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Creeping Fascism

Boris Johnson Enables Creeping Fascism: the Labour Left must fight back

If it wasn’t obvious before, it’s crystal clear now: Boris Johnson is a far-right authoritarian leader. He unlawfully suspended parliament to avoid MP’s scrutiny and force the UK to crash out of the European Union without a deal. He’s purged the Conservative Party of ‘moderates’. He has delivered political speeches with uniformed policemen lined up behind him, breaking any facade of police neutrality. He’s even used police to escort sacked Conservative advisors out of Whitehall: for which he must pay damages. And he’s made openly racist, sexist, and homophobic comments. Fascists on the streets are no longer chanting ‘Tommy Robinson’…

Brexit

Defend Democracy: Stop the Coup!

Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament is the latest stage of a right-wing Tory coup that has been unfolding since the Brexit referendum in 2016. The suspension of parliament will presage a calamitous hard Brexit – very likely followed by a general election. In this, Johnson will posture as the person who carried out the Brexit will of the people, as well as advancing an utterly reactionary programme based on being ‘tough’ on crime and fake spending promises. Johnson’s suspension of parliament has revealed the utter cynicism of the Tory leaders. If it suits them, they will trumpet the sovereignty of…

Politics

Corporate Democrats Have Been in the Driver’s Seat for 30 Years. Not Anymore.

Source: In These Times by Branko Marcetic For the past three decades, the Democratic Party has been living with a debilitating trauma that’s left it a shell of what it once was. But if Tuesday night’s debate is any indication, the Democrats may finally be moving into the home stretch of a long, painful recovery. Rather than sticking to the longtime script of Democrats pandering to the center, the two highest polling candidates on the stage—Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—articulated a clear-eyed left-wing vision of the direction the party should take. Sanders railed against the “ruling class” while advocating enshrining…

Nuclear

No war on Iran

Kate Hudson writes: As the situation in the Gulf gets more dangerous by the day, responsibility for the escalating crisis has to be laid at the appropriate door. There can be no doubt that the driving force is the long-standing US drive for regime change in Iran. It couldn’t have been clearer in George Bush’s Axis of Evil speech in 2002; now it’s revived with a vengeance by the Trump administration, with John Bolton leading the charge. The latest development involves UK impounding of an Iranian oil tanker, deemed to be breaking EU sanctions on Syria. Now Iran has returned…

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