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Corbyn Versus Capitalism

Corbyn Versus Capitalism

Politics
Zack Breslin
We are now a little over a week out from the general election in the UK. The smart money is still on a Tory victory and an outright majority with which Boris Johnson can pursue his hard Brexit agenda and perpetuate the dominance of the wealthy elite over the rest of society. But nothing is certain. The high levels of voter registration amongst young people raises the possibility that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party gains enough votes to gain power, perhaps relying on the support of the SNP. Indeed, it has been argued that some polls show that the UK is “a normal-sized polling error away from a Labour government”. Were that to happen subsequent events would amount ...
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What Comes After Trump Might be Worse

What Comes After Trump Might be Worse

Politics
Francis Taylor
There was a time when people regarded George W. Bush as the worst president in U.S. history. Surely, we thought, this was the nadir of American politics. A droopy-eyed warmonger who dragged his country into one of the worst foreign policy disasters of the 21st century. An administration that spied on its citizens and tortured prisoners in detention camps. A presidency so disliked by the public that it ended with one of the lowest approval ratings ever recorded. Then Obama entered the scene. And the previous near-decade of political turmoil seemed like a bad dream. Here was a real leader—eloquent and dignified. Never mind that he expanded the surveillance state and bombed Libya without congressional approval. Pundits ...
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Germany: Liberal Democracy is Rotting from its Core

Germany: Liberal Democracy is Rotting from its Core

Politics
Matthew D. Rose
Most German establishment political parties have turned away from striving for a better society. In recent decades they have become profit-oriented service companies in a billion euro industry: selling laws, permits, public contracts, even protection, as we are seeing in the case of Volkswagen’s diesel defeat device, to the highest bidder. These parties have sold their autonomy and become a consolidated committee to manage the affairs of corporations and the wealthy ...
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Reichstag Upon Thames

Reichstag Upon Thames

Politics
Laura Nelson
Comparisons between the Trump regime and Hitler’s Third Reich have become commonplace and invidious. While it is undeniable that there are similarities between their ideology and propaganda techniques (Lügenpresse = “Lying Press” = “Fake News”), it is rash to go further and declare an equivalence. The political philosopher Leo Strauss noticed and formulated the “Argumentum ad Hitlerum” and described it as a cue that the argument has gone awry. Still, disturbing parallels remain disturbing. But it came as a surprise last week that Boris Johnson, the current fanatically pro-Brexit British Prime Minister, has beaten Darth Realtor to the punch in the would-be autocrat contest ...
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The Handmaid's Tale: A Timely Warning

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Timely Warning

Politics
Zack Breslin
The television show The Handmaid’s Tale is nearing the conclusion of its third season and while the show is perhaps not quite hitting the heights of earlier series it remains essential viewing. For those who haven’t seen it (don’t worry, you’ll find no spoilers here), The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the Margaret Atwood book of the same name, tells the story of the fictional theocratic state, Gilead, which has replaced a United States that has collapsed against the backdrop of political instability, declining fertility and environmental catastrophe. In Gilead, the state forces fertile women to become child-bearing slaves (Handmaids) to a Christian Fundamentalist elite. It is a dystopic society in which all the power is held by ...
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Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Politics
Mark Tweedy
Since journalists overwhelmingly rely on the voices of elites, elites have a disproportionate influence on the media agenda, acting as the ‘primary definers’ who set the framework of interpretation against which all subsequent voices are forced to insert themselves. While voices on the right-wing of the political spectrum often claim that the media has an implicit left-wing agenda, it is corporations, not leftist academics, which enforce politically correct limits on speech. By contrast, ordinary people who appear in the news are constructed primarily as passive consumers, reacting to the agendas set by these elites. If the UK press had a left wing agenda, why would they not support Jeremy Corbyn? After all he embodies many left-wing ideas ...
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Starvation Sanctions Are Worse Than Overt Warfare

Starvation Sanctions Are Worse Than Overt Warfare

Politics
Caitlin Johnstone
“We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday,” President Trump tweeted last week. “I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again — The sooner the better!” Iran’s economy is already floundering due to the steadily mounting sanctions that the Trump administration has been heaping upon it since its withdrawal from the JCPOA last year. Crucial goods are four times the price they used to be, sick Iranians are having difficulty obtaining life-saving medicine, and life in general has been getting much more difficult for the poorest and frailest Iranian civilians. For this reason, it is a very safe bet that there have been Iranians who ...
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The Psychopaths Want War

The Psychopaths Want War

Politics
Zack Breslin
Once more, tensions are rising in the Middle East as analysts warn that the ongoing strategic contest between the US and Iran might result in war. On the 13th June, two oil tankers were attacked and set ablaze in the Straits of Hormuz, off the coast of Iran. Who the perpetrators were is not clear, although inevitably the US placed the blame on their regional nemesis, Iran. The US military released video footage and photographs that are purported to back up these claims, although the governments of several nations, including Germany, have expressed scepticism. The incident was the latest in a series of unexplained attacks on oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz. The US blames Iran ...
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