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.

The case against voting - Colin Ward

An article from Freedom newspaper (1987) - No politician of any colour likes a non-voter. Last week Labour MP Tony Banks introduced a bill in an almost empty House of Commons seeking to make voting compulsory .His fellow members had voted with their feet out of the chamber, but he wanted to fine those of us who fail to vote, unless, like absentees from school, we could produce ‘a legitimate reason’.

Vote Labour and still die horribly - Thames Valley Anarchists

Angry pamphlet from 1986 by Thames Valley Anarchists arguing for workers to self organise and take direct action instead of expecting the Labour Party to solve their problems.

The illusion of choice

A short article arguing against the 'solution' of electoral politics in the 2012 election in the U.S.

To defend the franchise?

Many people with anti-state and anti-electoral views will nevertheless organize around the defense of social programs when they are under attack. Should the same orientation hold for the right to vote?