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  • 16th Annual Globalisation School

    ‘Power & Class in a changing South Africa and World’ - speaks directly to the specific challenges as well as opportunities that presently face workers and the poor as well as those in progressive civil society organisations, both individually and collectively.

  • ILRIG 15th Annual Globalisation School

  • Is globalisation finished?

    The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States crystallised fears among sections of the financial elite that the world economy was beginning to spin towards a new era of protectionism. During his campaign Trump used rhetoric that echoed right-wing populist parties elsewhere in the developed world. In its most virulent form, trade protectionism was conjoined with anti-immigrant discourse aimed at Mexicans and other Latinos “south of the border”. The message was designed to appeal to workers disaffected and distanced from the neoliberal elite whose free trade policies had supposedly caused job losses as employers sought cheaper labour abroad. The message worked for Trump, as the Democrats had no place to hide from the suggestion that they were to blame. 

     

  • The people, the party and the state: A critical left perspective on the Venezuelan crisis

    https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2019-03-18-the-people-the-party-and-the-state-a-critical-left-perspective-on-the-venezuelan-crisis/

     

    South African and international lefties and progressives are right to condemn the imperialist manoeuvring of the US and defend the right of the Venezuelan people to decide their own political and economic future. However, the mistakes of the past should not be repeated, such as those in the case of Mugabe/ZANU-PF’s Zimbabwe, Ortega/Sandinista’s Nicaragua, Dos Santos/MPLA’s Angola or indeed, the ANC’s South Africa.  

    The roots of the present political and socio-economic crisis in Venezuela are multi-pronged. 1 

    They are not, as much of the South African left and the ANC-run government would have it, simply to be found in the long history of imperialist geopolitics and right-wing capitalist rule that preceded the rise to political power of the late Hugo Chavez in 1998 and the pursuit of his accompanying “Bolivarian revolution”.

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