The May plan for Brexit

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In a little over 70 pages, Theresa May has confirmed the worst nightmare for Remainers. Not only is Britain leaving the EU, we are leaving the single market and the customs union too. This may mean immigration controls are being placed before economic growth. The political is being put before the economic. This is what she meant when she engaged in such sloganeering as “red, white and blue Brexit”. Speaking at Lancaster House, May deployed the language of internationalism, Theresa May laid out the contours of the plan for Britain to leave the EU and become a “great, global trading nation”. … Continue reading

Spoiler Warning: Jill Stein owes Hillary Clinton nothing

Jill Stein at Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

Many people are looking for someone to blame after Donald Trump won. The Clintons and the Democrats have little time for self-criticism or responsibility. The establishment is still licking its wounds, even as it swallows the Trump victory. The perfect image of this is the now famous photo of Mitt Romney grimacing at a dinner with the President-elect. It looks like a nightmarish scene right out of Twin Peaks. The Republicans have no room for a scapegoat, as they threw everything at Trump and he still won. Now they have to accept it. Meanwhile a lot of liberals are blaming Jill Stein for 2016, … Continue reading

Was George Orwell a Marxist?

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In short, George Orwell was a socialist but not a Marxist. One does not always follow the other. Here is an account from Isaac Deutscher on the specific gap between the Anglo-Saxon Left and Marxism: Like most British socialists, Orwell had never been a Marxist. The dialectical-materialist philosophy had always been too abstruse for him. From instinct rather than consciousness he had been a staunch rationalist. The distinction between the Marxist and the rationalist is of some importance. Contrary to an opinion widespread in Anglo-Saxon countries, Marxism is not at all rationalist in its philosophy: it does not assume that … Continue reading