Fidel Castro passed away this week, bringing to a close an amazing life. Love him or loathe him, Castro and the Cuban revolution’s global impact cannot be denied. For many, the Cuban experiment is proof the US empire can be resisted; proof that another world is possible. Despite being a small, agriculturally based third world… Continue reading Fidel Castro- A Revolution is not a Man
Leftwin is hosting a discussion on building a new politics in Aotearoa. Here is a contribution from Vanessa Arapko. Vanessa is an undergraduate student in University of Auckland majoring in Sociology. She’s involved in organizing and volunteering for various radical groups such as Student Housing Action Group and No Pride in Prisons. Trump’s victory reinforced the failure of… Continue reading New Politics- “the post-capitalist future- one determined by our capacity to organize”- Vanessa Arapko
The Greens new interpretation of their immigration policy has generated a lot of discussion on the left, both on this blog and elsewhere. James Shaw’s comments committing the Greens to halve immigration numbers have been controversial. In response, immigration spokesperson Denise Roche has offered a defense of Shaw’s comments saying that “The Green kaupapa on… Continue reading An Uncomfortable conversation- Greens still wrong on immigration.
It looks like everyone in parliament agrees. The four biggest parties have all recently spoken about the need to reduce immigration. Specifically, it has come up in response to problems of unemployment and unaffordable housing. It seems all politicians agree- immigration policy holds the key to these social issues. But politicians have a little secret…… Continue reading What politicians don’t want you to know about immigration…
It never seemed real until this moment. I joked about it happening, I even admitted it was a possibility, but deep down I never truly thought it was possible. Well, it is. Donald Trump, smarmy corporate fat cat, symbol of literally everything we despise and most of the things we fear, will for at least… Continue reading It Never Seemed Real Until This Moment
Last week, eccentric investor Gareth Morgan announced a new political party. Morgan- famous for offering money for kiwis to kill feral cats, has called his new project The Opportunities Party (TOP). TOP is concerned that politicians are unwilling to make real change, and many kiwi’s are lacking the opportunities they may have had in the… Continue reading Opportunities for Who? Gareth Morgan’s New Political Party
Almost everywhere is seems that radical projects are bringing new life into the radical left. Across the world, protest movements have been reborn. Movements like Occupy and other union, community and environmental struggles have brought forth new energy. This has also come together into new political parties and organisations. While each new project faces its… Continue reading New Zealand’s Revolution is coming