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Our dreams don't fit in your ballot boxes

When people go home – what happens next? How do you canalise the tidal energy of a protest or social movement until it effects change? At a Podemos London event, we begin to find out.

Joy arises, rules fall apart: thoughts for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street

In these moments of rupture, people find themselves members of a "we" that did not until then exist, at least not as an entity with agency and identity and potency. New possibilities or the old dream of a just society emerge and shine.

The fight for the square - Tahrir, Sol, Wall Street, Taksim

“The fight for the square is turning people into something new, whatever one thinks of what can happen after…”, a conversation with Annalena di Giovanni.

Beyond Occupy: progressive activists in Europe

Occupy is part of a wide range of subterranean movements that explore ways to complement representative democracy and empower citizenship. Some citizens want to build stronger democratic institutions: others don’t trust elected representatives any more and promote a change that starts at a local level and in daily life.

Rearticulating the movement post-15M in Spain

On September 15 in Madrid, over one hundred thousand people answered the unions’ call to demand a referendum on austerity. In both its aims and its format, this action confirmed that the trade unions have been influenced by the 15M movement.

Experiments in democracy and diversity within the Occupy Movement(s)

Horizontal democracy attempts to ensure equality by embracing diversity and conflict. Within these political structures, diversity is not a problem that needs to be resolved: there is no narrative of uniformity, no shared identity (national or otherwise) and no predetermined ideology.

Los Indignados: a movement that is here to stay

The retreat of national politics in the face of the imperatives of the global financial markets is returning politics to the streets. 

Greece: Syriza shines a light

Like a swan moving forward with relaxed confidence while paddling furiously beneath the surface, Syriza, the radical left coalition that could become the next government of Greece, is facing enormous challenges calmly but with intensifed activity.

The Spanish dilemma: a blessing in disguise?

Spain’s crisis is not one of public debt per se. It is of private debt being transformed into a national burden.

Debating “the commons” in post-socialist Bulgaria

The absence of solidarity with other causes and the persistence of neoliberalism in Bulgarian protests against the Forestry Act underline the need to adapt our understanding of "the commons" to new contexts. Neoliberal discourse and developmentalist ideology still control the imaginations of the majority of people from across the class spectrum.

Occupy Europe: a supranational front of progressive forces is needed to refund the European Union

We have not only to replace Merkel, Rajoy, Monti forthwith and encourage Hollande. We have to get rid of Barroso and Van Rompuy as well. Taking fortress Europe is a much more important challenge than winning national elections.

Building a civil economy

Game theory or gift society? The narcissistic vision of the homo oeconomicus has failed to acknowledge long-documented evidence of the primacy of cooperation. In this Friday essay, Adrian Pabst explores the liberating potential of an anthropologically informed economics for the age of austerity. 

Feminist practice in the 15-M movement: progress and outstanding issues

As a protest space created by men and women, 15-M has not developed tools for recognising the patriarchal logic to be found at its heart, and transforming them from a feminist perspective. The result has been to render violence invisible and to silence women’s voices. 

15M - Towards real-time democracy

A year after the revolution of the indignados in Spain, the 15M movement promotes novel solutions to boost democratic participation.

Hope from below: composing the commons in Iceland

Never again can the world be told by the custodians of the old that the people cannot be relied upon to write the contract between citizens and government, and write it well.

Beating up the press

Press photographers and cameramen are the latest victims of police brutality in Spain. Unfortunately, the story of Gorka Ramos – beaten and detained despite showing proper accreditation – is not unique.

Greek protest in Syntagma Square: in between post-politics and real democracy

Syntagma Square is a political response to a highly polarised political establishment that has repeatedly failed in recent years to meet the demands of the body politic.

Real Journalism Now: the media after Spain's revolution

‘Why are the traditional media losing their credibility? Why do our citizens no longer trust us? In the Puerta del Sol - the seat of the Spanish Revolution - why were they shouting ‘Television: manipulation’?’

Beating a retreat (‘En retirada’)

Spain is the only country in the European Union with a population of over a million without a law on access to public information - a fundamental tool not just for the practice of journalism but also for the people.

May and Spain's Bermuda Triangle

Real Democracy Now, if it had done nothing else, has rescued a supine Spanish electorate from the stultifying boredom of the recent election period. However, people still turned out to vote. So what’s new?

How a divided Spain started a revolution

The Spanish Revolution is a result of deep underlying divisions running through the Spanish society, which the political class and mainstream media continue to ignore at the peril of the country's democracy.

Some kind of revolution

In Puerta del Sol, the camp’s peaceful and serious ethos seems to have won the demonstrators the respect of many older members of the Madrid community. Can it have lasting impact across the country?

Understanding ‘Spanishrevolution’

For the last week, Spain has been rocked with its own ‘Spanishrevolution’ - a civil movement which has sprung up to demand deep democratic changes.

Greece in turmoil: riots and politics

The protest wave in Greece following the police shooting of a student should be seen in the light of the country’s post-1973 history, says Kostas Gemenis.

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