May 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm (Aesthetics, Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, BBC Leaders Debates, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Coalition Government, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, European Left, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Peaceful Revolution, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Progressive Alliance, Scottish National Party, SNP, The Green Party, UK General Elections 2015)
Tags: Anti-Austerity Movement, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Coalition Government, Democratic Community, Ed Miliband, Edward Snowden, Equality, Europe, European Left, European Union, Family of Nations, Greece, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Peaceful Revolution, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Progressive Alliance, Rebalancing of Power, rebalancing of wealth, Scottish National Party, SNP, The Green Party, UK General Election 2015
The Three Graces of Politics
Faith, Hope and Charity
By James Luchte
Jonathan Jones reminded us recently through “probably a wildly inappropriate pre-feminist art historical reference”, in his article, “Something new is happening in British politics. This image captures it.” (Guardian, 17 April 2015), of the resemblance of the embrace between the party leaders of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales and Green Party, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett and Nicola Sturgeon, respectively and the Three Graces.
The Three Graces are commonly known as faith, hope and charity, but have the tangible meanings of trust, confidence, and love or solidarity,.a symbolism common to many religions and tendencies of thinking.
Indeed, Jonathan’s suggestion is quite apt, and can demonstrate the importance of humanities (crassly cut out of the Coalition’s Tory budget) in the context of political reality. We already know what Burns, Mary and Percy Shelley, Dickens has taught us, and Camus, Joyce, Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas, as contributors to the ethos of a culture which engages in political economic and social questioning from differing perspectives.
This embrace of three progressive leaders, amidst an era of constant crisis, allows us, by coincidence, it would seem, to remember the Three Graces and their significance to the meaning of the New Politics – one of trust, well-being, and social solidarity.
These Graces, or Virtues, in this light, are politically speaking, the characteristics of a healthy society, with some resemblance to Plato’s own tripartite schema in his Republic, and I will consider each of them in turn.
April 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm (BBC Leaders Debates, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, UK Leaders Debate)
Tags: Anti-Austerity Movement, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Coalition Government, Cyru, England, Equality, European Left, Family of Nations, General Election, Scotland, The Party of Wales, United Kingdom
The UK Leaders Debates
The UK Leaders Debates Have Served to Rebalance Political Discourse in the UK and Could Determine the Composition of the Next Government.
As we arrive at the second UK Leaders Debate (Thursday, April 16), there is a recognisable shift in political discourse of the UK. It seems that all the establishment parties are now pandering to the “needs of the people” agenda and are steering away from the “blame the poor” agenda of the far right UKIP.
This seismic shift in UK political discourse was brought about not only by the disintegration of the binary two-party system in the UK, but also by the emergence of viable and credible minority options, such as the Scottish National Party, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales. Their inclusion in the first debate and their obvious success on that night have altered the landscape of the UK irreversibly. I will not burden you with a detailed history, but will try to describe this new landscape.
To read the rest of the essay, please visit Earthquake: The UK Leaders Debate
March 31, 2015 at 1:56 am (Angel Merkel, Anti-Austerity, Bataille, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, China, Chomsky, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, European Democracy, European Union, Germany, IMF, NATO, Podemos, Syriza)
Tags: America, American Hegemony, Angela Merkel, Anti-Austerity Movement, European Democracy, European Left, European Sovereignty, Germany, Hegemon, IMF, NATO, Neo-Liberalism, Spiegel, The Fourth Reich
Published 8 April 2015 in Daily Wales: News for a Sovereign Nation
The Fourth Reich
American Hegemony and the Question of European Democracy
Europe is an invalid who owes her best thanks to her incurability and the eternal transformations of her sufferings; these constant new situations, these equally constant new dangers, pains, and make-shifts, have at last generated an intellectual sensitiveness which is almost equal to genius, and is in any case the mother of all genius.
Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Book 1, Section 24 
In a recent article in Spiegel, “The Fourth Reich: What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany” , attributed to Spiegel Staff (Nikolaus Blome, Sven Böll, Katrin Kuntz, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Walter Mayr, Mathieu von Rohr, Christoph Scheuermann, Christoph Schult), a stunning admission was repeated, in which Angela Merkel laments, defiantly, ‘I am rather alone in the EU, but I don’t care. I am right.’ The article claims her lament was shared with ‘a small group of advisers during a discussion about the role of the IMF.’ The article continues: ‘Later, she said: “We are in Europe what the Americans are in the world: the unloved leading power.”’
The article offers context for the current situation of Europe, arising at the end of WWII:
After the end of the Third Reich, German dominance on the Continent appeared to have been rendered an impossibility for all time. West Germany and East Germany both were initially tentative states that more or less willingly subordinated themselves to their big brothers, the US and the Soviet Union. They ceded to the dominance of others.
