Radical internationalism: What Europe & the Left need – The New Statesman

The left has been in disarray since… the collapse of the Soviet Union… In the past two decades, we have witnessed a major spasm of global capitalism that has triggered a long deflationary period… Just as the Great Depression did in the 1930s, this has created a breeding ground for xenophobia, racism and scapegoating.
The rise of centrism is also partly to blame… In Britain, New Labour under Tony Blair was never part of the left. Thatcher was delighted… his governments… adopted her neoliberal mantra…
Parties such as New Labour, the Socialists in France and the Social Democrats in Germany might have called themselves the radical centre, but that was just labelling… In the 1960s and 1970s the centre left was aware of its duty to act as a mediator between industrial capital and labour.…
From the mid-1980s onwards, the left-wing leadership abandoned this duty… A Faustian pact was made with the financial… Then the financial crisis struck. At that point, social democrats… lacked the moral strength… to tell bankers… their reign was over.
The best hope for the left is to come together to defeat the worst enemy of European democracy: the reactionary dogma that “there is no alternative” to the continent’s current policies. Hence the EU’s true democratisation is the only alternative…
The EU institutions are anti-Europeanist and contemptuous of democracy… The nation state was created to promote a fictitious notion of a national interest to co-opt labour and those on the fringes of society…

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Yanis Varoufakis: The left never recovered from the fall of the Soviet Union — yet there is hope

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The Independent on my Brexit proposal: Trigger Article 50 and agree a 5yr Norway-like transition period

On what strategy the UK should adopt Varoufakis said: “My advice is simple: activate Article 50, use those years as best you can and then strike a deal for the three or four years after Britain should be associated in a Norway-style agreement, and then use that period to have a robust debate on what’s to come later.

Yanis Varoufakis

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-09-58-36Yanis Varoufakis has told the UK government to get a move on with triggering Article 50 to begin a “robust debate” on what a post-Brexit Britain could look like.

In an interview with the BBC’s Today programme, the former Greek finance minister, said the discussion prior to the referendum was of “very low quality”, adding that once article 50 is invoked Britain should use the negotiating period to prepare itself as nation.

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Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty – Project Syndicate op-ed

Despite their unequivocal Europeanism, the Irish have been serially mistreated by the European Union.
When Irish voters rejected the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008, the EU forced them to vote again until they delivered the “right” outcome. A year later, when private Irish banks imploded, threatening their (mainly) German private creditors with severe losses, Jean-Claude Trichet, the European Central Bank’s then-president, immediately “informed” the Irish government that the ECB would shut down ATMs across the Emerald Isle unless Ireland’s unsuspecting taxpayers made the German banks whole.
Ireland acquiesced, its public debt ballooned, emigration returned, and the country remains bruised and despondent. With the EU still refusing meaningful reduction of a debt burden unfairly borne by the younger generation, the Irish remain convinced, correctly, that the EU violated their sovereignty on behalf of foreign bankers.

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ATHENS – Despite their unequivocal Europeanism, the Irish have been serially mistreated by the European Union.

When Irish voters rejected the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008, the EU forced them to vote again until they delivered the “right” outcome. A year later, when private Irish banks imploded, threatening their (mainly) German private creditors with severe losses, Jean-Claude Trichet, the European Central Bank’s then-president, immediately “informed” the Irish government that the ECB would shut down ATMs across the Emerald Isle unless Ireland’s unsuspecting taxpayers made the German banks whole.

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A broken-up Europe will breed monsters: Varoufakis on CNBC

Europe is disintegrating and this could come at great human cost, Greece’s fiery former finance minister warned on Tuesday.
“The great fear is that the disintegration of the European Union — whatever you may think about the European Union — is going to come at a very, very large human cost,” Yanis Varoufakis told CNBC in London.
“That kind of Europe is one that breeds monsters. It is not the kind of Europe that the world needs,” he later added.

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Europe is disintegrating and this could come at great human cost, Greece’s fiery former finance minister warned on Tuesday.

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#VoteJillStein

a-new-societySome argue that, “Instead of just making a lot of noise and asking for change that is too drastic to be assimilated well, we need to take over first one major Party and then the other. This is such an easy job to do if we only come together, became adept at compromise and bargaining, and began to make steady change.”

The only thing that can do that is Third Party Votes: You cannot reform either of the major Parties from within because you don’t have the money to compete with Wall Street or the War Industry which includes the so-called Industrial-Surveillance Complex and the Industrial-Prison Complex.

I understand that that is the belief of some that we must reform the Democratic Party from within, but I don’t believe you will ever accomplish that nor do I believe that its accomplishment is possible from within unless there are viable truly progressive third party options.

The last time the Democratic party was taken over was by FDR and the Party elite hated him but they couldn’t do anything about him because of his extreme popularity. They did begin their retaking of the party apparatus in 1944 when FDR was weakened by his age, health and the stress of the war. From then on it was a steady drift to the right of the political spectrum until the 1970s when enough FDR “New Dealer” democrats had died then they began a full scale reconquest of the party.

The New Democratic Party of Bill Clinton saw a full-scale return to the Neoliberalism (which is only a rehashing of the old or classical Liberalism of the 1920s) of which there was nothing “liberal,” i.e., socially liberal, in the sense it is thought of today.

Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Whereas CLASSICAL LIBERALISM emphasizes the role of liberty, SOCIAL LIBERALISM stresses the importance of equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas and programs such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free markets, civil rights, democratic societies, secular governments, gender equality and international cooperation.

Classical Liberalism, or Neo-liberalism, stress among the preceding with emphasis the free market ideology that Reagan embraced and that the Clintons and Obama have adopted as the main plank of their political philosophy where as the Social Liberals, in the vein that FOX (read FAKE) NEWS keeps telling us the Democrats are, emphasizes the civil rights and equality issues.

Social Liberals and Classical Liberals are rather like “oil and water” in that they very rarely mix very much for very long. Since the 1970s there has been a steady drift in the Democratic Party from the Social Liberalism of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s that is still thought of as liberalism toward the New Democratic Party and its embrace of Classical Liberalism.

The takeover of the Democratic Party was only possible because of the effects of the Great Depression and the influence of the Communist Party with the influence of Eugene Debs. The CIO was the most powerful labor movement in the nation as it accepted workers of all descriptions unlike the corporate lackeys in the AFL. But that was because there was a strong contingent of Communists in the CIO influencing the policies of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. It was the threat of a Communist rise to power with the political and human power of the CIO that force even FDR to take as hard a left turn as he did.

Don’t forget (assuming you have done your homework on the rise of FDR in the late 1920s and early 1930s) that the Democratic Party nomination was a very tough race. Al Smith, who had for some time been a force to be reckoned with and had been the Democratic nominee once or twice already nearly won the nomination. Assuming Smith had achieved that and won the election that Nov. American history would have taken a very different path. Smith was very conservative and FDR even ran on a conservative platform including a balanced budget plank. And the only thing that allowed the progressivism of FDR was the absolute threat of a Third Party takeover of the American Political Stage, the Communist Party.

As much as I personally wish there were more options, especially a true anti-capitalist party, today there are no external (third party) forces that can lead to a resurgence of the Social Liberalism within the Democratic Party except the possibility of the Green Party and the Jill Stein wing of that Party is the most Progressive wing it has. 

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