Left Parties

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An Alternative for SYRIZA
Achilleas and Eleni
Article
2015
In order to regain sovereignty, a country has to exit not only the EZ, if a member, but the EU itself. Liberated from the noose of the EU treaties and regulations, Greek people will have the freedom t...
Analyzing the Failures of Syriza
Dolack, Pete
Article
2017
Examines the failture of Syriza, The Coalition of the Radical Left, since their election in Greece.
A Blueprint for a New Party: With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in the working c
Ackerman, Seth
Article
2016
A proposal for a national political organization that would have chapters at the state and local levels, a binding program, a leadership accountable to its members, and electoral candidates nominated ...
The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn's Improbable Path to Power
Nunns, Alex
Book
2016
Chronicling Jeremy Corbyn's rise to the position of leader of Britian's Labour Party. An insiders look at the events that led to his appointment.
The Caracas Commitment: Declaration from World Meeting of Left Parties, November 19-21, Caracas, Venezuela
Article
2009
We have gathered with the aim of unifying criteria and giving concrete answers that allow us to defend our sovereignty, our social victories, and the freedom of our peoples in the face of the generali...
The Catastrophic International Consequences of the Capitulation of Syriza and the Criminal Responsibility of Mr. Tsipras
Mitralias, Yorgos
Article
2015
Syriza's betrayal comes at a very critical historical moment, when the racist extreme right is advancing almost everywhere in our continent, which already makes immediate and direct the threat that ma...
The challenge of Podemos
Barriere, Manel: Durgan, Andy; Robson, Sam
Article
2015
The emergence of so-called populist parties as a response to increasingly discredited political elites is a European-wide phenomenon. In most cases these parties have emerged on the right, if not the ...
Chavez calls for new international organisation of left parties
Janicke, Kiraz
Article
2009
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez calls for the formation of a "Fifth International" of left parties and social movements to confront the challenge posed by the global crisis of capitalism.
A comment on Greece and Syriza
Seymour, Richard
Article
2012
This analysis is a rebuke to the notion that there is nothing between the far left and social democracy. That diagnosis may have been appropriate in the period of revolutionary growth beginning in 196...
Conundrum - Syriza, Democracy And The Death Of A Saudi Tyrant
Article
2015
It's always a tricky moment for the corporate media when a foreign leader dies. The content and tone need to be appropriate, moulded to whether that leader fell into line with Western policies or not.
The elites hate Momentum and the Corbynites - and I'll tell you why : The movement that backed the Labour leader challenges MPs and journalists alike -- because it's about grassroots democracy
Graeber, David
Article
2016
As the rolling catastrophe of what's already being called the "chicken coup" against the Labour leadership winds down, pretty much all the commentary has focused on the personal qualities, real or ima...
The Facts Proving Corbyn's Election Triumph
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2017
Corbyn has proved himself the most popular Labour leader with the electorate in more than 40 years, apart from Blair’s landslide victory in 1997.
The Failed Strategy
Tietze, Tad
Article
2015
The failure of Syriza in Greece, and the timidness of other left-social-democratic parties and formations tells us that we must learn the dangers of political shortcut and focus on building radical mo...
The Green Party After the Election
Hawkins, Howie
Article
2017
Until the Green Party has built a real power base of well-organized, dues-paying members and elected Green caucuses in city councils, state legislatures and the U.S. House, it will not be taken seriou...
Inside Corbyn's Office: An interview with Matt Zarb-Cousin
Shanly, Max
Article
2017
Jeremy Corbyn’s former press officer on sabotage within the British Labour party, his relationship to the media, and how Labour can close the polling gap.
A Leap Toward Radical Politics?
The Bullet
Article
2016
The Leap Manifesto is, in a way, Canada's version of the burst of Left and socialist energies that have come with the Bernie Sanders campaign in the Democratic Party in the U.S. and the Jeremy Corbyn ...
Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today
Blackledge, Paul
Article
2017
The recent calls for the British left either to “reclaim Labour” (Len McCluskey) or to build a new party capable of emulating Syriza’s successes in Greece (Ken Loach) demand serious consideration on t...
Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today
Blackledge, Paul
Article
2013
Blackledge claims that, while it is of the first importance that revolutionaries welcome and work alongside these coalitions, it is also imperative that we maintain our political independence from the...
Die Linke: Ten Years On
Balhorn, Loren
Article
2016
Political organizations, particularly those committed to radical change, face their greatest tests in times of crisis. In 1914, German social democracy, the international socialist movement’s crown je...
Marxist Theories of the State Played out in Venezuela
Ellner, Steve
Article
2017
The implications of Marxist state theories developed by Nicos Poulantzas and Ralph Miliband are useful for framing issues related to leftist strategy in twenty-first century Venezuela.
