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Signs of Hope – A continuing series December 6, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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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?

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1. tafkaGW - December 6, 2019

800,000 people on the streets of France yesterday to oppose Macron’s stealing from pensioners to give to the rich.

And they’re continuing today.

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Joe - December 6, 2019

Vive la France… en greve!

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2. CL - December 6, 2019

What is to be done?

Interesting piece by Joseph O’Neill in the NYRB.

In New York state:

“After the November election, the Democrats took control of the Senate and, driven by the new intake, implemented a historically progressive legislative agenda: ambitious carbon goals, plastic waste regulations, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, criminal justice reform, voting reform, tenants’ rights protections, new rights for victims of violence and harassment….
a self-appointed, part-time group of political novices, heavily reliant on social media and with only a tiny budget, managed to transform government in a state with a population of almost 20 million and a GDP greater than Russia’s.”
nybooks.com/articles/2019/12/19/no-more-nice-democrats/

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3. tafkaGW - December 8, 2019

I’ve been fairly vocal on drawing conclusions from the direction of travel of the UK polling data, and not the absolute numbers. But have only know seen a convincing explanation of why they may be underestimating the BLP vote drastically:

Let’s hope Dr. Moderate’s analysis is borne out.

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tafkaGW - December 8, 2019

tl;dr conclusion on this further thread – the Tories are ahead by 2.86 points.

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4. tafkaGW - December 9, 2019

What ever happens in the UK general election, the British Labour Manifesto has achieved a concrete presentation of how another quality of economic and political life could be achieved, that doesn’t (contrary to the propaganda) attempt to reproduce simple technocrat-run nationalised industries, but rather ones democratically owned and control. Here is John McDonnell’s proposal for industries answerable to people’s assemblies:

In our first 100 days we will start the process of bringing water and energy into public ownership. We’ll set up boards to run these utilities made up of you, the customer, and you, the worker, as well as representatives from local councils, metro mayors and others.

We’ll make sure decisions are taken locally by those who understand the services – those who use them and deliver them.

Meetings will be public and streamed online, with new transparency regulations set higher than ever before, so you can see if your road is being dug up, why, and for how long. And we’ll create new people’s assemblies to give everyone the option of participating in how their utilities are run.

This is progress from the purely workerist models, alowing users and carers who use services as well as workers to be part of the steering body. Clearly there’s a need for trades unions on the the day-to-day board along with technocrats, but the political direction of an service – and service provision always involves political decisions about resourcing etc. – should be open and democratic.

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