International, United States

Obama? Stein? It’s decision time

Posted on November 5, 2012 by | 10 Comments

Every four years, radicals in America face a dilemma. Should they vote Democrat to keep out the Republican? Or should they vote for a candidate who offers change? (some, of course, don’t believe in voting – but this presents less of a dilemma). In some elections, this isn’t a very tough choice: often there isn’t [...]

Fellow Britons: Help me re-elect President Obama

Posted on November 4, 2012 by | No Comments

Most of us can’t afford to cross an ocean to knock on doors, we certainly can’t vote, and unlike multinational corporations, overseas citizens cannot donate to US political campaigns. But we can make phone calls. Lots and lots of phone calls.

Past Occupations: What’s going on with Occupy in the US?

Posted on July 30, 2012 by | No Comments

In Madison, Wisconsin, you can’t avoid politics. The graffiti outside the state Capitol Building, the snatches of overheard discussions in the bars, and the commemorative cards at the radical bookstore all relate to one thing: the events that have unfolded since the rebellion of March 2011. Against the backdrop of events in Tunisia and Egypt, [...]

Scott Walker vs Ed Miliband – lessons from Wisconsin

Posted on June 6, 2012 by | 5 Comments

The analogy is obvious. I suppose it isn’t surprising: when an official opposition is visionless, it is the grassroots who lead. But when it comes to elections, it is still the visionless opposition on the ballot. This morning, we woke up to the news that Scott Walker has clung onto his job in Wisconsin. The [...]

LOLBoris and LOLObama

Posted on May 7, 2012 by | 1 Comment

OK, I’m going to make a clear prediction: Barack Obama is gonna win. I should add that, when Gordon Brown was 10 points down in 2010, I predicted he’d be the next PM: that the disastrous Tory campaign would fail to convince people. When Ken was a mile behind, I was confidently asserting that he [...]

On Newt and Saul

Posted on January 24, 2012 by | 1 Comment

A couple of things have struck me about Newt Gingrich’s string of recent speeches. One is that he speaks in reasonably consistent iambic tetrameter. The other is stranger. Why does he keep talking about Saul Alinsky? I spotted it in his post South Carolina speech and asked about it on twitter. Someone pointed out that [...]

Pissing on the flag

Posted on January 12, 2012 by | 7 Comments

Another day, another scandal involving United States servicemen. This time it’s four marines pissing on the corpses of Taliban fighters they’ve killed. Each time this happens we’re asked to treat it as an isolated case. What we’re expected to believe is that when US troops misbehave it’s captured on camera and everyone knows about it. [...]

Bright Green hero: Senator Bernie Sanders

Posted on December 10, 2011 by | No Comments

Today we celebrate the 1 year anniversary of an eight-and-a-half hour filibuster by independent, socialist US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“Let All Indignados in all the squares join together”: Beginning From the Beginning

Posted on October 5, 2011 by | 1 Comment

The Occupation of Wall Street is entering into it’s third week and things are heating up. The large Transport Workers Union has pledged it’s support, echoing the much-vaunted ‘Teamsters and Turtles’ (Unions and environmentalists) alliance that helped make Seattle so legendary. Similar movements are spreading around the country (see here and here). The first official [...]

Lessons from Libya – Democrats make for effective emperors

Posted on August 31, 2011 by | No Comments

You have to hand it to Obama. The man is a smooth operator. When he got into power, Republicans threw up their hands in horror at the prospect of a leftie peacenick used to ‘palling around with terrorists’ getting his hands on reigns of American power. Nearly four years on, most of the Bush era [...]

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