[Debate] What's new at Links: #Occupy, organise, protests, David Harvey; European right; Die Linke; Veteran for Peace photos; Swaziland; Marx on Greece; 'Marxism' in China
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Nov 21 08:29:37 GMT 2011
What's new at Links: #Occupy, organise, protest, David Harvey; European
right; Die Linke; Veteran for Peace photos; Swaziland; Marx on Greece;
'Marxism' in China
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Lessons of #Occupy: Don't agonise, organise!
*****For more on the Occupy movement, click HERE.*
By *Peter Boyle*, national convenor, Socialist Alliance (Australia)
[Talk given to a Socialist Alliance organised forum in the Occupy Perth
camp in Forrest Place on on October 30, 2011.]
"Don't agonise, organise!" -- This quote that has become a bumper
sticker, a popular slogan in the feminist movement, the title of many a
speech, conference and newsletter is credited to the Afro-American woman
civil rights activist Florence Rae Kennedy. She was quoted by Gloria
Steinem in /Ms/ magazine in 1973 and since then this powerful slogan has
circumnavigated the world many times and being used by many, many
activists and movements.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2605>
(Updated Nov. 18) Occupy Wall Street: `You cannot evict an idea
whose time has come' -- Huge demos support OWS Nov. 17
November 18, 2011 -- On the November 17 Day of Action in New York, to
mark two months since the Occupy Wall Street camp began and coming just
two days after violent eviction of campers from Liberty Park in
Manhattan, there was a massive of show of support for #OWS.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2600>
Europe: Old racist poison in new bottles <http://links.org.au/node/2608>
By *Rupen Savoulian*
November 14, 2011 -- With Europe engulfed in an economic crisis that
threatens to bring down the eurozone, and possibly shrink the European
Union itself, it is noteworthy to see that some people are doing well
out of this crisis -- very well in fact. The capitalist system is
lurching from crisis to crisis, and while the political left and
socialist parties have experienced some growth from the widespread
disaffection with the imploding capitalist system, it is the extreme
right that is also benefiting from the generalised economic malaise.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2608>
David Harvey addresses #OccupyLSX: The best system money can buy
November 12, 2011 -- Professor *David Harvey* addresses Occupy London
Stock Exchange (#OccupyLSX) Tent City University about the global
capitalist crisis and the Occupy movement.
Germany: Die Linke's road to an anti-capitalist program
By *Dick Nichols*, Erfurt
November 18, 2011 -- Late on October 23, 2011, a chilly Sunday
afternoon, the culminating vote of the program congress of Germany's
Left Party (Die Linke) came in Erfurt's cavernous Congress Centre: 503
delegates raised their voting cards to support the document as finally
amended by the congress, with only four against and 12 abstentions.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2604>
Photo essay: 11-11-11 -- Veterans for Peace Arlington West Memorial:
8 years and counting <http://links.org.au/node/2603>
Photos and text by *James Rodríguez*, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County,
November 11, 2011 -- The armistice that ended World War I was signed on
November 11, 1918. Since then, many allied nations have adopted the date
to commemorate members of the armed forces who have served in a war. In
the United States, this day is observed as Veterans Day.
This year's holiday marks the eight anniversary of a unique
commemoration carried out by the Los Angeles chapter of Veterans for
Peace (VFP) on the sands of world-renowned Santa Monica Beach.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2603>
Swaziland: Liberation movement proposes path to democracy
By *Skhumbuzo Phakat, *PUDEMO secretary general
November 15, 2011 -- The only solution to the current crisis is a
transition to democratic governance. The financial crisis, judicial
crisis, education crisis, health crisis and the entire deep-seated
structural crisis the Swazi regime is under can only be solved by
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2602>
Political crisis in Italy and Greece: Karl Marx on 'technical
By *Marcello Musto*
November 16, 2011 -- In recent years Karl Marx has again been featuring
in the world's press because of his prescient insights into the cyclical
and structural character of capitalist crises. Now there is another
reason why he should be re-read in the light of Greece and Italy: the
reappearance of the "technical government".
As a contributor to the /New-York Tribune/, one of the widest
circulation dailies of his time, Marx observed the political and
institutional developments that led to one of the first technical
governments in history: the British cabinet of the Earl of Aberdeen,
December 1852 to January 1855.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2601>
China: Marxism with capitalist characteristics?
*Ian Parker* reflects on a recent visit to China
November 9, 2011 -- Capitalism in China is rapidly uprooting and
throwing into the marketplace all that seemed fixed and frozen since the
revolution in 1949, but -- as with all other forms of capitalism -- this
market is all but free. The bureaucracy holds in place systems of
authority necessary for capital accumulation, and the Chinese state is a
key player in the enrichment of a new bourgeoisie. There are particular
political-economic and ideological conditions for this transition, of
course, and one of the most important is the legacy of Maoism, and how
the claim to be a socialist country is squared with the rapid
abandonment of each and every tenet of socialism.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2599>
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