election victory means (Ben) https://mg.co.za/article/2018-10-28-what-bolsonaros-election-victory-could-mean 

Fascism has arrived in Brazil (Ben) https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-election-results-president-fascism-far-right-fernando-haddad-a8606391.html 

Privilege vs Democracy in Brazil (Alfredo Saad-Filho) https://jacobinmag.com/2018/10/brazil-election-bolsonaro-haddad-lula-pt-democracy