socialism

The Myth of the Good Patriot

Last week actor Ron Perlman got a lot of attention on social media for calling out Donald Trump on a number of issues. Although noble at first sight, a better look at Perlman’s tweets show a staggering limited view on the matter. Perlman referred to the United States as “the greatest nation on earth” – and those five words just completely ruined his entire message. The United States is not…


Activism Against Overproduction: Don’t Stop at Your Boycot

A much debated subject of activism is boycotting. By some considered pointless and idealistic, by others seen as a kickstarter for a bigger movement of resistance. Not only in leftist circles it’s popular to not buy certain products as protest against policies or ethical questions. Also centrist or right leaning folks can take part in it from their identity as consumer. “Vote with your wallet” is a popular vehicle in…


Portugal and Learning How to Steer Hard Left

While the whole of Europe is tumbling over each other in political discourse, fear of the right wing and disastrous divide on the left, Portugal is quietly fixing its problems in a left-wing minority government. The Labour parties of Europe are slowly getting wind of the succes, but their attempts of copying it will fail unless they are willing to stop negotiating with the right and turn their attention to…


The Strange and Problematic Metaphors of the Washington Post

A while ago this colourful metaphor from a reporter of the Washington Post did the rounds on internet. It got flack both for the inappropriately absurd allegory, as well as the oversimplification of a rather complex political situation. But while most of the criticism is aimed at the role of Vladimir Putin as ice cream man (there’s a sentence I didn’t ever expect typing), I find that there is something…


Play Like a Girl – Against Modern Football

The last few weeks this GIF surfaced once again on various social networks like Tumblr and Twitter. It shows a glaring look into the distorted world of top tier professional football (soccer) and the strange behaviours therein that many already have internalised and accepted as the norm. First and foremost of course, the images are meant to combat sexism. It shows a contrast to the stereotype of delicate, vulnerable women and…


Revolution at the DNC

I hate Donald Trump and I don’t like Hillary Clinton. I’m not a fan of Vladimir Putin and I can’t call myself a supporter of Barack Obama. I like Bernie Sanders but he has a lot to learn. I don’t think Clinton should be president and I support the protests against her nomination. I don’t think Bernie supporters should vote Trump. It doesn’t sound that complicated but to many people…


AfterBerner

Bernie Sanders might not be the next president of the United States. Bernie knows that he might not be the next president but he knows that many more presidents will be elected in the time that is ahead of us. That’s why Sanders is doing something that no candidate before him has done: he is campaigning for something more than just himself. The politics of America are a tight system…


Grandola Vila Morena

Last weekend I visited a group of comrades from Belgium. After a day of interesting discussions and speeches, the night took a lighter tone with drinks, stories and songs. Alan from the International committee shared memories from the time he was recruited, and how things had to be all hush-hush back in the 70s. Amelie, Bruno and I discussed the quirky differences between Flanders and the Netherlands, and what colourful…