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  1. Soulardarity's Utility Justice Action Team

    Organising for energy democracy in the face of austerity

    Jackson Koeppel
    12 April 2019
    Article

    In 2012, citizens from Highland Park, Michigan came together to form Soulardarity in response to the repossession of over 1,000 streetlights from their city. Their goal is to organise for community-owned solar street lights, energy production and equitable development. Since its formation, Soulardarity has installed seven solar streetlights and deployed over US$ 30,000 worth of solar technology in Highland Park and the surrounding communities through the PowerUP bulk purchasing programme. The group has also organised advocacy at the city and state levels for regulation, policy and local political leadership to support community ownership, transparency and environmental responsibility.

    Soulardarity also advocates for a Community Ownership Power Administration (COPA) as part of the growing call in the United States for a Green New Deal to tackle climate change, economic inequality and racial injustice.

  2. Spanish municipal elections

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    05 June 2019
    Article

    With the results still playing out, the survival of parties like Barcelona en Comú will depend on their ability to bring together the ‘three souls’ of the movement.

  3. Controlling People Through Language

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    16 September 2010
    Article

    Market reforms have given rise to new revisions of the language, and all personal activities are now expressed in terms of buying and selling.

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    Brazil 2002. The Victory of the Da Silvas

    Daniel Chavez
    31 October 2002
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    The United States: Orchestrating a Civic Coup in Bolivia

    Roger Burbach
    18 November 2008
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    The Atrocities of Augusto Pinochet and the United States

    Roger Burbach
    11 December 2006
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  8. Indian United Progressive Alliance: Time to change course

    Praful Bidwai
    20 May 2010
    Article

    The Indian government must give up its neo-liberal polices and obsession with GDP growth and shift its ideological centre of gravity leftwards.

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    No Olho do Furacão: Repensando o futuro da esuerda

    Marcos Arruda
    01 October 2006
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    A política econômica da esquerda latino-americana no governo. O caso do Brasil

    Félix Ramon Ruiz Sánchez, João Machado Borges Neto e Rosa Maria Marques
    01 October 2006
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    Party disciplinarians: the threat to dissidence and democracy in the United Socialist Party of Venezuela

    28 September 2007
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    The establishment of a disciplinary tribunal in Chavez’s new socialist party before it even has statutes and structures is a worrying sign for those committed to radical democracy in Venezuela.

  12. The resistible rise of corporate power

    Hilary Wainwright
    20 October 2010
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    The massive concentration and growth of corporate power poses a major threat to what remains of public services, highlighting the ever-deepening crisis of democracy, and the urgent need for people to reclaim the state.

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    A place for the left

    Hilary Wainwright
    23 September 2008
    Article
    The pull of national and local identities away from Westminster is a vital clue to understanding and preparing for the unravelling of New Labour
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    New Labour is dead

    Tariq Ali
    05 May 2008
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    This is managed democracy

    aleksej
    17 April 2010
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    Given the actual consensus among the party leaders of the three main political parties in Britain, it was amazing to see how many differences they managed to manufacture during last week's televised debate.

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    Beyond the casino state

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 March 2010
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    Still in thrall to neoliberal nostrums, British politicians compete to dismantle the state as a provider of services, leaving its function as primarily a prop to private capital.

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    Osborne's airbrushed co-op policy

    Hilary Wainwright
    17 February 2010
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    For all the Tories' fine talk of empowered workers, their plans would only undermine the public sector's democratic rebirth.

  19. AV is not perfect, but we need it for plurality

    Hilary Wainwright
    29 April 2011
    Article

    The first-past-the-post voting system in the UK has led to the slow death of a critical political culture. Saying yes in the referendum on a proposed Alternative Voting (AV) system would at least give oxygen to debate.

  20. Cuts, cancer and resistance

    aleksej
    15 November 2010
    Article

    The new and extreme austerity measures being introduced by the UK's conservative government will mean that one fifth of everything the national health service does will stop; and this will disproportionately hit cancer patients.

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