elections

Power to the people, not politicians! A critique of socialist electoralism

Statement from the Minnesota Local Collective of First of May Anarchist Alliance regarding the Socialist Alternative campaign for City Council in Minneapolis. SA seems poised to make some electoral breakthroughs in Seattle and Minneapolis where they may score over 40% of the vote and conceivably even win seats in city government. This prospect has caused quite a bit of discussion on the Left which is likely to only increase after the election.

Dear Messrs Webb and Lustig…

An angry response to Robert Webb and Robin Lustig's criticisms of those who choose not to vote, in the wake of Russell Brand's anti-electoral declaration.

On Labour's pledge to axe the bedroom tax

Why the pledge from the Labour Party to axe the Bedroom Tax doesn't mean we've won and, if we take it at face value, could mean that we lose.

Giorgio Napolitano reelected Italy’s president amid protests and political chaos

Giorgio Napolitano is elected as Italy's president for a second mandate, an unprecedented event in the institutional history of the country. His re-election follows a few days of political stalemate and chaos and was welcomed by loud protests, emphasizing the political crisis and the inner contradictions of the Italian Democratic Party.

The defeat of the Italian left in the recent elections

The defeat of Rivoluzione Civile (Civil Revolution, a newly-established party) in the recent elections was much worse than expected. The coalition led by Antonio Ingroia (a former public magistrate involved in the investigation about state-mafia dealings) had little appeal for the electorate nationally, receiving 2.25% of the vote for the Camera (lower house) and 1.79% for the Senate.

Italian elections: is austerity the real loser?

Analysis of the recent Italian elections, asking if they really constituted a rejection of austerity.

Elections as litmus test for Italian neofascists

In the months before the Italian elections there was great concern that there might be a resurgence of support for fascist parties. There is certainly potential for such fear to become real: the economic and political crisis, strong popular dissatisfaction, unemployment, and widespread superficial racism. In this article, we look at the electoral results of the different Italian neo-fascist parties, while also charting recent events involving far right representatives and movements.

The Movimento Cinque Stelle has protected the System – a comment by Wu Ming

Now that the Five Star Movement has made such an impression in the Italian national elections, we believe it is no longer possible to avoid examining this phenomenon in terms of a political vacuum that the movement, founded by Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio, fills with its presence. The M5S draws attention away from the fact that there is an absence of a true radical movement in Italy. The M5S takes up this empty space to ensure that this remains the case.

Grillo™ for dummies

As Italians go to the polls for the 2013 election, much noise has been made in the media about the 5-Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo, that is supposedly ripping up the rulebook of conventional politics. 5 Star presents itself as a force against conventional "machine" politics and for a radical citizen's democracy. Anglophone media outlets from the BBC to the FT relay this image, mostly uncritically. Without claiming to be the last word, Giuliano Santoro's piece examines some of the more troubling realities that lie behind the iconoclast image of M5S. Originally published at DinamoPress

Politics without Politics - Anselm Jappe

The Secession of the Roman Plebs

Anselm Jappe rejects the traditional concept of politics and proposes a post-political politics appropriate for the crisis conditions of our time, a politics whose task is to “at least preserve the possibility for future emancipation against the dehumanization imposed by the commodity” and is based on a combination of non-representational direct action, the rehabilitation of the idea of sabotage, and anti-capitalist theory that transcends the fixed boundary between praxis and theory, without succumbing to the temptation to seek immediate results by yielding to traditional political attitudes and methods.