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Financial Globalisation Has Been a Disaster. Brexit Gives Us a Chance to Resist It | Novara Media
The left was right to campaign against leaving the EU in 2016. Based on the tenor of the campaign, it was clear the Leave campaign would embolden the xenophobes and nationalists that exist across the class spectrum in the UK. This prediction was proven chillingly correct with both the spike in hate crime that followed the referendum and the movement that has emerged around Tommy Robinson over the last few weeks. The left should deplore and, if necessary, physically resist such acts of violent racism.

But fighting fascism does not mean accepting globalisation. The fact is, working class people are right to be pissed off about global economic and financial integration – especially those in the places that have been most ravaged by it. Financial globalisation has led to the concentration of capital in a series of financial entrepots, more integrated into the global economy than they are with their own countries. Rather than using this capital for productive investment, these centres have repurposed it for the kind of financial wizardry that caused the 2008 crash. London is in many ways the global financial hub par excellence, with the City of London the vampire squid sucking on the face of the global economy.

The left should be making a case for Brexit that involves resisting financial globalisation, whilst welcoming immigrants from the parts of the world that have been most ravaged by both colonialism and free market neocolonialism.
finance  economics  politics  globalisation  financialisation  neoliberalism  anti-globalisation  IMF  WTO  protest  activism  StiglitzJoseph  KrugmanPaul  TheLeft  France  nationalisation  Greece  Italy  EU  Euro  singleMarket  UK  Brexit  referendum  campaigning  immigration  intervention  economy  dctagged  dc:creator=BlakeleyGrace 
june 2018 by petej
The Poverty of Luxury Communism
For Keynes, a former British civil servant who once remarked that “the class war will find [him] on the side of the educated bourgeoisie”7, the purpose of state intervention is to halt capitalism’s decline, meanwhile securing some level of social stability.
socialDemocracy  climateChange  noBorders  state  nationalisation  Keynesianism  Corbynism  abundance  growth  capitalism  Novara  Jacobin  intervention  post-capitalism  BastaniAaron  VirnoPaolo  class  politics 
may 2018 by petej
An attack on Syria could be disastrous. But the warmongers won’t be told | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian
Syria is often presented as a case study of disastrous non-intervention. What utter rot. Syria has been a battleground for foreign powers, from Russia to the Gulf states, for years. The US has been bombing the country and supplying arms to rebels for some time. Our client states – the dictatorships of Saudi Arabia and Qatar – have funnelled weapons and billions of dollars into the conflict, backing extremist groups responsible for multiple atrocities. What has all this achieved, other than escalation and bodybags? There should be honesty among the war party, at the very least: its argument is not that there hasn’t been intervention, but that there hasn’t been enough intervention. No good can come of adding even more western missiles to Syria’s carnage. A military alliance with Trump in Syria can only escalate the horror of this war. And, unlike the politicians and commentators who brought us the quagmires of Iraq and Libya, the British public know it.
Syria  military  intervention  airstrikes  Iraq  Libya  MiddleEast  jihadism  extremism  interventionism  strategy  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=JonesOwen 
april 2018 by petej
Blue Lines Revisited - May’s Day
“Ditching Thatcherism?” Not so sure about that one either. In philosophical terms, maybe. But Thatcherism was an electoral strategy too - give the emerging middle class stuff and tell them they deserve it for working so hard. It was a time-limited strategy because the amount of stuff you can sell off (utilities, housing stock) eventually runs out. Cameron and Osborne kept the “you work hard” element but had nothing left to give away. So May is having to go back to interventionist government to keep that side of the promise. But all her touchstones for what hard working families deserve - “a place at a good school” (not just ‘good schools’), “getting on the property ladder” (not just 'good housing’) are couched in Thatcherite terms of limited, not universal, commodities: Thatcher’s dark genius was to realise the 'aspirational’ are only happy when they can be sure someone else is missing out. Wait a couple of years and “access to the best doctors” will be up there too.
MayTheresa  ToryParty  conference  speech  immigration  Brexit  xenophobia  aspiration  Thatcherism  state  intervention  dctagged  dc:creator=EwingTom 
october 2016 by petej
Thanks to UK and US intervention, al-Qaeda now has a mini-state in Yemen. It's Iraq and Isis all over again | Voices | The Independent
"As has happened repeatedly since 9/11, the US and countries like Britain fail to combat terrorism because they give priority to retaining their alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies, even when their policies – as in Yemen – wreck a whole country and enable al Qaeda and Isis to use the chaos to establish safe havens."
Yemen  war  SaudiArabia  UK  USA  military  intervention  al-Qaeda  AQAP  jihadism  sectarianism  dctagged  dc:creator=CockburnPatrick 
april 2016 by petej
Jackson Lears reviews ‘Hard Choices’ by Hillary Clinton and ‘HRC’ by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes · LRB 5 February 2015
"The intellectual bankruptcy of the Democratic Party is nowhere more evident than in the looming presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Assumptions of the inevitability of her candidacy tend to ignore policy matters, focusing instead on her gender and her twenty years as a Washington insider. Many usually thoughtful people can find nothing more substantial to say in her favour than ‘it’s her turn.’"
ClintonHillary  USA  politics  DemocraticParty  identityPolitics  military  intervention  NATO  Russia  Syria  Libya  election  dctagged  dc:creator=LearsJackson  PutinVladimir 
january 2016 by petej
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