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Bringing Liberalism Down.

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 4th, 2017 - 138 comments

It isn’t always wise to tackle an adversary head on and sometimes, with a bit of smarts, two birds can be had with one stone. This post is about halting the march of liberalism and killing the potential of fascism.

Left Rising.

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, April 23rd, 2017 - 49 comments

In something over 24 hours time from now, the results from the first round of the French Presidential elections will be in.

Marama Fox on working with a Labour/Green government

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, March 27th, 2017 - 73 comments

Marama Fox opens the way for the Māori Party to work with Labour and the Greens.

Labour: Greens are the first cab off the rank

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 19 comments

Andrew Little has confirmed that the Green Party will be first party Labour looks to for a coalition deal after the election.

Working with Helen

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, October 15th, 2016 - 17 comments

I worked with Helen at the CTU for about seven years from 2008.

Helen Kelly: Just plain good

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 14th, 2016 - 41 comments

I’m going to miss you, mate.

Don’t despair

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 7th, 2016 - 134 comments

It’s year 8 of a National/ACT government and things are looking pretty bleak. And it’s really, really easy to spin down into a spiral of bleakness and anxiety. But we can make it through.

Campaigning South Auckland style

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 7th, 2016 - 8 comments

The South has responded to the Matafai West Auckland effort from yesterday. Sua William Sio says that South Auckland is the Gateway to the nation and the land of the young, beautiful and gifted.  Judging by this video he may be right.

Optimism, determination and, above all, unity

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 14th, 2016 - 15 comments

At the Guardian, UK Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey reflects on the first year of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Video: neoliberalism as a colonising project

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 9th, 2016 - 29 comments

“If indigenous people were given a space to be able to think about what system would work for them, I don’t think that would look like capitalism” – Kassie Hartendorp speaking at the launch of ESRA last week.

Video: What comes after neoliberalism?

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, September 8th, 2016 - 8 comments

Nick Srnicek’s keynote talk at the launch of Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, on the role that left think tanks like ESRA can play in developing a post-capitalist politics for today.

Launch of Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA)

Written By: - Date published: 1:36 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 35 comments

There is a new leftie think tank in town. Congratulations to Sue Bradford and her team. We hope to hear plenty more from ESRA!

Is US Green Party’s Jill Stein the new people’s champion?

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, July 28th, 2016 - 109 comments

Plus she makes Fox News reporters’ heads explode.

Refining an existing capacity to make the rubble bounce and bounce

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, July 20th, 2016 - 80 comments

UK Labour continues to embarrass progressives throughout the world after a majority of MPs voted to support renewal of the Trident program.

What I would like from the Labour Party Conference

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 8th, 2016 - 120 comments

Some thoughts on what this weekend’s centennial Labour Party conference might achieve.

Robert Reich’s letter to Bernie Sanders

Written By: - Date published: 3:41 pm, June 9th, 2016 - 47 comments

The text of an open letter written by Ribert Reich to his friend Bernie Sanders.

intersections

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 4th, 2016 - 66 comments

You can talk all you like about the economy and the 1% and the capitalist system and the environment and growing inequality, but if you can’t include an intersectional analysis into your description of the problem and into your solutions, then all that talk does not include me and will not be of any use to me.

Building a mass movement

Written By: - Date published: 3:13 pm, January 19th, 2016 - 58 comments

Republished by request, and permission from Stephanie Rodgers at Boots Theory

[Content note: mentions of transphobia, sexual violence and violence against people of colour]

Labour, identity, class and winning

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 54 comments

The question of identity politics and Labour’s direction just never go away. But maybe we’re just thinking about it all wrong.

Anat Shenker-Osorio on the creation of left metaphors

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, October 11th, 2015 - 66 comments

Communications Anat Shenker-Osorio has some simple messages for Labour in its quest for Government.  The left’s strongest advantage is its care for people rather than the economy and the message that will resonate is a positive one emphasising the care of people and the environment.

Green Politics

Written By: - Date published: 5:19 pm, September 25th, 2015 - 203 comments

Think the Green Party have just sold out and will do a deal with National next election? Think again…

The Attack

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, September 15th, 2015 - 52 comments

And they’re off!

Making Like Private Frazer

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, September 14th, 2015 - 20 comments

Political awakenings.

Rob Salmond’s argument – too simplistic and wrong in its assumptions

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, August 23rd, 2015 - 139 comments

As Mike Smith’s post last night relates, Rob Salmond makes the case that a properly left wing Labour Party is always going to lose. Screw that. More like a Tory Labour doesn’t deserve to win.

Win or Lose: This is Labour

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, August 7th, 2015 - 199 comments

Some people have suggested that the more progressive parliamentary elements of the left are done and dusted. I’m not so sure…

In Praise of Key

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 331 comments

Hardly a comprehensive take, but in the interest of stating some obvious stuff…

Outflanking Labour on the left

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 152 comments

Aka “swallowing dead rats”. Aka “losing the argument”. Aka shifting the political center – yay!

Are the left really angry?

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, May 17th, 2015 - 51 comments

The latest attacks on the left involves the right claiming that left activists are too angry and hurting labour’s chances in the UK as well as New Zealand.

Dear NZ Labour. Listen up.

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, May 12th, 2015 - 48 comments

For the sake of reference – Nye Bevan was a Labour mp and the architect of the British NHS. Michael Sheen’s  speech was a defense of that institution, but the underpinning message is, well…

Pull the other one… ponytails, minimisation and male privilege

Written By: - Date published: 5:48 pm, April 25th, 2015 - 407 comments

From pulling ponytails to police minimisation, there is a deep problem in our country with attitudes towards women and to sexual violence.

Time for the Greens to transcend left vs. right.

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 am, March 14th, 2015 - 267 comments

The co-leadership race within the Greens has shown that they’re alive and kicking – if nursing a few wounds from the last election. Both Kevin Hague and Gareth Hughes have managed to enter the race with minimal belittlement – an impressive feat in itself, for a party as controversial as the Greens. Most interesting of […]

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