Elsewhere, as the Middle East struggles with the consequences of its own unfinished revolutions, Paul Ingram urges hope. Anthony Barnett, in an extended revisiting of Raymond Williams' The Long Revolution, asks what political transformation might actually mean in the developed democracies of the west. Leaderless, horizontal government is the perfect revenge to the pure ungoverned market, but how might it work? Are there any clues to be found in the hip-hop that has come out of the Arab Spring?
Anthony points to ‘the definitive military/political defeat of both Bushism and bin Ladenism’ as one reason for the mobilization of the ‘99%’ in 2011. As Obama’s America leaves Iraq, David Held and Kristian Coates Ulrichsen argue that the wars of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are the west’s wars of decline, while Paul Rogers anatomises American arguments for war in Iran, and David Mepham urges alternative forms of pressure on Syria.
In Great Britain, the debate about Cameron’s European veto continued, with Kirsty Hughes urging the Prime Minister to move on from the playground. Barbara Gunnell took aim at the scrooge employers relying on the state to top-up low wages, and the London Olympics Committee comes under fire for their decision to award a building contract to a company in dispute with victims of the Union Carbide disaster.
Today, Monday, is the anniversary of the 2010 Belarusian elections that degenerated into a brutal campaign of repression against opponents of the regime. Spare a few moments for the brave men and women who continue to devote themselves to the fight for freedom.
Four links not to miss:
"Good" financial results of hedge funds entirely due to reporting bias
Paul Krugman on what’s happening in Europe
Mary Kaldor pays tribute to 'Mr Former Havel'
Tony Curzon Price on Hitch22 in memoriam
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