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Hope for Chilean Democracy Based on Swiss Model remains

When Chile’s rejected constitution was drafted, the country looked to Switzerland for ideas on direct democracy. The rejected constitution was to replace the one used since the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, which had ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990. In October 2019, large swathes of the Chilean population took to the streets to protest … Continue reading

Is the Kibbutz Socialist?

In this essay, I will deal with the Kibbutz phenomenon from a purely political perspective, including my own experience of whether or not I found the Kibbutz to be a form of Socialism in Action, or a form of Actually Existing Socialism, to borrow the old CPGB line regarding the former Soviet bloc nations (plus … Continue reading

Anarchism in America (?) (1983)

This documentary from independent filmmakers Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher aims to identify the nature and role of anarchist thought in American history and whether or not it continues to have currency in the then present-day of the early 1980s. The opening titles illustrate the dilemma facing the producers. “Anarchism in America” is followed by … Continue reading

Review: Black Nemesis: A Critical Life of Thomas Sankara

Review: Black Nemesis: A Critical Life of Thomas Sankara Troy Southgate. Black Front Press 2020. Available from blackfrontpress@yahoo.co.uk In August 1983, a revolutionary insurrection-cum-military coup brought Thomas Sankara into power in the former French West African colony of Upper Volta. In this short, well-researched book, Troy Southgate shines a light on how this charismatic Black … Continue reading

Yellow Jackets hit the streets of Paris

The French Yellow Vests (Mouvement des gilets jaunes) will be on the streets in Paris this Saturday. They will be marking the end of Macron’s fake “great debate” which they call the “big blah blah”. Saturday will also be a celebration of four months since the beginning of the movement. And what a four months … Continue reading

Yellow vests and unions team-up against Macron

Strikes and protests swept France on Tuesday as the grassroots gilet jaune (Yellow Vest) movement and trade ­unionists came together for the first time in significant numbers. The Yellow Vests have put tens of thousands of people onto the streets every Saturday for 12 weeks in a row. A movement that began over fuel prices has … Continue reading

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