Analysis: The empire strikes back in Ecuador, and what it means for Scotland
The mass movement for sovereignty in Ecuador speaks to key problems facing democracy in the modern world
TWENTY years after protestors in London and Seattle took to the streets in opposition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and World Trade Organisation (WTO) these institutions are once again attempting to overthrow democratic rule.
Beyond the Noise: Walden Bello on the globalisation of the far right
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
IN this week’s podcast, Jamieson speaks to Walden Bello, one of the most prolific and articulate voices critiquing capitalism and globalisation in recent decades, and the author of three new books exploring the crisis of globalisation, the rise of the far right and the consequences of the Chinese model for the global system.
Analysis: Boris Johnson’s Trumpian outrage politics is a trap
The hard right like to disable opponents with outrageous rhetoric while they re-order the political landscape
BORIS JOHNSON has stoked horror on the benches of the re-convened Commons by insulting the memory of murdered MP, Jo Cox.
Instead of subjecting Johnson to a barrage of scrutiny for his illegal prorogation of parliament, the Commons spent its first two days back arguing about inappropriate language.
Robin McAlpine: Welcome to 'Frame Wars' – where powerful people decide what words mean
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that elites have manipulated language in such a way as to obliterate critique of their own political power and control
IT MUST be wonderful to control language, to decide what words are going to mean now. It's the free power to delegitimise, to isolate and marginalise, to close down.