Next Wave

In #GlobalRevolution on 19 April 2019 at 10:21


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Hello people,

Over three years have gone by, time for a little reality check. What happened in the meantime?
The usual ongoing conflicts. A reactionary surge. Trump. Brexit. Some of it very sad, some of it very entertaining. Often a mixture of both.
All the while I have been playing Cincinnatus in the countryside. I have experienced scorching summers, unpredictable weather patterns, drought, extreme rainfall, local vegetation suffering and dying, local wildlife in retreat and invasive species expanding, especially ticks, mosquitoes, and wolves. It’s not safe to go out into the woods at night.

It was shocking when Trump got elected, and it took quite a long time for me to accept that absurdity was the new normal. But when that coin finally dropped, I almost became nostalgic for the days when normal was still boring. Then I realised there is no normal, we are living the…

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The Catalan Question

In #GlobalRevolution on 29 September 2015 at 11:19


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Dear people,

Spain got another taste of elections this week as Catalonia went to vote. The big issue was independence, and the result was a stalemate. Now, I know that most people don’t really care about national politics, even less about politics in other countries, so I can imagine that local politics in other countries doesn’t really arouse enthusiasm abroad. But Catalan independence really is a big issue in Spain at the moment, so I’ll briefly bring you up to date on what’s happening before trying to analyse what this all means with respect to the democratic revolutionary movement in Spain.

Catalans have been periodically regurgitating their will to break away from Spain over the last few centuries, most recently in the late 19th century, then during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, and lately these past few years. The reasons for the current outbreak are to…

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Note from the Democratic Revolution

In #GlobalRevolution on 11 July 2015 at 16:47


Dear people,

A little catch-up in short. During the last two elections, the political establishment of Spain has been rocked by candidates that have their roots in the indignado movement. First the European elections in 2014, where Pablo Iglesias and Podemos Party took eight percent of the vote, and lately in the municipal elections where local citizen’s platforms won the town hall in Madrid, Barcelona and other major cities.

Next up is the general election in November. In the streets, for years now, a heterogeneous mass has shouted “Yes we can”, and the latest electoral results have given them reason enough to believe that it will indeed be possible to enter parliament, peacefully, and bring democracy back to the people.

At the next elections, those people have Podemos and Pablo Iglesias to vote for. Many people will, some of them will do so for lack of better, and many will…

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