Owen Jones says Prepare for the Fury of the Staus Quo | Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership | Owen Jones talks…


So at this point, after the vote closed at midday today, it’s pretty much a given that Corbyn’s got it. Which is great! In my opinion it’s about time we had a straight-talking community-minded progressive in the house, with people-power, too.

But champion of the left-wing youth Owen Jones knows that this is only the beginning, and is here to give the faithful a heads-up for the impending shit-storm that’s brewing amongst the rank that lives inside the box. So pay attention and brace yourself – it’s surely gonna get worse before it gets better.

On a related note – can someone please explain to me why the main argument the centre-right has against Corbyn is that he’s unelectable? The man’s on track to win the leadership race due to a massive surge in support, with many people who were formerly jaded becoming inspired by his attitude and engaged in politics. They’ve all voted for him. How does this argument make sense?

Here’s a Grauniad article about 9 supposedly ‘left-wing’ policies that most people actually agree with.

 

Jeremy Corbyn: Socialism DOES Work | Oxford Union


Now I will start this post by stating that I’m not a Labour man – they’ve gone too far-Right in a shallow attempt to woo the electorate in recent years to have my vote (why have a party in power without a mandate for change?). But if Corbyn gets it, I might consider it!

Here in an impassioned debate at the Oxford Union in 2013, Corbyn seems to represent the actual core values of the Left – progress, tolerance, equality… y’know, all that good stuff. Makes me excited that these ideals are gaining more traction in the mainstream, and that this might mean something positive in the future!

He’s definitely my pick for the leadership. If you’re in the UK and unionised (I’m looking at you, MU Members!), make sure you head over here to register as a supporter and give yourself a chance to vote!

The end of capitalism has begun | The Guardian

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian

Source: The end of capitalism has begun

A long read, but definitely insightful. Gotta check out The Fragment in the Machine!

I’m sure the timing of this article is jumping the gun a little… but here’s hoping that in 20 years time, students will be looking back at this article and analysing is as a prescient foreshadowing of the New Age.

Pope Calls on World Youth to Rise Up Against Global Capitalism | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The address marked the end of Pope Francis’ week-long pilgrimage to Latin America, during which he also assailed the prevailing economic system as the “dung of the devil,” saying that the systemic “greed for money” is a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”

 

Source: Pope Calls on World Youth to Rise Up Against Global Capitalism | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

(Here’s a more credible article from the Washington Post, if you’d prefer)


A Pope who’s tolerant of the gay community and acknowledged the possibility of the Big Bang as factual is also a Socialist? Well, so was Jesus I guess. I like this Pope.

If we can get him to consider a more sensible position on drugs policy then the future looks very positive indeed.

Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED

Researchers will bring the vaccine stateside and track it for the FDA so it can be manufactured and sold in the US.

Source: Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED

This article should be called “Cubans develop vaccine for lung cancer” and should have been published 4 years ago.

It makes me angry that we’re only hearing about this now because suddenly The West wants a piece of it! Makes you wonder what else goes on in Cuba that we don’t know about.

Forget what you have been told about Cuba and the failure of Socialism – one of the world’s best healthcare systems, free arts and zero illiteracy? Poverty is relative to needs and wants, but of course I have no idea what really goes on in Cuba.

Stand Up & Be Recognised! EP (Pt. 1) OUT NOW!!!

Today is May Day – International Workers Day, and next week in the UK on May 7th we have a neck-and-neck bitterly fought Election coming up.

With that in mind, I urge people to STAND UP & BE RECOGNISED!


 

This song was written in outrage at the circumstances surrounding the result of the last election in 2010 – and things have since got worse! Share if you believe, share if you agree – share if you’re angry!

Available now from Bandcamp, and most major digital distributors imminently. Expect Pt. 2 of this EP in the next few weeks…

Tribeca Exclusive: Trailer For Noam Chomsky Documentary | The Playlist

via The Playlist

The word ‘legend’ gets bandied about quite a bit (especially by me) but Noam Chomsky is certainly a man worthy of the title – he is to left-wing thought what James Brown is to Hip-Hop.

Here’s a trailer for a new documentary directed by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott, funded by Kickstarter and shot over 4 years with interviews from the man himself, providing a consistent and convincing narrative of the widening inequality gap undermining the basic principles of Democracy in America. I’m still waiting for a British equivalent… but any progressive ideas are worth spreading.

The film is set to premier at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival on April 18th.