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Signs of Hope – A continuing series October 31, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. tafkaGW - October 31, 2019

I’m feeling strangely hopeful (for me) about the outcome of the UK election. The Labour party could come out in a position to form a government with the SNP. I like to believe the SNP would go for a deal of an indy referendum in exchange for support for implementing Labour’s manifesto at least in England and Wales, after the split.

More optimistic than that I can’t manage – sorry.

The Tories are nervous. Johnson could be a serious liability given election scrutiny. The same goes for his withdrawal deal.

If Labour was forced to include the Lib Dems in a coalition, things would get much more difficult.


2. Lamentreat - November 1, 2019

Idk how much it’s been reported in Ireland, but what is happening in Chile is an amazing mobilization in the face of a neo-liberal government. It suddenly made this instinctive lurch into blundering violent authoritarian repression, sending troops onto the streets, curfews, declaring “war” on protesters etc.

A deep working-class (and some parts of the middle class too) revolutionary culture in the decades prior to Allende, and then the experience of the coup, the brutal years of Pinochet, laid the groundwork for an amazing determined, historically-minded, collective effort of resistance. The president was seriously rocked, he’s made small concessions, a package of spending. Had to cancel various international economic summits there which must have torn his heart. But he has conceded fuck all: someone pointed out that his various concessions cost about 0.3% of GDP, whereas the wealth of all Chilean billionaires (which include the president himself) amounts to 25% of annual GDP.

Of all the videos I saw, this speech made the greatest impression on me. Unfortunately, its subtitles are only in Spanish but it’s an amazing piece of political oratory by a young Chilean singer I had never heard of, holding onto her kid as she gives the speech. You can get a sense of it even if you don’t understand a word. It’s powerful stuff


Lamentreat - November 1, 2019

This is a good brief summary of the overall economic situation in the country:

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WorldbyStorm - November 1, 2019

+1 though I wonde is it a case of so much other news crowding this out?


Lamentreat - November 1, 2019

Yeah, there’s a lot going on – let alone Brexit, Europe, Trump, even just in the rest of S. America in the last couple of weeks you had the Argentinian, Uruguayan, Bolivian elections, all of which went to the left (though U has another round), the demonstrations in Ecuador 2-3 weeks ago, again a bloody affair, with r-w govt sending out snipers shooting people down in the street, but ended with capitulation by the r-w govt. First thing the Argentinian president did on taking office was call for the release of Lula, like direct f-u to Bolsanaro. In Brazil, Bolsanaro’s himself going apeshit on homemade Youtube videos, and his sons threatening a coup, because there is the first concrete circumstantial evidence connecting him to the assassination of a popular left wing politician in 2018. It’s a busy time.


WorldbyStorm - November 1, 2019

That’s a great round up, thanks L


CL - November 1, 2019

DemocracyNow offers fairly good coverage of the worldwide insugency.


3. tafkaGW - November 1, 2019

The sheer maturity of a 16-year old in refusing an award. “The climate does not need an award”. Or a personality cult.

Here are some Parents for Future (Berlin – with subtitles). The movement won’t go away.

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WorldbyStorm - November 1, 2019

Thought that was classy in the best sense of the term


4. CL - November 1, 2019

“US Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke has announced he is ending his campaign.”


WorldbyStorm - November 2, 2019

hahah, yeah, that’s not bad news!


5. Paul Culloty - November 3, 2019

The Basque Country remains the most progressive electoral region in Spain:

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WorldbyStorm - November 3, 2019

How has that come about, and is it a persistent thing, across say decades?

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Joe - November 4, 2019

Much more progressive than other regions of Spain? With a Christian Democratic Party, the PNV, on 32%, way ahead of all others?


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