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Labour must become the party of people who want to change the world, not just Britain

Who is going to overhaul capitalism in the digital age? Paul Mason argues that 'networked individuals' have replaced the industrial working class as the key agents of change. To win power in Britain, Labour must represent their values, culture and aspirations.

Labour must become the party of people who want to change the world, not just Britain

Who is going to overhaul capitalism in the digital age? Paul Mason argues that 'networked individuals' have replaced the industrial working class as the key agents of change. To win power in Britain, Labour must represent their values, culture and aspirations.

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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

How a new era of digital democracy will change how we interact with politics

Digital innovations may change the quality of participation and the nature of democracy, but how? Español, Português

Poor child healthcare in Bulgaria and Romania

Similar problems are observed as in Romania, joined by Bulgaria at the bottom of the league table in terms of infant mortality in the EU.

Gaza’s “Great March of Return”: an international rallying call for peace and justice

Reduced to refugee status 70 years ago, subjected to three wars since 2008 and an eleven-year economic siege, Israel now denies Palestinians the right to protest.

Is Poland's Holocaust law changing US attitudes towards Ukraine’s memory laws?

Judging by a new congressional letter, Poland's recent "Holocaust law" is catalysing US lawmakers' perception of Ukraine's own "decommunisation" laws. 

Syria: on academic freedom and responsibility

The duty of intellectuals should be to ensure accountability, not to engage in frivolous revisionism. 

First they ignore you… How the media is playing catch up on land reform

There is now cross-party consensus on the issue of land value capture, but newspapers are still stuck in the past.

Why is Ireland still placing people detained for immigration-related purposes in prisons?

Research from Nasc sheds light on the treatment of those refused ‘leave to land’ at Irish borders and individuals held in detention for immigration-related purposes.

The permitted and the forbidden: Ukraine’s security services turn their eyes to “banned” Islamic literature

For the first time since Maidan, Ukrainian Muslims have started speaking out about harassment from Ukrainian security services. RU

The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

Foreign and 'alt-right' activists target Irish voters on Facebook ahead of abortion referendum

New data shows how social media has become a battleground in a transatlantic backlash against abortion rights for Irish women.

UBI: balancing progress and protection

Why we need to be able to think in terms of a brave new world.

Labour must become the party of people who want to change the world, not just Britain

‘Networked individuals’ have replaced the industrial working class as the key agent for overhauling capitalism in the digital age. To win power, Labour must represent their values, culture, aspirations and political priorities.

Could walking offer a path to more ethical migration research?

A research method based on walking allows mirgrants more agency over the process.

Armenia’s “permanent revolution”: why do the protests continue in Yerevan?

With the resignation of Armenia’s prime minister, it looks as if Armenia is line for radical change. But the Armenia’s entrenched network of power is not giving up so easily.

How the mother of a son with autism opened Karelia’s only studio for children with “special needs”

You can’t always find a place for your child in Russia’s education system. Sometimes, you need to make one yourself. RU

Human evolution and innovation go hand in hand

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español, Português

GP practices face funding threat as online service ‘targets’ young people

Doctors and NHS staff raise the alarm as the GP at Hand model threatens the very survival of NHS general practice.

The Third Great Depression and rise of the far-right: experiences from Turkey

In Turkey the Islamist right garners support in rural areas by promoting social welfare and subsidy programmes. The left needs to put farmers and workers at the centre of class-based struggle.

The crisis in Venezuela and its lessons for the left

Maduro’s defenders on the Left tend to turn a blind eye to a situation which can only be described as desperate. But its primary cause is the government’s policies. Español

Democratising pensions: where next after the USS strikes?

We need an alternative to Britain’s highly financialised and marketized pensions system. 

No loopholes, no exceptions

Domestic workers and farmworker women join forces to end sexual violence in their industries, leaving no one behind.

Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

Black blood: a history of Kazakhstan’s oil sector

This new book provides a comprehensive overview of Kazakhstan’s oil business, but skips over the uncomfortable truth of privatisation deals.

An 'NHS tax' is perfect for a 'new centrist party'—stale, regressive and technocratic

National Insurance is regressive. Hypothecating taxes tends to encourage ideas of opt outs & top ups. So why is Liz Kendall promoting these as the 'new consensus' for NHS funding?

Why Chomsky felt ‘guilty most of the time’: war research and linguistics at MIT

This article continues our ongoing debate on whether military funding affected Chomsky's linguistics. The author contests the argument that, for the renowned linguist, such funding was always a non-issue.

Scotland in Union held talks with Cambridge Analytica

The vice-chair of the campaign against Scottish independence met with the controversial data firm months after revelations about their involvement in Trump’s campaign came out.

An inconvenient book? Read Miles Goslett on the death of David Kelly – not Aaronovitch's caricature

The case for a full coroner’s inquest to find out the truth regarding the tragic death of a government scientist in the wake of the Iraq war has been trashed for no good reason. Why?

A new wave of applied innovation in our cities

Citizen producers take advantage of networked knowledge and benefit from new available production spaces. New skills and know-how are required, however, for the inclusion of all social sectors. Español, Português