What do people mean when they talk about democracy? I'm not thinking of historians, politicians or philosophers; just people.
protests in Greece
The link between economics and democratics isn't statistical, it's moral. Yet it can't find real expression through existing political institutions. The solutions can only be new democratic forms.
Canadians owe the people of Greece our solidarity in the face of this overwhelming crisis. We also owe ourselves a detailed understanding of all of this.
It is a truism to say that democracy began with the Greeks -- less so to say that it originated in popular rebellion against debt and debt-bondage.
On Sunday, February 12, 2012, the people of Greece expressed their anger against the terms of the new loan agreement dictated by the EU-ECB-IMF "troika."
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Three campaigners address the question of using civil disobedience against the tar sands and other causes: campaigner Clayton Thomas Muller, organizer Mike Hudema and activist Gary Kinsman.
One politically disempowering aspect of neoliberal capitalism is the mantra that we cannot resist economic forces. Wrong -- collective decision making can trump market forces in a crisis.
Riaz and Ryan discuss the riots in response to austerity in Greece and Britain, the shifting of the NDP to the centre, the expanding war in Libya and the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza.
I was in Athens over the long weekend attending some meetings. Here are some further notes from a beautiful but deeply troubled country.