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  1. In and against the European Union?

    Hilary Wainwright
    09 May 2019
    Article

    The government of the Portuguese Socialist Party supported and pressured by an alliance with the Communist Party and the Left Bloc have shown that it is possible to implement an effective anti-austerity programme as a member of the EU.

  2. Tribute to Javier Navascués

    Hilary Wainwright
    20 February 2018
    Article

    It was typical that as Javier was dying, just 10 days before he passed away, too sick to get to his computer, he should e-mail me on his mobile phone to introduce José Manual Mariscal as the new editor of the monthly magazine of the Spanish Communist Party (a part of the United Left coalition). “I'm quite sick,” he said, rather understating his personal problem, “so I can’t go on. But if you’re so kind, lend him your help as if he were me.” He knew our friendship was personally strong but also intrinsically political. And based on openness and collaboration, he deeply loyal to the Marxist Leninist Spanish Communist Party and I of a libertarian mould

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    New model activism: Putting Labour in office and the people in power

    Hilary Wainwright
    04 December 2017
    Article

    The ‘new politics’ needs to be about both winning electoral power and building transformative power.

  4. On the life of Robin Murray, visionary economist

    Hilary Wainwright
    01 June 2017
    Article
  5. Public ownership in the 21st century

    Hilary Wainwright
    18 August 2016
    Multi-media

    Hilary Wainwright's opening plenary speech at Own the Future: Public ownership in the 21st century on Saturday 7th May 2016.

  6. So you think the EU can’t be reformed?

    Hilary Wainwright, Mary Kaldor
    16 June 2016
    Article

    Check your history and think again, argue Hilary Wainwright and Mary Kaldor

  7. Hilary Wainwright Portrait

    Hilary Wainwright on Equality: "We Want Something Better Than That"

    Laura Flanders, Hilary Wainwright
    29 February 2016
    Multi-media

    The British feminist socialist, best known for being editor of Red Pepper magazine, talks with Laura Flanders about her first Women's Liberation meeting , her thoughts on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and how her feminism intersects with solidarity economics.

  8. Democracy is dead: Long live democracies!

    • Hilary Wainwright
    18 January 2016
    Report

    Building a real democracy in the face of corporate and financial power will require a rethinking of power and agency, unleashing the creative, experimental, knowledge-sharing and emancipatory approaches of social movements.

  9. UK elections exposes new unpredictable political landscape

    Hilary Wainwright
    07 May 2015
    Article

    The uncertainty about UK's election results reflects an important opening up of politics and expectations in the UK and an opportunity for social movements to push for anti-austerity and progressive policies

  10. The tragedy of the private

    Hilary Wainwright
    29 August 2014
    Article

    Throughout the world, public service workers, alongside their fellow community members, are not only defending public services but also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to people’s needs and desires.

  11. The Tragedy of The Private, The Potential of The Public

    • Hilary Wainwright
    24 March 2014
    Report

    From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people's needs and desires.

  12. The spirit of Stuart Hall

    Hilary Wainwright
    21 February 2014
    Article

    "After spending several evenings this week immersed in inspiring tributes to Stuart, I’ve been pondering on what it was that was distinctively special about him — all the tributes confirm one’s instinct that we have lost someone with a special spirit that we must try to carry inside us"

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    State of counter-power: How understanding neoliberalism’s cultural underpinnings can equip movements to overthrow it

    • Hilary Wainwright
    06 February 2014
    Report

    There is mounting evidence that neoliberal policies are losing legitimacy. The translation of such disaffection into positive commitment to an alternative, however, requires deeper disengagement from the dominant order and practical participation in creating alternatives. A social order built on escaping the pressures of democracy while at the same time depending on the capacities of many desiring democracy is unlikely to be stable. Thus the opaque and indirect forms of power typical of neoliberal rule are simultaneously sources of vulnerability and dependence, and breeding grounds for the power to subvert and transform.

  14. Doing away with ‘labour’

    • Hilary Wainwright
    05 November 2013
    Paper

    Conventionally, the concept of ‘labour’ is understood as referring to waged labour – the capacity to labour as exercised through a market. It was precisely this narrow understanding of labour that the discussions in this stream challenged from several angles.

  15. Notes for a political economy of creativity and solidarity

    • Hilary Wainwright
    23 October 2013
    Paper

    How can society move towards forms of economic organisation that place human creativity, including a respectful relationship to nature, at their centre?

  16. The day Greece’s TVs went dark

    Hilary Wainwright
    17 June 2013
    Article

    Hilary Wainwright reports from Thessaloniki on what happened when the state ordered Greece’s state broadcaster to shut down, and the situation now.

  17. Resist and transform: the struggle for water in Greece

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 May 2013
    Article

    A combination of opposing privatisation and putting forward practical alternatives is helping water campaigners mount an effective challenge to austerity in Greece.

  18. Participatory alternatives to privatisation

    • Hilary Wainwright
    05 March 2013
    Paper

    Experience worldwide shows that EC-imposed privatisation on crisis countries will not work. The alternative is not reinforcing the status quo, but using citizen power and labour to reinvigorate public services and democratically transform the state.

     
  19. Firenze 10 + 10 and the changing character of power

    Hilary Wainwright
    30 November 2012
    Article

    A series of interviews with young activists shows signs of a movement that connects local everyday struggles to a global movement, and one that resists by creating alternatives in the present.

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    Something rotten in the ANC state

    • Hilary Wainwright
    20 November 2012
    Paper

    The palaces of President Zuma and the massacre of miners at Marikana symbolise how the gulf between rich and poor has grown in the 18 years since the African National Congress came to power in South Africa. Hilary Wainwright reports on how formerly loyal ANC activists are turning against their government

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