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From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate
The grassroots movement behind the Green New Deal offers a ray of hope to the badly battered establishment: they should embrace it - make it part of the progressive agenda. We need something positive to save us from ugly wave of populism, nativism...

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For a Left Populism: A New Strategy for Democratic Socialism

Eoin Ó Broin The Irish Times
Despite its weaknesses, writes reviewer Ó Broin, this book "is an important contribution to the strategic debate for those of us committed to political and socio-economic alternatives based on principles of democracy, equality and social justice."

Global Left Midweek - November 7, 2018

Portside
Google Walkout, Revolutionary Rojava, Brazil Left Unites, Italy's Dilemma, Left Populist Path in Canada, Africa's Marxist Era, Latin Pink Tide Aftermath

Barcelona’s Experiment in Radical Democracy

Masha Gessen The New Yorker
Issues that Barcelona en Comú is tackling come up against limitations set by Catalan and Spanish law. The city lacks authority to regulate housing, although the city has created new affordable housing, has successfully limited the reach of Airbnb...

Can 'Berniecrats' win in Appalachia

Mason Adams 100 Days in Appalachia
Democrats should be running on their own wedge issues and saying look, the Republicans want to take Medicaid away from your family, from your neighbors, from your friends. If you’re here in Appalachia and say you don’t know someone covered by Medicaid, that’s not true. Democrats should be using that issue like a damn cudgel and beating Republicans with it in 2018.

The Populist Fight Against Corporate Power Circa 1892

John Collins In These Times
Populism is an ideological chameleon—often supplemented with whatever authoritarian, nationalist or socialist inclinations held by those leading the particular movement—populist victories can (and often do) manifest in all manner of terrible ways around the world. Other times, they change the political realm for the better.

Fighting Faux Populism

Joseph M. Schwartz Democratic Left
Brexit has come to the United States. For thirty years now, in Europe and the United States, a bipartisan neoliberal consensus has embraced the benefits of globalization and the rise of the "knowledge economy." If only workers would go back to school, retrain, and send their children to college, the good jobs that disappeared would somehow return. But those good jobs did not arrive, and voters have opted for a faux populism that promises to reverse globalization.
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