Category Archives: Demise of the Left

Three recent interviews – transcripts and video

Today, I have translated two interviews I did while I was in Europe recently. The original interviews were in Spanish. The first interview was with Andrés Villena Oliver for CTXT and was published in the Spanish newspaper Público. It was … Read the rest of this entry »

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Travel and beyond …

My blog today is short as I have been travelling back home and trying to land on both feet – running! Today, you can view a video of the Berlin event on September 28, 2017 and find out what the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Admin, Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 7 Comments

Video of Reclaiming the State presentation, Brighton, UK September 25, 2017

I am now in Helsinki where the weather is distinctly cooler (did I say colder) than it has been down in Southern Europe the past week. I don’t have much time for writing today. Tomorrow, we will be conducting a … Read the rest of this entry »

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The role of literary fiction in perpetuating neo-liberal economic myths – Part 1

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog – Reflections on a visit to New Zealand – which began by summarising some research I am working on which will be presented (with Dr Louisa Connors) at the upcoming MMT conference … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, US economy | 62 Comments

Progressives should move on from a reliance on ‘Robin Hood’ taxes

There was an article in the International Politics and Society journal (August 27, 2017) – Robin Hood had the right idea – which continues to demonstrate, how in my view, the Left has gone down a deadend path with respect … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Climate change, Demise of the Left, Economics, Framing and Language | 32 Comments

Reclaiming the State

On June 3, 1951, the Socialist International association was formed in London. It is still going. It is “a worldwide association of political parties, most of which seek to establish democratic socialism”. Its roots date back to the C19th (to … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Debriefing 101, Demise of the Left | 11 Comments

The divide-and-conquer strategy of the CIA in France 1985-style

A good friend sent me a document that was released under the US Central Intelligence Agency’s rules about archives. The CIA has established a fabulous ‘Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room’ where all sorts of stuff is released after … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Economics, Framing and Language | 4 Comments

Jacques Delors – a failed leader not a champion of a prosperous Europe

It is amazing how history is revised when it is convenient. It is also amazing how the same events, that from my perspective are rather clear, can be diametrically interpreted by others, who want to run a different agenda. A … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone | 8 Comments

The way forward for progressives

Today’s blog represents the notes that make up the conclusion of my upcoming book with Italian journalist Thomas Fazi which will be entitled – Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World – and is due … Read the rest of this entry »

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British labour lost in a neo-liberal haze

There was an exchange in the British House of Commons a few weeks ago (sitting on April 19, 2017), which really summarised why the Tories will win the British election and why Jeremy Corbyn has led the Labour Party there … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Debriefing 101, Demise of the Left, UK Economy | 19 Comments