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Towards a New Anti-Capitalist Politics

By: 
Jerome Roos

An in-depth assessment of the current malaise of the international left and speculations on a way forward, rooted mainly in struggles over everyday life (reproduction of capital), restoring the commons, and renewing democracy.  From the founder of ROAR Magazine (roarmag.org), but this is a more accessible link to the article, I think.

Why understanding gut reactions is key to building powerful movements

By: 
Brian Martin

This article investigates the influence intuitive thinking has on political decision making. The author advises those involved with non-violent social change to be mindful of 'gut level' reactions and how activists might respond to these in ways that can improve the effectiveness of progresive movements.

South African Student Protesters Win First Big Victory: Decolonization, Race and Class Politics Fused in Epic Battle

By: 
Patrick Bond

An historic victory over South African neoliberalism was won on October 23, after the most intense three-week burst of activist mobilization here since liberation from apartheid in 1994. University students have been furious, as their cry “Fees must fall!” rang out on campuses and sites of political power across this society. But though there will be an effective 6% cut in tuition for 2016, the next stage of struggle looms, with demands for free tertiary education and university labor rights atop the agenda.

The #FeesMustFall movement’s first victory comes at a time that the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party confronts unprecedented economic pressure and social unrest. GDP growth will be only 1.5% this year and probably the same next year, lower than population growth. This is the most unequal of any major country, and the official poverty rate (at $2/day) has recently risen to 53%.

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