Chantal Mouffe. Photo by Impulse Theater Festival (Flickr) This article is featured in the latest issue of our magazine: ‘Creating the Future’, a collaboration with The World Transformed. Subscribe now for more news, views and in-depth analysis. Michael Calderbank: Why do you think this is a moment, as your book is titled, ‘for a left populism’? Chantal Mouffe: We currently live in post-democratic societies. This is due first to the blurring of the lines between left and right, a situation that I call ‘post-politics’. This comes from the fact that social democratic parties basically accepted the idea there is no alternative to neoliberal globalisation. When citizens go to vote, they don’t have a choice because there is no fundamental difference between centre-right and centre-left programmes. We have also been witnessing a phenomenon of ‘oligarchisation’ of our societies, in the sense that we see an increasing gulf between a … [Read more...] about ‘For A Left Populism’: An interview with Chantal Mouffe
When the Tax Justice Network was formed in 2003, the idea of campaigning to change the global tax system was seen as eccentric, at best. Founding director John Christensen recalls going to meetings of international charities and being part of the ‘awkward squad’: “We were trying to persuade them to look at the harms done by tax havens, at a time when the big charities were focused on increasing aid budgets. They saw us as a bunch of marginalised nutcases who were undermining the development agenda”. In the following years, however, the Tax Justice Network and its allies quietly developed a coherent intellectual framework that provided a devastating critique of the global economic system, and the extent to which illicit financial flows, tax havens and financial secrecy deprive developing and developed countries alike of vital financial resources without which they cannot provide basic services to their citizens. The framework also outlined a comprehensive set of … [Read more...] about Ten years after the crash, the tail is still wagging the dog
An assembly at The World Transformed 2017 This article is featured in the latest issue of our magazine: ‘Creating the Future’, a collaboration with The World Transformed. Subscribe now for more news, views and in-depth analysis. The political events of the last few years have demonstrated the desire in Britain for a different kind of politics and a new society – one that takes power from the establishment and puts it into the hands of the many. The World Transformed (TWT) is about channelling this energy and passion for change into a sustainable, active and self-educating movement with the power to deliver a genuinely transformative political programme and make real change in our communities now. Since its first festival, organised to coincide with the 2016 Labour conference, TWT has been mixing big names with the most inspiring grassroots voices, tackling topics that are often overlooked as well as those that are most pressing for a future Corbyn government. … [Read more...] about Politics goes far beyond the Westminster bubble. We need to build power from the bottom up.
Lack of faith in politics, politicians and government made its debut as a ‘top ten topic’ for Britain: 12 percent of voters cite concerns about our democracy, making it the ninth-biggest issue for the public. It’s not hard to see why. At the last General Election in 2017 an incredible 22 million votes were torn up by Westminster’s broken voting system: either being cast for people who weren’t elected or surplus to requirements. Unlike in Scotland, where people’s voices are still heard if their first preference vote isn’t ‘needed’, First Past the Post effectively throws these ballots on the scrapheap. Not only does it skew our politics, analysis earlier this year showed that Labour could actually win more votes than the Tories in the next General Election, but fewer seats. At the same time a quick glance at our political institutions is enough to discover that they are entirely unrepresentative of the wider country. Despite … [Read more...] about Westminster’s democracy is crumbling. Trade unionists must lead the charge to fix it
A panel event at The World Transformed 2017 Between 22nd and 25th September, thousands will flood the city of Liverpool for a political festival like no other. In a few short years, The World Transformed (TWT) has become a mainstay of the Labour Party Conference fringe; a festival of politics, arts and music bringing together big names with inspiring grassroots voices, tackling topics that are often overlooked, and showcasing a fresh and dynamic model of politics which breaks away from stale traditions. This year, TWT will host over 250 hours of political discussions, debates, workshops, skills training, exhibitions, performance, sports, children’s activities, parties and more, and will feature over 300 politicians, activists, writers and academic from across the world – from France and Germany to Tanzania and the US. Open to people of all ages, identities and backgrounds, this city-wide festival will provide a political space for attendees to hear from political leaders, … [Read more...] about Activists from across the world gather for The World Transformed 2018