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The Cooperative Option in Supporting and Rebuilding Rojava

At Grassroots Economic Organizing, Alexander Kolokotronis writes:

Amidst the onslaught of the Daesh (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL) and the wide media coverage of refugees pouring into Europe, a major event remains tremendously underreported. This underreporting has occurred among both corporate media and Western Left outlets. This turn of events — which is underway in a region of Syria — is most often referred to as the Rojava Revolution. Within, and because of this silence, there is very little discourse on how the Left can offer mass-solidarity and support. Furthermore, the need for solidarity and support is only bolstered by the fact that the revolution has unevenly extended into Turkey. Also, with the ousting of the Daesh from parts of Northern Syria, many in Rojava have turned their eyes towards reconstruction. Yet, as Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine has shown, reconstruction and redevelopment efforts, in any part of the world, can easily take on a neoliberal character.

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More Than Just Delivering the Mail

An interesting proposal for the Canadian postal service that could be applied in the States: See Delivering Community Power.

European Social Democracy and the Roots of the Eurozone Crisis

At Dollars & Sense, Alejandro Reuss writes:

In the wake of the crisis, criticism of the “design” flaws in the foundations of the eurozone has become widespread. If we take this to mean that the structure of the eurozone left the region vulnerable to a crisis, this is surely correct. The language of “design” flaws, however, is off in an important way. The problems of the eurozone were not merely the result of a technocratic design failure, but rather a political failure. There is plenty of blame to go around, and plenty of culpable parties should share in it — including industrial and financial capitalists, economists who spun appealing fairy tales about the benefits of “free markets,” and mainstream politicians who bought into an agenda of economic “liberalization.” Part of the blame, however, belongs at the feet of Europe’s mainstream social democratic parties.

The political failings of these parties — whether they go by the name Social Democratic, Labour, Socialist, or whatever — should by now be plain to see. In hard-hit “peripheral” countries, like Spain and Greece, the mainstream socialist parties not only failed to lead a resistance against austerity policies, but actually administered these policies. Meanwhile, the German government — one of the main villains in pressing austerity policies — includes the Social Democrats (SPD) in a “grand coalition” with the parties of the Christian Democratic right.

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