I plead guilty to the indictment of avowed
optimism. We have entered an age of resistance for which we must build an analytics. New forms,
strategies and subjects of resistance and insurrection appear regularly without knowledge
of or guidance from Badiou, Zizek or Negri.
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The factors that contribute to the
inexorable rise of fascism in societies, described here, have to be identified,
understood and undermined by critical theory as soon as they occur, so that
political action can confront them.
Greece is a
nation afflicted with polarized political forces. Could the Greek Green Party’s latest
MEP nomination foment anti-Israeli sentiments and escalate
this polarisation? What does the European Green Party have to say?
democracy is only to choose every four, or five, or six years the person who’s
going to do everything they want without taking popular will into account... we
are in a sort of trap and I think that’s certainly the case today for Europe
What is to happen in Greece in the forthcoming European elections,
which, not without a certain irony of history, will take place while this
country holds the EU presidency? Euro elections landscape, 2014.
The revolutionary left denounces Russell Brand, but the poor know he is right. His lack of a proper alternative doesn't hurt his analysis of what is wrong. People must realise how many skills are available on the street that should be used to replace the old, corrupt system.
The new composition of the European
Parliament after the elections in 2014 is expected to be rather different. It
is estimated that the number of anti-Europeans and Eurosceptics will increase
from around 100 to around 200 MEPs in a total of 751 seats, reinforcing the
presence of radical parties.
Today, the British Museum’s Trustees
argue that the Parthenon sculptures are “integral to the Museum’s purpose as a worldmuseumtelling
the story of human cultural achievement.” But what does history tell us?
Is the nation-state still the most viable form of political community or have the pressures of globalization reduced its possibility to maintain the well-being of its citizens in such a manner that we should look to a larger community of reciprocal solidarity, namely Europe?
It is only a broad anti-fascist alliance which will actively condemn and oppose any form of violence, focusing on the defence of democratic institutions to reenergize democratic practices, that will disarm Golden Dawn politically and culturally in the longer term.
The Council of Europe has long been
putting pressure on the Greek government to suspend the operation of this
organisation. But it has taken a long time and much grief before this preventive
action was taken.
Ten days after the murder of
Pavlos Fyssas, the ND-PASOK pro-austerity government arrested most of the
Golden Dawn leadership on the grounds of being a criminal organization. Yet,
for a combination of economic and political reasons, democracy in Greece is in more
danger today than ever before.
The Greek government has finally launched action against Golden
Dawn, a far-right party long tainted by its association with violence. But the
timing of this action casts doubt on the depth of the government’s commitment
to countering far-right violence in the country.