“Passing off Meat as Fish” — The Global Left’s WTF Syriza Moment

A rather scathing and self reflective article by Stathis Kouvelakis, who teaches political theory at King’s College London and serves on the central committee of Syriza, offers what seems to be the only strategic option for Syriza, if we are to presume that it is dealing as a leftist/socialist party and not revealing itself as a […]

Chris Hedges Strategy for Radical Change at Green Party

The Dem party is too big and institutionally too captured to reform. The Green party is mostly invisible, and without much to show for other than a few council members warming seats in state or municipal legislatures. Movement building, worker councils’ presence on the ground or the sort of logistical thumbs on the pulse of resistance […]

Syriza: Can Reform of Capitalism Lead to Anticapitalist Revolution?

  I’ve had a brief exchange with Two Americas in a comment threads attached to another post (which we may, or may not, transfer to this thread,) in which my support of Syriza’s “reformism” – which I regard as a reality grounded, anticapitalist, revolutionary process – was rejected by him(?) as, well, reformist, and thus supportive of […]

What lessons, if any, from SYRIZA and Podemos?

Last night Paul Jay at TRNN held the first of three interviews with Jill Stein. It was more of an introduction of Stein and her political maturation process than a discussion of the Green party’s strategies and objectives, which presumably will be introduced in subsequent segments. I imagine that DemocracyNow and other alternate media outlets may […]

“The Financialization of Life”

The Financialization of Life (1/6) The entire 6 part series, featuring Costas Lapavitsas on TRNN, even though it remains rooted to the capitalist system— that is to say the Marxist critique of capitalism is largely absent — offers many insights which the public senses but remains clueless about, especially when partisan political misconceptions are injected into the topic. […]

Can Governments Fool All The People, All Of The Time?

The Orange revolution in Ukraine devolved into corruption, kleptocracy and oligarchy. First under Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, then the opposition “savior” Party of Regions bloc of Yanukovych, with the public left adrift to eek out a miserly living throughout. Bad economic conditions exacerbate rifts in a population already divided by partisan enmities – not unlike the […]

Neoliberal Europe Is Radical – Syriza And The Greek Public Are Not.

That is perhaps the most one can safely say about the current situation between the EU and Greece. Having “our” hopes go up in smoke with the election of Obama the election of SYRIZA has made us more guarded, perhaps more cynical. I doubt that anyone on the left has viewed Obama as a socialist come to […]

Lagarde to Poroshenko: No Money For War

Smacks of loss of confidence on the part of Washington in the putschist regime to successfully prosecute the proxy war against Russia. IMF is prohibited by charter from extending loans to countries embroiled in military pissing contests. So, either Soros will come in with a bail-out, or Poroshenko will be packing his bags before the next […]

Greece about to get “Obamaed” by Tsipras?

Let’s be more informal about posting diaries. Not everyone feels confident about their writing skills, or has the time to commit to writing articles for the sole purpose of publishing them on one, not heavily frequented – at least not yet – website. Yet we know of one another mostly through disqus and the follow […]

Who ordered the attack against Charlie Hebdo? by Thierry Meyssan

While many French react to the attack against Charlie Hebdo denouncing Islam and demonstrating in the streets, Thierry Meyssan points out that the jihadist interpretation is impossible. While it would be tempting for him to see it as an Al Qaeda or Daesh operation, he envisages another, much more dangerous hypothesis. this report, France 24 […]