Hilary Wainwright on Greece, Brazil, and the UK

After I’d written some bits and pieces about the relationship between electoral politics and emancipatory social movements I came across Hilary Wainwright’s article for the Transnational Institute. In it she explores some of the lessons that can be learned from Syriza, from Porto Alegre, and from London’s GLC. I strongly recommend that those on the left in Britain who are thinking about what approach to take to Parliamentary politics read it. We don’t have a Syriza in this country, as yet. But we do have the beginnings of a social movement that could sustain a Syriza-like coalition that rejects the current consensus on political economy. If we are serious about creating such a coalition, Wainwright’s work and ideas will prove hugely valuable.

 

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One thought on “Hilary Wainwright on Greece, Brazil, and the UK

  1. williamabowles

    You say:
    “But we do have the beginnings of a social movement that could sustain a Syriza-like coalition that rejects the current consensus on political economy”

    I say, where exactly is it? Efforts like Coalition of Resistance for instance? When you dig deeper, you find that it’s a bunch of the usual suspects calling for a return to some mythical pre- neoliberal Labour Party, when the reality is that it’s down to the postwar deal done between capital and labour, in a word, ‘reform’, that’s the problem. With a trade union movement not only a shadow if its former self but what’s left of it in bed with an imperialist Labour Party, where is this opposition to come from? A fragmented ‘left’ that’s still fighting fights it lost when I was a kid? Depressing yes, but true.

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