Here's what we're reading this summer!
The Washington Socialist: Midsummer 2016
One of many responses to the “Brexit” vote, this one from the Irish Times recommended by Dave Richardson: Fintan O’Toole opines that “neither Trump nor the Brexit leaders have ever believed for one moment that any of these promises are real.”
Brit Labour leader Corbyn has been getting flak for his lukewarm support for “remain.” Here “A Greek leftist on why British socialists shouldn’t shy away from rejecting the European Union,” from Jacobin
Paul Krugman with the help of Larry Mishel and EPI unmasks Trump’s duplicitous appeal to workers on trade issues as a screen for an anti-labor, corporatist agenda. Yes, Paul Krugman!
A world without work considered: wasteland, dystopia or….?http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/would-a-world-without-work-be-so-bad/488711/?utm_source=atlfb
After the Brexit vote debacle, Laurie Penny in the New Statesman put the fork in the degraded neofascist sentiments that propelled the “leave” vote … an awesome piece of Brit invective and a critical lesson for US voters who are equally ready to give up on the idea of global community and retreat to our tribal dugout. The ed. sincerely hopes that all our readers will have already seen this in some virally sizzling environment.
Bill Boteler recommends this debate in which “economists Robert Pollin and Peter Victor discuss whether ecological sustainability and economic growth can be achieved simultaneously” in Real News…
The discussion of a universal basic income that would complement the gradual automation of most jobs is given a good airing-out by one of the more imaginative economics columnists around, the NYT’s Eduardo Porter:
Seen via Portside, this Huffpost Politics review by Dean Baker examines an important book on the global aspects of inequality, itself an ebbing and flowing force across national borders.
Cornel West interviewed in Alternet on the direction revolutionary change might tip in the US. Hint: not to the left.
Here’s Naomi Klein in CommonDreams on next steps on environmental activism.
Jacobin founding editor and DSA honorary vice chair Bhaskar Sunkara on the People’s Summit:
States all over the US are failing to implement laws that expand access to voter registration. An article in The American Prospect (via Portside) anatomizes the opportunities that can be pursued with Motor Voter and public assistance registration access requirements, benefiting millions of eligible voters
A profile of the new British PM that appeared in the WaPo on the day she was installed. This women would be a raving radical in US politics, despite her rugged immigration stance – one suspects Obama has deported far more people than she has even dreamed of. The Brits may have lucked out far better than they have deserved for their nativism. Sebastian Mallaby, always a mild social-democratic presence on the WaPo edit board back when it was worthwhile, contributes from Blighty.
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