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As Anti-Austerity Candidate Surges, 'Corbynomics' Catches Fire in UK


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"Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spokesperson, has warned Labour risks "driving itself off a cliff" if Corbyn is elected."

There's some truth, but not exactly in the way Campbell wants us to understand it. One cliff would be the cliff that separates the party from its neoliberal corporatist leaders and backers. Based on this break, there would be a rippling convulsion as these neoliberal leaders and backers use all their many potent tools not just to demonize Corbyn and "anti-austerity economics," but to make the economy and the populace scream and pin the blame on Corbyn.

At some point... we need to be clear-eyed enough, and tough enough, and willing to face those potent tools that put the hurt on, and we have to build our own tools for community resiliency in the face of these challenges, AND we have to be reality-based in our relationship with the Earth and the industrialization and extraction of its "natural resources," and we have to stand resolutely against Blair and Campbell, the plutocrats they represent and the hell that they serve us, and we have to struggle through that hell to create an economy that works in harmony with the Earth on behalf of the people.

Props to Corbyn for standing up and talking about wealth. Here's hoping his team includes ecological and social justice imperatives, along with the economic justice theme. And here's hoping everyone in the "developed" world comes to recognize the necessity of all three, and the implications not just for politics but for every aspect of our society and our lives.


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"He has pushed an anti-austerity agenda into the heart of political debate, forced his rivals to halt their shift to the right, and brought tens of thousands of young people into active politics,"

Whether he wins or not, that is plenty already.


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"Use their tools ... to make the economy and the populace scream and pin the blame on Corbyn."

This is ALWAYS the response to budding socialism from the capitalists. From the invasion of the new Soviet Union in 1919 by 13 capitalist countries (including the US of course) to the strangling of Allende's Chile, to the European response to Syriza Greece.

A true socialist responds by taking all their tools AWAY from the capitalists, which is to say their money and their corporations. Not to give them to a state capitalist (didn't work), but to create democratic worker and community co-ops. That will be the real test of "Corbynomics." Anything less is just waiting around for the capitalist avalanche,


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LOL. (The first time I've ever laughed out loud reading a comment in CD).


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"Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spokesperson, has warned Labour risks "driving itself off a cliff" if Corbyn is elected."

Labour Parties in the UK, New Zealand and Australia have already driven themselves off the cliff by adopting Thatcherism.


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Reading elsewhere that the "Friends of Israel" also don't like Corbyn who apparently has the temerity, to suggest that Israel needs to talk with Hamas and Hexbollah. http://tinyurl.com/qf2gywl
Such a shocking idea from a politician within reach of a major post in a possibly still major political party in a still pretends to be an important country. And yet not a word of it here.


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I would say Labour was driven off a cliff in the recent election, which, incredibly, saw David Cameron and the Conservatives returned to power with a bigger majority. That could only have happened because Labor blew the election, and it did so by moving rightward, offering British voters a US-style choice between corporate lackey and corporate lackey.

Dave Lindorff
founding editor
ThisCantBeHappening.net


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