We at Taking Soundings have been debating the merits of joining the Labour Party as a supporter (for £3, or for free if you are part of an affiliated union) in order to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming leadership elections.
If you think it is a good idea, you can become a Labour Supporter for £3 here: http://support.labour.org.uk/ until 10th August.
You can have your say by debating the pros and cons in the comments section below…
This fascinating and detailed assessment of Tony Benn takes us into wider questions of socialist strategy (including Stuart Hall’s differences with Tony Benn). It first appeared on the ILP website (30th May 2014). The article contains interesting observations on the ILP as well. Barry Winter is a stalwart of both the ILP and Taking Soundings. Read the full article here.
Is there a fundamental lack of choice between centre-left and centre-right parties in European party systems? The EUROPP team spoke to Chantal Mouffe on her theory of ‘post-politics’, the need for political parties to offer a real alternative on European integration, and whether populism can have a positive effect on European democracy.
Read more here
Professor Ray Bush gave an inspiring talk to the Taking Soundings group at the time of the Egyptian revolution . . . here is his analysis (2 Aug 2013) of the coup against Morsi’s Islamic government, and the army’s aim to restore a climate suitable for neoliberal capitalism.
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A new campaign has been launched against the massive attack on HE that the government has introduced. Read more here