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Articles from No. 65, Spring

Alliances, Fronts, Parties and Populism
October 2016 was the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, and as part of the commemorations Soundings organised a seminar to discuss how reflecting on popular front politics can help us think about contemporary issues such as populism...
An American Populist in the White House: Opposing Trump Populism Will Require an Alliance Based on Support for Democracy and Greater Economic Justice
The United States is currently embarked upon the most aberrational presidency in the history of the republic. Plenty of past American presidents have done things that sparked off international protests, but no president has ever before provoked mass...
Communism, Democracy and the Left: What Lessons on Democracy and Politics Can We Learn from the History of Communism?
There is currently a widespread sense of frustration with contemporary forms and practices of democracy, a sense that they are in crisis. Recently this frustration has most frequently found its expression in support for the populist right. Trump won...
Conjunctural Analysis and the Crisis of Ideas: This Is a Framing Statement for a New Soundings Series on Critical Terms for Left Strategy
There seem to be few certainties in contemporary western politics, and the available resources for understanding the tumult of current events have time and again proved themselves to be inadequate. This is a time of crisis across the political spectrum....
Hegemonies Are Not Totalities! Repoliticising Poverty as a Site of Resistance
As part of a continuing occasional series from writers who have been influenced and inspired by Doreen Massey, particularly within political geography, Victoria Lawson, drawing on her work with Sarah Elwood on relational poverty, discusses how Doreen's...
Memories of Doreen Massey
When Doreen died in spring 2016 it was a huge shock to all of us. As the raw emotion faded into a more settled form of grief, we began to think of our own ways to remember Doreen amongst the other tributes and events held to celebrate her life. For...
Pathways to Sharing
Stewart Lansley, A Sharing Economy: How social wealth funds can reduce inequality and help balance the books, Policy Press 2016 Around 2010 the 'sharing economy' became an umbrella term describing a broad range of emerging economic practices that,...
Poems: Thunder Raining Poison
Thunder raining poison was written in response to an art installation created by Kokatha glass artist Yhonnie Scarce, which marked the beginning of an important and overdue dialogue with the past. Her work was an artistic response to the impact of...
Regional Inequality, Regional Policy and Progressive Regionalism: The Fourth Instalment of the Soundings Futures Series Looks at Regional Policy
Regional inequality has re-emerged as a major political issue in Britain in recent years as the effects of the post-2008 economic crisis and associated austerity measures have exposed stark regional disparities, particularly between London and the...
Stuart Hall and Political Writing: How Stuart Hall Redefined 'The Political'
For many of us Stuart Hall's work has been the gold standard of political writing. Throughout his writing career he pioneered a different way of thinking about politics: in particular he brought about a complete transformation of the meaning of 'the...
Technology and Social Movements
Veronica Barassi, Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism, Routledge 2015 On the heels of the global economic crisis of 2008-9, a wave of political resistance emerged that challenged oppressive power structures while rekindling...
The Populist Era: Today's Central Political Demand Is the Self-Determination and Protection of Territorial Communities Amidst the Chaos of a Failing Neoliberal Globalisation
Since the Brexit vote and Trump's election as president of the US, it has become ever more clear that we are standing at a historical crossroads--one of those once-in-a-generation moments in which, in Hegel's words, 'the gradual crumbling' of the established...
The Populist Wave
One of the focuses of this issue is the rise of populism, and the question of how it might be embraced by the left--if indeed it should. This is clearly an important issue in a political terrain marked by Trump and Brexit. But the left also has...
The Problem of the Rich
Andrew Sayer, Why We Can't Afford The Rich, Policy Press 2014 In 1969, Martin Nicolaus delivered a rousing speech to the annual conference of the American Sociological Association, in which he lambasted his colleagues for taking government money...
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