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  • Democracy experiments in the Latin American political lab | openDemocracy on Feb 07, 16
  • Catalan bid for independence | EL PAÍS on Feb 01, 16
  • Harnessing Spain’s “communist moment” | In English | EL PAÍS on Feb 01, 16
    • If one thing convinced the founders of Podemos of the need to enter politics, it was the mass protests on the streets of Madrid in 2011, when disparate civic associations and single-issue activist groups, along with huge numbers of people with no previous involvement in politics, identifying themselves simply as “indignant,” coalesced into what has become known as the 15-M movement.


      There were two important things about those protests. The first is that they weren’t led or coordinated by the organizations that should have been able to do so, which were labor unions such as the UGT and the CCOO, or the Communist Party-led United Left grouping.

    • Despite the domestic and international media’s portrayal of the 15-M movement as little more than a bunch of anarchists, the creators of Podemos were aware throughout the summer of 2011, and would point this out later, that 15-M, despite its success, provided two important lessons: “It wasn’t us who organized this,” and that not everybody in the movement was “left wing.”
    • Carolina Bescansa, who had been studying 15-M for the Center for Sociological Research, noticed during the street protests that the traditional right-left divide no longer made any sense when trying to understand people’s voting intentions.

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  • Where did the 15-M movement go? | In English | EL PAÍS on Feb 01, 16
    • The movement's strategy is based on assembling ad hoc citizen coalitions to help push back and challenge specific government actions; trying to figure out how to affect policy by exerting force on specific choke points in a system that badly needs reform. Politicians worried about inter-party politics, re-election or special interests can't see the importance of this. It's about using the power of the network to shake things up and find ways to make the political process more responsive to the needs of everyday citizens.
    • Typical of the all-encompassing approach of the 15-M movement are the myriad cooperatives set up around the country by a range of professionals looking to barter their services with other groups, as well as to sell them to the wider community.


      As the Spanish welfare state crumbles, 15-M offers practical solutions based on collaboration and cooperation

    • "I was brought up to be competitive; but what really matters is sharing.

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  • Police dislodge last of 15-M protestors | In English | EL PAÍS on Jan 31, 16
    • Since the main camp was disbanded on June 12, the government had held that the 15-M information booth that remained in Sol was a municipal concern, while local authorities argued that it was a matter of "public order" and thus of national interest.


      The eviction comes a week after a failed attempt that ended with police charging against the protestors. A few demonstrators told the SER radio station that this latest move is "more than strongly related" to the upcoming visit to Madrid by Pope Benedict between August 16 and 21, and that they were "expecting it."

    • Ignacio Laro, president of Apreca, the association of business owners in the area, said he was "very happy" because "the problem has been solved and the square can now resume its [commercial and tourist] activity."
  • Interview: Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap” | In English | EL PAÍS on Jan 31, 16
    • He has outlined his pessimistic world view in books such as 2014’s Does the Richness of the Few Benefit Us All?, which argues that the world is paying a high price for the neoliberal revolution that began in the 1980s and that wealth has not trickled down to the rest of society. In Moral Blindness, published last year, he and co-author Leonidas Donskis warn about the loss of community in our increasingly individualistic world.
    • Power has been globalized, but politics is as local as before. Politics has had its hands cut off. People no longer believe in the democratic system because it doesn’t keep its promises.
    • Forty years ago we believed that freedom had triumphed and we began an orgy of consumerism. Everything seemed possible by borrowing money: cars, homes… and you just paid for it later. The wakeup call in 2008 was a bitter one, when the loans dried up.

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  • Theodor Adorno vs Herbert Marcuse on student protests, violence and democracy | Daily Maverick on Jan 26, 16
  • Keep calm and let the students disrupt injustice: a response to Achille Mbembe | The Daily Vox on Jan 26, 16
  • The New Dark Ages | Alice Walker | The Official Website for the American Novelist & Poet on Jan 22, 16
  • Chancellor Phyllis Wise Explains the Firing of Steven Salaita | The Academe Blog on Jan 21, 16

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