Creating a Situation that Does Not Yet Exist

15 August 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 864

For some two decades, the anti-globalization movement and its successors have assumed that society contains within itself – and automatically throws up – political oppositions and organizational forms independent of capital and of the state. There is simply the need to encourage the cumulative growth of society’s own potentialities for forming alternatives apart from the state and apart from the terrain of politics. Politics is not about the contesting directly, never mind conquering, political power. Instead, politics is viewed as the evolutionary and ‘progressive emptying out of the power of capital and of the state.’ Social coalitions, social forums, networks, and localist alternatives – with an associated range of one-off tactical actions – became the outer limit of organizational agendas.

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France’s New Anti-capitalist Party seeks to cover up its support for Middle East wars By Alex Lantier

13 August 2013 — WSWS

In an attempt to salvage what little remains of his “socialist” credentials, Professor Gilbert Achcar, a longtime associate of France’s New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA), has written an essay entitled “Inventive Illiteracy Amidst Petty Sectarianism.”

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C is for Camouflage By Michael Hudson

10 August 2013 — Michael Hudson

Part C in the Insider’s Economic Dictionary

Camouflage: A cloak of artificial attractiveness or even of invisibility. Financial debt-claims on the economy’s income and assets camouflage themselves as wealth, although the financial tactic is to strip it. (See Euphemism and Parasite.)

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SYRIZA: The Great Social and Political Movement of Subversion

7 August 2013 – The   B u l l e t • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 860

Political Resolution, First Congress of SYRIZA

1 The Conference of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is a continuity and a breakthrough in its course, which started in 2000, continued with its official founding in 2004, and was sealed when it took on the historic responsibility to deliver the Greek people from the catastrophic neoliberal memoranda policies that have turned our country into a debt colony and led its creative, social, and productive forces to marginalization.

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A Socialist Programme for London? By Carl Rowlands

30 July 2013 — New Left Project

It is easily forgotten that the 1980s were nearly not the 1980s at all, politically speaking. At the decade’s outset, an aggressively organised, ideologically diverse Left insurgency was the ascendent force in a Labour Party hovering around 50% in opinion polls, as the British public recoiled from the initial, monetarist-brutalist phase of Thatcherism.

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Book Review: One Eye on the Red Horizon – The Condition of Communism By Joseph G. Ramsey

22 July 2013 — Dissident Voice

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The eye-grabbing cover of Jodi Dean’s The Communist Horizon (Verso, 2012) depicts what could be the dawn of a new day. A red sun, half in view, arcs across the volume’s bottom edge. From this solid red spot, dozens of thin but widening beams fan out; crossing the background, the sunlight splits the sky itself into stripes of red and white.

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Overproduction, Overcapitalization 2 By S. Artesian

23 July 2013 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. Slip

The journals of the bourgeoisie–digital, analog, virtual, print–have spewed tons of ink and blizzards of one and zeros–marveling, worrying, cheering, bemoaning the latest fad in political economy: the “super-cycle” in commodity prices.

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Overproduction, Overcapitalization (1) By S. Artesian

11 July, 2013 — The Wolf ReportNonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. Anti-Executive Summary:  Marx’s theory of revolution is not one that correlates the improving or worsening prospects for revolutionary overthrow with improving or worsening economic conditions.  In this regard, Marx is neither a “crisis=revolution” advocate, nor a “growth=revolution” theorist.

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Class Warfare in Egypt By By SEAN F. McMAHON

10 July 2013 — Greanville Post

State Capital Wins Again

egyptmideast_egypt-3 Cairo – Egypt is at war. More accurately, Egypt is experiencing yet another battle in its ongoing class war. The battle is so fierce because the primary combatants are the two most powerful social forces in Egypt, both factions of the capitalist class – the military as the state capitalist class and the Ikhwan (the Muslim Brotherhood) representing the competitive capitalist class.

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The Snowden Affair and the Destruction of Effective Democracy in Europe By Diana Johnstone

6 July 2013 — The Greanville Post

The Snowden affair has revealed even more about Europe than about the United States.

Certainly, the facts of NSA spying are significant. But many people suspected that something of the sort was going on.  The refusal of France, Italy and Portugal to allow the private aircraft of the President of Bolivia to cross their airspace on the mere suspicion that Edward Snowden might be aboard is rather more astonishing.

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Mandela’s Democracy by Andrew Nash

April 1999 - Monthly Review Volume 50, Number 11

 

[I first read this essay back when I was living in South Africa and what with all the fuss over the Old Man, I remembered this essay and how it helped explain the contradictions of Mandela, the 'peacemaker' indeed, what made him a peacemaker and its limits.  Andrew Nash does or did teach Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. WB]

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