Leo Panitch: I Think I’m a Marxist, Parts 1-4

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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The Radical Ferment of Winnipeg’s Jewish Socialist Politics – Leo Panitch on RAI (1/4)

TheRealNews on Mar 5, 2018

On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Leo Panitch talks about the political culture of his family, shaped in Winnipeg’s radical Jewish community before and after World War Two; Labor Zionists, Social Democrats and Communists debated and organized within the Jewish working class movement – with host Paul Jay. Continue reading

Industrializing Class War by William Bowles

George Orwell's 1984

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
February 3, 2018

Have you noticed that it’s no longer PC Dixon of Dock Green who mediates the relationship between the state and its citizens as he goes about his beat in your neighbourhood? Instead, it’s a Kevlar-armoured, video-monitored, taser-equipped, drone-surveilled, spit-masked supplied soldier, straight out of Star Wars, who now staggers along under the weight of an industrialized capitalism, visibly physically disconnected from the citizens they monitor by their bullet-proof uniforms, that more resemble a rack of tools in your local hardware store than the Bobby on the beat.

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Saint Corbyn? by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn - Caricature

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 25, 2018

It’s interesting reading comments on the essays I write that get published around the world on various websites (at least those that permit comments) regarding Jeremy Corbyn.

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The End Of The Road For Capitalism Or For Us All? by William Bowles

Make Capitalism Extinct

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 16, 2018

“…we have the certainty that matter remains eternally the same in all its transformations, that none of its attributes can ever be lost, and therefore, also, that with the same iron necessity that it will exterminate on the earth its highest creation, the thinking mind, it must somewhere else and at another time again produce it”. — Frederick Engels, from the introduction to ‘The Dialectics of Nature’, 1883

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The Rising Of Britain’s ‘New Politics’ by John Pilger

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Oct. 6, 2017
October 7, 2017

Delegates to the recent Labour Party conference in the English seaside town of Brighton seemed not to notice a video playing in the main entrance. The world’s third biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, supplier to Saudi Arabia, was promoting its guns, bombs, missiles, naval ships and fighter aircraft.

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Disastrous Capitalism – But is a Labour Government the Solution? by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
July 16, 2017

Class War

Consider the Grenfell Tower inferno as an expression of a new kind of class war, but not a class war as we have known it–between organised workers, political parties and capital–but between ordinary citizens and the local fiefdoms of the capitalist state as increasingly, big business has taken over the running of what’s left of our public and collective life, through ‘outsourcing’, public-private-partnerships and what have you, where making a profit is the bottom line, not serving the public.[1]

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To the Barricades Comrades? by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti, Camden

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 16, 2017

“From nowhere, a grassroots power base of [60,000] left-wing activists overturned Blair’s 20-year “New Labour” project, which took the party into the Clintonite center ground, and ultimately to three straight general election victories, No.10 Downing Street, and government. As the leader of Britain’s main opposition, Corbyn is technically the next prime minister in waiting. This is not a trivial achievement.

“It has left his party’s establishment stunned.” –  ‘Momentum: The Inside story of how Corbyn took control of the Labour Party‘, Business Insider, March 3, 2016

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Should I Vote For Corbyn? I Mean Labour? By William Bowles + Tariq Ali: Election Time in Britain + Tasting the Bitter Pill of History by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti, Camden

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Updated: June 8, 2017

by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 7, 2017

And after all the bad things I’ve said about Corbyn (here, here and here) you would think asking the question was redundant, but is it? Should I vote for Corbyn/Labour Party or perhaps abstain? What is at stake here, aside from Corbyn’s political future (and perhaps the future of the Labour Party itself)? He is after all, almost at retirement age and thrust into a position that he never asked for in the first place. Had he been ten or twenty years younger I seriously doubt whether he would have accepted the position.

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The Differences Between the Conservatives and Labour are Defined and Stark by Graham Peebles

#juniordoctorsstrike Jeremy Corbyn

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 1, 2017

After 20-plus years of being lost in the muddy centre ground of British politics, the Labour party now stands tall again as the party of social democracy, rooted in values of social justice, participation and unity. Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is offering a positive message of hope at the coming UK election and presents a real alternative to the Conservatives.

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Why Would Anyone Vote Conservative in the UK Election? by Graham Peebles

Protesters

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 26, 2017

Consistent with 21st century politics the announcement on 18th April of a general election by Prime Minister Theresa May was a cynical move based purely on self-interest. The ‘snap election’ to be held on 8th June contravenes the fixed parliament act of 2011, which introduced fixed term elections (every five years) for the first time.

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Britain’s Corbyn Bravely Makes the Case for Socialism by Finian Cunningham + Corbyn on Labour’s Defence and Foreign Policy Priorities

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, speaking outside Iraq inquiry, London, Blair inside

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
May 15, 2017

As Britons go to a general election next month, the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has set out its manifesto offering the electorate a clear choice for socialism.

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Seven Days in June by William Bowles

BREXIT Leave

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 30, 2016

It’s very rare that you see the ruling elite totally at a loss for words: but they were. Gobsmacked and stunned would be accurate descriptions of the look on the political class’s collective face on the morning of June 24, 2016.

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Corbyn’s Jobs For The Boys by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn - Caricature

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
September 28, 2015

So socialist Jeremy Corbyn, after pressure from the trade union boys who bankroll him, agreed not to make Trident an issue. After all, making nuclear missiles and the submarines that carry them, are jobs for the boys. Continue reading

Could A Reborn Labour Party Lead To A New Call For An End To The Madness Of Capitalism? by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, speaking outside Iraq inquiry, London, Blair inside

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
September 20, 2015

I ended my last piece with this:

But assuming JC [Jeremy Corbyn] makes all the right calls, could it, a reborn Labour Party lead to a new call for an end to the madness of capitalism and exactly 130 years after Morris made his plea?

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Corbyn’s Dilemma by William Bowles

Protesting Osborne's Budget - Jeremy Corbyn - 3

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
September 18, 2015, revised Sept. 19, 2015

‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions.’

I’m really torn writing this, for on the one hand, Jeremy Corbyn’s (JC) sudden materialisation in the midst of a rampant, Victorian-style imperialist England, like Doctor Who landing in the Tardis, it’s difficult  not to join in the euphoria currently sweeping through what’s left of the left in England  (the current Media Lens has an excellent description of this) and bow down before JC, an almost Christ-like apparition right in the middle of the gangster capitalists in Armani suits who rule us.

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