Of Hegel and Bernie Sanders
McNally, David
Article
2017
My concern is not with Bernie Sanders (basically a New Deal liberal) but with the social dynamics of the Sanders phenomenon. What is going on when we see a surge of mass support for someone who ident...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - August 21, 2015: Canadian federal election, mining and the environment
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Featuring the Canadian federal election, mining and the environment, failure of Syriza in Greece, refugees, veterans of India's struggle for independence.
Our 10 pledges to rebuild and transform Britain
Article
2016
Jeremy Corbyn - 10 Pledges to Rebuild and Transforme Britain: Full employment and an economy that works for all; A secure homes guarantee; Security at work; Secure our NHS and social care; A national ...
Podemos, Catalonia and the workers' movement in the Spanish state
Sierra, Hector
Article
2017
Following a long period of electoral upheaval and failure of the left, it is argued that the two key areas where the Spanish ruling class could have been confronted was through the workers' movement a...
Poisoned Fruits of Austerity
Editors
Article
2015
The most dramatic advance of the far right is that of the National Front in France. It is not unusual that such forces prosper, with some working-class support, in the absence of well-articulated prog...
The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie.
Pilger, John
Article
2015
According to John Pilger, the leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind - but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberal...
The Problem of the Democratic Opposition Organization
Sinclair, Stewart
Article
2010
The basis for this proposal is an attempt to address the classic dilemma of the broad democratic opposition. In summary it is the need for a competent professional cadre to implement the changes neede...
Prospects for an Alt-Left
Murphy, Elliot
Article
2016
Examining the limitations and issues with prevalent approaches of younger progressives and how a more effective 'alt-left' movement might be formed.
Reassessing Podemos
Brown, Andy
Article
2016
Podemos has come an immense distance in a very short time. It represents a clear choice by millions of people in the Spanish state to vote against corruption, institutionalised greed and contempt for ...
Social Democracy or Revolutionary Democracy: Syriza and Us
Lebowitz, Michael A.
Article
2015
Lebowitz discusses the construction of Syriza, its Thessaloniki Programme, and the potential for revolutionary democracy in Greece.
Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show -- the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win
Nichols, Dick
Article
2015
Once the results of Spain’s May 24, 2015, local and regional elections became known the main lesson for the anti-austerity and anti-capitalist left was simply and starkly obvious: the more united and ...
Spain on Edge
Iglesias, Pable
Article
2015
An interview with Podemos spokesperson Pable Iglesias.
Syriza and the crisis
Garganas, Panos
Article
2015
Interview with Garganas Panos about the election victory of Syriza (the Coalition of the Radical Left) in Greece.
The Syriza Dilemma: What would constructive pressure on the Syriza government look like?
Gindin, Sam; Panitch, Leo
Article
2015
The radical Syriza government was elected in January 2015 based on its promise to try to bargain a better deal than the severe neoliberal austerity imposed through the memoranda signed by previous gov...
Syriza and Sanders: "Just Say 'No'" to Neo-liberalism
Rectenwald, Michael
Article
2015
Hopes for Syriza's negotiations with the banking troika in the EU simmered and even boiled over among elements of the left, especially after the vaunted "No" referendum vote suggested that the Greeks ...
The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left
Sheehan, Helena
Book
2016
An account of the rise and fall of the Greek left party Syriza.
The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left - Book review
Stauber, Peter
Article
2017
A book review of The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left by author Helena Sheehan.
SYRIZA's 40-point program
Article
2015
Here is the official program of the Greek coalition of the radical left, SYRIZA, which won the elections of January 2015.
Time for an Independent Party
Hawkins, Howie
Article
2016
More than in most presidential cycles, there is reason to hope for a mass breakaway in 2016. Sanders' campaign has revealed that a mass base exists now for an independent party of the left.
Victory in Stagnation?
Bergfeld, Mark; Fischer, Leandros
Article
2017
An analysis of the direction of the German left party, Die Linke, in the wake of the 2017 national elections.
What can the Corbynistas learn from Syriza?
Unkovski-Korica, Vladimir
Article
2017
As a Corbyn government seems more and more likely, there are clear lessons to be drawn from the Greek experience.
What Die Linke Should Do
Riexinger, Bernd
Article
2016
The German right made stunning gains in this month's regional elections. The Left must rise to the challenge.
What is Going On in Spain?: The End of an Era and the Beginning of Podemos
Navarro Vicente
Article
2015
Something is happening in Spain. A party that did not exist one year ago, Podemos, with a clear left-wing program, would win a sufficient number of votes to gain a majority in Spanish Parliament if an...
Why Corbyn so terrifies the liberal elite
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
Most Labour MPs would rather destroy their own party than let Jeremy Corbyn and his backers make it fit for its 21st century purpose.