Author Archives: Martin O'Shaughnessy

Lost Elections’ Strategic Lessons for Workers’ Movements Everywhere Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:01 By Richard D Wolff

Last week’s elections in Wisconsin and in San Diego and San Jose, California, brought victories for capitalists’ over workers’ priorities. Majorities of voters endorsed politicians’ plans to ease state and city budget difficulties by cutting public employees’ jobs, wages, pensions … Continue reading

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Programme pour une démocratie économique et une alternative écologique

Une des grande questions qui a été posée par tous les mouvements Occupy est comment repenser une démocratie qui ne marche visiblement plus. Une réponse possible, qui émane d’un contexte américain mais qui a une valeur bien plus générale, se trouve … Continue reading

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Economic Democracy, Not Austerity or Keynesian “Growth” by Rick Wolff,

Recent defeats of Dutch, Greek and French governing parties show rising opposition to their austerity policies. Across Europe and North America, similar oppositions mount. Bailing out large financial and other corporations with borrowed money has been the almost universal government … Continue reading

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Toni Negri and the French presidential election

For Toni Negri’s thoughts on  the first round of the French presidential elections see here. And for other interesting articles on the same (by the look of it broadly Negrist) site, see here.

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University of California and the criminalisation of dissent (letter appealing for support)

Dear Fellow Education Activists, I’m writing today with an impassioned and profoundly frustrated heart about what is happening on our campus at UC Berkeley, the so-called “home of the Free Speech Movement,” and beyond. It’s extremely important to share this story with … Continue reading

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Experimental film / video and the crisis

There have recently been a cluster of French mainstream films that can be seen to engage with the crisis and its fallout in one way or another. Some of them are discussed in French here.  There has also been a … Continue reading

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Manifesto for Economic Democracy and Ecological Sanity Thursday 9 February 2012

It is often said that the weakness of current oppositional mobilisation is its lack of specific projects or concrete proposals. As if in answer to that kind of accusation, the Economic Democracy Manifesto Group have published a manifesto available here. … Continue reading

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This is no bailout for Main Street America In reality, a $25bn mortgage deal with banks is a drop in the ocean – given US homeowners’ $700bn of negative equity

(by Rick Wolff ) Big announcements of breakthrough legislative deals during election campaigns should be taken with huge grains of salt. Generally more rhetoric than reality, they sometimes contain real concessions made by politicians seeking votes. So it is with Thursday’s … Continue reading

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Taking stock: Occupy in late January by Jeffrey Masko

With wind and rain, OWSW ushered in a new phase of Occupy with the January 20th day of actions in the financial district of San Francisco. Any claim that Occupy is dead or in decline has been proven to be … Continue reading

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Video artist Joan Loague and Occupy Wall St.

Noted video portrait artist, Joan Logue has been documenting the “Occupy Wall Street” event since it began to until December 7th. Her pieces ( here ) are short takes on Occupy actions and activity around in Zuccotti park and Brooklyn, … Continue reading

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