Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low

Interesting polling data on declining Tea Party support … More Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low

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A conservatism is spreading that the Tories can’t fathom | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian

A conservatism is spreading that the Tories can’t fathom | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian. A month or so ago, when the public’s opposition to any intervention in Syria was revealed, the stock explanation of their views was pretty simple – boiling down to Iraq, the unhinged premiership of Tony Blair, and people’s … More A conservatism is spreading that the Tories can’t fathom | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian

Book to read – From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization

Originally posted on Real-World Economics Review Blog:
from  Maria Alejandra Madi and the WEA Pedagogy Blog In her new book, Kari Polanyi Levitt considers the insights of her father Karl Polanyi’s classic The Great Transformation to propose a challenging discussion on the contemporary global financial crisis in the perspective of the financialization of Western capitalism. In…

Portugal: Local polls to test government austerity policies

Originally posted on Revolting Europe:
UPDATE: The local elections held in Portugal on Sunday resulted in the centre-left Socialists, the main opposition party, gaining 36.3 per cent of the vote and control of 106 of Portugal’s 308 town halls, which was their biggest local election victory to date. The governing PSD won 26.5 per cent of…

Greece’s democracy in danger, warns Demos, as Greek reservists call for coup | World news | theguardian.com

Athens riot police fire tear gas at an anti-fascist protest calling for action against the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party following a rapper’s murder. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty No country has displayed more of a “backslide in democracy” than Greece, the British thinktank Demos has said in a study highlighting the crisis-plagued country’s slide into economic, social … More Greece’s democracy in danger, warns Demos, as Greek reservists call for coup | World news | theguardian.com

Merkel’s Victory, Everyone’s Loss: The Burden Of German Mercantilism On Europe

Merkel’s Victory, Everyone’s Loss: The Burden Of German Mercantilism On Europe. John Weeks The electoral victory of Angela Merkel brings bad news to the rest of Europe. Without doubt it means the continuation of the national economic policies that have all the other euro zone countries suffering from recession. While the Christian Democrats and their … More Merkel’s Victory, Everyone’s Loss: The Burden Of German Mercantilism On Europe

What now for the German SPD?

Check out @SocialEurope’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/SocialEurope/status/383374841187139584 he result of the German election 2013 was noteworthy in many respects and will produce aftershocks for years to come. A close look at the numbers suggests that all parties apart from the CDU/CSU are facing structural problems. The Green party as well as Die Linke have suffered significant losses … More What now for the German SPD?

The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition | The Bullet No. 883

The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition | The Bullet No. 883. The red-green coalition government in Norway, whose political platform when it took power in 2005 was called the most progressive in Europe, experienced a bitter defeat in the country’s parliamentary election on 9 September. A coalition of four … More The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition | The Bullet No. 883

An Adjunct Tragedy | The Nation

An Adjunct Tragedy | The Nation. The proletarianization of higher education, according to the associate general counsel of the United Steel Workers Union, has now claimed a life. In a moving op-ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daniel Kovalik, wrote this week of Margaret Mary Vojtko, a French teacher at Pittsburgh’s Dusquesne University whose tenure … More An Adjunct Tragedy | The Nation

Wrestling with Democracy

Wrestling with Democracy is an ambitious, historical examination of the changes in voting systems across a large number of Western liberal democracies over the course of the twentieth century that argues that ‘most major voting system reforms in the twentieth-century west have been intimately linked to larger social struggles over the parameters of democracy itself, … More Wrestling with Democracy

The reason for the depth and duration of the downturn is far too simple for most economists to understand

Originally posted on Real-World Economics Review Blog:
from Dean Baker Many economists and business writers view the duration and severity of the downturn as being a mystery. They argue that it has something to do with the financial crisis, although the exact nature of the relationship is often not quite clear, with the financial crisis…