Brazil: The Débâcle of the PT 18:31 Mar 30 0 comments
Syriza's Only Choice: A Radical Step Forward 15:13 Mar 11 0 comments
Hard Talk: Syriza's First Weeks in Power in Greece 20:41 Feb 18 0 comments
Some lessons for South Africa's sectarian middle-class lefties 15:14 Dec 05 0 comments
Numsa's United Front: Forward to the Past? 18:46 Dec 01 0 commentsmore >>
Recent articles by CT News Obituary Editor Xavier Massot
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[Vermont, USA] Obiturary for an Underground Newspaper
north america / mexico | the left | news report Monday December 07, 2009 01:21 by CT News Obituary Editor Xavier Massot - Catamount Tavern News Service
Catamount Tavern News R.I.P. 2002-2009
Well folks, this is it: the last article of Catamount Tavern News.
Catamount Tavern News Service, Plainfield, Vermont, November, 2009- Well folks, this is it: the last article of Catamount Tavern News. Get those little plastic bags you keep your rare comic books in and save every back issue you can find, they might be worth something some day! In these desperate economic times you need all the ammo you can get your hands on. Ahh, the last issue, and I don’t have to write about Michael Jackson or Ted Kennedy which is good because I think I would have quit. What to say though? Reminisce about the good old days? No. Talk about Vermont stuff? Bah. Healthcare? Oh no. I always thought this thing should have been a drug, ammo, happy music trash, a cartoon good-time magazine, but that would have entailed too much leg work and perhaps legal fees. Maybe more could have been done is what I’m saying.
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Organizing for America and the “Enthusiasm Gap” 19:50 Wed 06 Oct 0 comments
WASHINGTON — Democrats desperately need other Democrats – to vote. – Liz Sidoti, of the Huffington Post
Hundreds arrested, beaten and tear gassed as police repress protest at Toronto G20 17:30 Tue 29 Jun 1 comments
At least 600 arrests took place at the G20 summit in Toronto as police used considerable force to break up protests. Media reports& video (below) indicate that many of the beaten were journalists covering the protest. The G20 was meeting to co-ordinate further attacks on the global working class. This is what the coded statements from the G20 about 'austerity budgets' and 'cutting deficits' will mean in practice. This despite the "risk that synchronised fiscal adjustment across several major economies could adversely impact the recovery" acknowledged in the final G20 communique. [Italiano]
Vermont elects America's first socialist senator 17:39 Thu 09 Nov 5 comments
Amidst the Democratic mid-term election victories on November 8th, an independent won the Senate race in Vermont. What is significant is that he is a self-proclaimed socialist and so the first socialist senator in US history. The previous best result in a Senate race by a socialist was in 1930 when Emil Seidel won 6% of the vote.
Marcos on the Plan for the zapatista departure 08:14 Mon 19 Sep 0 comments
zapatistas open the other campaign
No Vote Counts: Avoiding the Trappings of Democratic Socialism Nov 21 0 comments
As we engage in larger social movements, it can be easy to lose sight of our endgame and essentially function as a type of "social democrat." Here are some key reasons and methods for avoiding this, as well as countering the progressive election logic during voting season.
Power to the People, Not Politicians! Nov 05 0 comments
Campaigns teach by more than what is in their written programs. Even if the campaign was more explicitly radical, functionally it is teaching people that social change comes about through electing better politicians. The campaign has all the features of a mainstream election effort – adoration of a single personality, exaggeration of his “leadership”, meaningless pledges to “get results for you”. This is an elitist approach that reinforces the passivity of people by making someone else the “leader” who gets things done, instead of arguing for all of us to take control over our own lives. The activists and community members who have dived into the Ty Moore campaign are not prioritizing organizing one-on-ones to plan direct actions at work, at school, or in their neighborhoods, or discussing and debating how to replace the racist police with community militias or how narrow gender-roles stifle our humanity or how to build rank & file power against the union bureaucracy. They are rallying around “our guy” and training people to fundraise and to get out the vote. This is the main lesson that participants in the campaign are gaining: How to participate in this unjust system.
From Theory to Practice, Taking a Critical Look at Leninism Mar 17 0 comments
This is a piece we’re sharing originally posted to Machete 408 by Adam Weaver. It is a review/summation piece is being released in conjunction with a forthcoming piece by Scott Nappolas which presents an extensive discussion of Lenin’s concept of democratic centralism.
Democratic Centralism in Practice and Idea: A critical evaluation Mar 17 0 comments
The terrain is changing beneath our feet. Since the collapse of the majority of the “official communist” regimes, the world has witnessed both events and ideas that have undermined the former dominant thinking within the left. The Zapatistas, Argentina in 2001, South Korean workers movements, Oaxaca in 2006, the struggles around anti-globalization, and Greece’s series of insurrectionary moments have increasingly presented challenges to traditional left answers to movements and organization. In previous eras Marxist-Leninism was the nexus which all currents by default had to respond to either in agreement or critique. Today, increasingly anarchist practices and theory have come to play this role.
Can Campaign Finance Reform Save Us? Feb 22 0 comments
Will "getting the money out of politics" really "get the money out of politics"?more >>
May Day In Vermont-Put People and The Planet First! Apr 30 Vermont Sierra Club 0 comments
On May Day, 2012, march as a Popular Front in Montpelier, Vermont in support of:
[Vermont, USA] Stop The Press! Dec 07 2 comments
The Montpelier based Catamount Tavern News, Vermont’s only union affiliated newspaper, has decided to shutdown the presses
EZLN reveal details of new strategy Jul 19 EZLN 0 comments
The EZLN has announced the end of the Red Alert due to the end of the consulta and the announcement of the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona. This set of communiques includes the re-opening of the Caracoles and details of the "Sixth Committee" which is to meet with people or organizations who do not participate in elections to form 'the other campaign'. Meetings will then be held in Chiapas of various sectors with the aim of issuing a common statement agreed by all on September 16.
Upping the Anti editorial statement Apr 18 Upping the Anti 0 comments
Editoral statement of new Candian publication called 'Upping the Anti' published by the Autonomy & Solidarity website which "is an on-line network for anti-capitalists who believe that revolutionary transformation will come from workers and oppressed people self-organizing from below and not from the top down organizing of any state, party or union bureaucracy"