populism

Some Further Thoughts on the Yellow Vests Movement

At the time of writing – early January 2019 – it is difficult to say whether the movement of the gilets jaunes has entered a phase of reflux before it dies down or if it is going through a pause after more than a month of intense activity and severe clashes with the state.

GILETS JAUNES: the first attempts at mobilising “the people” for a strong state against the proletariat - Mouvement Communiste/Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

Brief statement about the nature of the "Gilets jaunes" movement by Mouvement Communiste/Kolektivně proti Kapitălu.

The Yellow Vest Movement in France: Between “Ecological” Neoliberalism and “Apolitical” Movements

An article from Crimethinc examining the Yellow Vests movement in France. "The past weeks have seen a massive confrontational movement arise in France opposing President Emmanuel Macron’s “ecological” tax increase on gas. This movement combines many contradictory elements..."

The Brazilian Dictatorship and the Battle of Maria Antônia

An interview with two former students about one of the most famous events in Brazil during the dictatorship period. The student street battles at Maria Antônia street and its impact. As well as a discussion on the legacy of the battle and the dictatorship particularly on contemporary Brazilian politics.

Italy’s “Government of Change”: History as Farce

The new populist “government of change” made up of the anti-European Five Star Movement and the racist Lega (The League, formerly the Lega Nord or Northern League) has begun to adopt some of the same empty rhetoric of the past. Their target is not much different from the fascist anti-semitism of the past. Whilst their main guns are today trained at the EU they also point to the nefarious activities of “financiers like Soros”. George Soros is of course the target of the anti-semitic campaign of Orbans in Hungary. According to these “populists” the problem is not capitalism but only some aspects of it.

Out of this Capitalist Impasse - A New World Has to Take Shape

The post-war boom melted away decades ago. It produced a mass consumer society unheard of in history. This society was based on the colossal destruction and devaluation of capital in the Second World War.

Miguel Amorós interviewed by Rubén Martín for El Informador (Guadalajara)

A March 2018 interview in which Miguel Amorós discusses his anti-development concepts, the global trend towards mega-urbanization, the destructive tendencies of capitalist development, Latin American populist governments and their social basis, the civil society movement, and perspectives for a movement to create a better world.

Hysterical populism - Robert Kurz

Robert Kurz on scapegoating, moral panics and conspiracy theory culture.

Nation or Class?

These are dangerous and unpredictable times. Ten years after the global financial meltdown the world economy still isn’t fixed. After decades of promoting globalisation, which has produced only fortunes for the few and misery for the many, our rulers are beginning to lose their grip. A growing number are turning to so-called nationalist “populism”. ... this is the sign of a system which lacks real solutions.