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Adapting Social Democratic Parties to the Facebook Age

By Neal Lawson

 

 

Form follows function. What are social democratic party’s for and therefore how should they be structured? In the era of what we could call social democracy 1.0 when unions were big, production was bigger and the state and power heavily centralized the goal was the administration of power from the top down. War socialism meant an elite and hierarchical form.

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Economic and climate crisis: interlinked problems and solutions

By Andrew Watt

 

The Guardian reports as yet unpublished figures from the International Energy Agency showing a record annual increase in CO2 emissions and a record absolute level in 2010. Climate experts warn that the agreed goal of keeping climate change within 2 degrees is rapidly becoming unattainable.

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Choosing the IMF’s Next Leader

By Joseph Stiglitz

Sooner than expected, the International Monetary Fund will have a new managing director. For more than a decade, I have criticized the Fund’s governance, symbolized by the way its leader is chosen. By gentlemen’s agreement among the majority shareholders – the G-8 – the managing director is to be a European, with Americans in the number two post and at the head of the World Bank.

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Why was the Left trapped into Multiculturalism?

By Rene Cuperus

When and why has the left become so culturalist, stressing essentialist notions of identity and the value of frozen group cultures? How come that the left, which was always in the egalitarian-equality business, have become so obsessed with difference, diversity and cultural inequalities? How is it possible that progressive liberals, who are ethical individualists, turn up in the corner of defending collective rights and solid group identities?

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The Job of Political Parties – Transforming Society in a Changing World

By Milos Pick

In recent decades, the main long-term trends in world development have intersected.

Since the 1970s, the gradual suppression of the previous post-war reforms has led to the restoration of extremely deregulated capitalism (the Washington Consensus) and its global, neo-colonial expansion (the unipolar world). This has resulted in the extreme polarization of income and wealth and poverty verging on a genocidal scale (in the poorest countries), the depletion of extensive sources of further sustainable development, constrained natural population growth in developed countries combined with overpopulation in developing countries, and in particular the excessive depletion of scarce natural resources and environmental degradation. Capital exploits not only labour, but also, increasingly, nature.

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School-Based Reforestation to Combat Climate Change

by Allison Anderson

Approximately a third of the Earth’s land mass is covered by forest, which supports water protection and80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity. Forests are not only ecological assets, but they also sustain economic growth by providing timber and non-timber consumptive goods and livelihoods for approximately one-fourth of the world’s population. In 2004, trade in forest products was estimated at$327 billion. Therefore, uncontrolled deforestation has devastating consequences for the environment and the global economy.

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Basel III: business as usual for bankers

by Carne Ross

Successful lobbying – or blackmailing – by banks means that financial regulation to prevent another crash is too weak to work

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The World Order in 2050: Global Convergence toward the Middle Class Society

By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal

Since World War II, it is plain to see that a high degree of convergence has occurred all over the world around the institutions and practices of political democracy and economy.

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Major International Leaders Plead for the US and the World to Get Smart and Stop the War on Drugs

The Commission on Drug Policy urged a shift from incarceration to consideration of a full range of alternatives, from decriminalization to legalization and regulation.
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10 Steps to Defeat the Corporatocracy

By Bruce E. Levine

The only way to overcome the power of money is regain our courage and solidarity. Here's how to do that.

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