The rehearsal of the historical context of the current situation culminates in the fateful question: ‘Which is why the “German question” has returned. Is the new Germany too big and powerful for the other European countries or is it too small and hesitant?’
To read the rest, please visit The Fourth Reich: American Hegemony and the Question of European Democracy
March 26, 2015 at 2:19 am (Anti-Austerity, British Imperialism, Ceri Evans, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Dysfunctional Family, European Union, Failed State, Family of Nations, Human Rights, National Liberation, Raymond Williams)
Tags: alienation, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Bataille, Ceri Evans, Coalition Government, Democratic Community, Equality, Raymond Williams, Whispers of a Forgotten Nation: The Writings of Dr D. Ceri Evans
James Luchte asks what the purpose of a ‘family of nations’ should be. If it is not fit for purpose to nurture and care for its members, then the British state is a failed and dysfunctional family and should be dismantled.
February 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm (Adorno, Anti-Austerity, Banks, Bataille, BBC Leaders Debates, Cameron, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Chomsky, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Diversity, Equality, Equality Act 2010, Europe, European Union, General Election 2015, Greece, Hung Parliament, Inclusion, philosophy, Scotland, Syriza, Wales, Wales and the European Union)
Tags: alt ctrl delete, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, James Luchte, Planet Magazine
February 19, 2015 at 2:54 am (Anti-Austerity, Banks, Bataille, BBC Leaders Debates, Cameron, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Europe, European Central Bank, European Commission, European Union, Finance Capitalism, freedom, Greece, Greek philosophy, IMF, NATO, Occupy Democracy, Occupy London, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Poetry, Scotland, Syriza, Thrasymachus, Troika, Wales, Wales and the European Union)
Tags: democracy, Drop the Debt, ECB, European Commision, Greece, IMF, Let Greece Breathe, NATO, Syriza, Troika
February 8, 2015 at 5:16 am (Adorno, Aesthetics, Anti-Austerity, Banks, Bataille, BBC Leaders Debates, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Captivation, China, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Diogenes, Diversity, Dylan Thomas, Equality, European Union, Financial Crisis, General Election 2015, Greece, Greek philosophy, Green Politics, Hung Parliament, Inclusion, Innovation, New Left, Nietzsche, Occupy Britain, Open Rights, Poetry, Scotland, Squatting, Sustainability, Thrasymachus, UK General Elections 2015, Wales, Wales and the European Union)
Tags: Greece Solidarity Campaign, Mass Demonstration in Support of Syria and the Greek People 15 February 2015, Syriza, Syriza London
Athens Without Slavery:
The Battle for Europe
Syriza the the New European Left
‘First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin’ – Leonard Cohen
‘First We Take Athens, Then We Take Madrid’ – Syriza with Podemos
‘First We Take Athens, Then We Take London’ – Anti-Austerity UK
‘A Spectre is Haunting Europe…’ – Karl Marx
European Democracy and the Limits of American Hegemony
A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Greek democracy.
We have been here before in Greece, of course… at least four times.
First, there is the celebrated original emergence of democracy millennia ago; second, the Greek War of Liberation from the Turks (1821-1832), immortalised by the poet Bryron; third, the attempt by Leftist partisan organisations (EAM, KKE, ELAS) to form a Provisional Government in 1946 (in the stead of the Right-Monarchist government, returned from exile, and elected in 1946 in elections which the Left had boycotted), but defeated by the intervention of the United States and the United Kingdom, thus beginning the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), which ended with thousands of deaths and Greek membership of NATO; and fourth, the re-emergence of democracy in 1974 after the fall of the US backed military junta installed in the 1967 pre-elections coup d’etat, the so-called ‘General’s Coup’, eventually replaced by the government of exiled Constantine Karamanlis, which put the monarchy up for a referendum, and with its rejection by the people, negotiated a new presidential constitution, and inaugurated the Greek Republic in 1975.
And, now, fifth, with the people’s mandate, Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, has taken power in Athens – not ironically with the help or participation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), who were re-legalised in 1974 – promising the people of Greece not only the ‘end of austerity’, privatisation, unfair strike laws, among other transformations, but also, and more fundamentally, the end to the system of oligarchy, propped up by seventy years of external intervention and centrist-conservative governance (New Democracy or PASOK).
Indeed, as we have repeatedly seen in recent modern and contemporary histories, democracy, the vote, the pebble (psḗphos) of the people does not often seem sufficient to challenge the hegemonic narrative of the victor of the war of Europe, the United States.
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