democracy

Dr. Michael Welton: “The global ruling class will not permit a new just world order to appear”

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Dr. Michael Welton. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What do you think of the intention of Western governments to use tracking in the Covid-19 crisis? Are governments not using the pretext of this epidemic to control their populations? Isn’t this method fascism?

Dr. Michael Welton: The world has seen many plagues and pestilences in its past and recent history. But nothing like this—a global lock-down that has forced billions of people to self-isolate in order to stop the Monster from consuming us before our evening meal. Arundhati Roy has asked this provocative question: “What is this thing that has happened to us?” And, most significantly, this “thing” is happening to us at a crisis point in the Neo-liberal globalized economic disorder. Covid-19 has lit up the sky like an electric lightning storm, exposing its’ shameful weaknesses and trouble-spots. Ruling classes of the world, once exposed, know their days may be numbered. They are going to fight bitterly to hold on to power and wealth and oppress and trick the citizenry to do so. Lire la suite »

Dr. Burkhard Luber: “We are already beyond the point of no return what the destruction of the Earth is concerned”

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Dr. Burkhard Luber. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the rise of the far right in Europe and elsewhere in the world?

Dr. Burkhard Luber: I see three explanations: A first explanation is that many people are not capable to accept that in the modern global world an increasingly wide spectrum of different cultures, beliefs and values exists. Many people have not learned the virtue of tolerance and the importance to find joint interests with different people, cultures and countries. Persons with such limited tolerance and small understanding of other cultures are always in danger to see foreigners as a threat for their own workplace, for their culture, etc. Lire la suite »

Liz Rowley: “The progressive and peace-loving peoples of the world need to unite to defeat capitalism and imperialism”

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Liz Rowley,  leader of the Communist Party of Canada. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you analyze the results of the recent federal elections in Canada? Did the Communist Party of Canada achieve good results?

Liz Rowley: The election results – a minority Liberal government – are a reflection of a number of different things.  First, widespread fear of a Conservative government and its policies of austerity, social conservatism, and its refusal to acknowledge climate change.

In the context of a first-past-the-post electoral system the electorate is usually forced to vote against what they don’t want, as opposed to the policies and parties they do want.  In the 2015 election, the Liberals promised electoral reform – proportional representation – and that helped to get them elected.  However, this is one of many promises the Liberals abandoned after they were elected. Lire la suite »

Nozomi Hayase: “Injustice to Assange displays the deep crisis of Western liberal democracy”

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Dr. Nozomi Hayase. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your very interesting book to read WikiLeaks: The Global Fourth Estate relates the genesis of WikiLeaks. In your opinion, wasn’t WikiLeaks a revolutionary tool to defend the right to inform?

Nozomi Hayase: I would say WikiLeaks is a tool that defends the public’s right to know. The way you put it in your question, ‘publisher’s right to inform’ is derived from the First Amendment right. The US model of governance, namely a representative democracy, relies on the mechanism of checks and balances of power to maintain the integrity of the system. Within this framework, the press plays a crucial role because without the informed public, this system of accountability really won’t work. Lire la suite »

Dr. Chris Wright: “Critical and informed thinking is dangerous to the powerful”

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Dr. Chris Wright. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote “Worker cooperatives and revolution” where you talk about workers’ cooperatives. In this fascinating book, we note your optimism about the coming of a new era where the human is at the center. You give the example of the cooperative New Era Windows, in Chicago. In your opinion, are we in a new era where the union of workers in the form of a cooperative will shape the future of the world?

Dr. Chris Wright: I think I may have been a little too optimistic in that book about the potential of worker cooperatives. On the one hand, Marx was right that cooperatives « represent within the old form the first sprouts of the new. » They’re microcosmic socialism, since socialism is just workers’ democratic control of economic activity, which is essentially what cooperatives are. Even in the large Mondragon firms that have seen some conflicts between workers and the elected management, there is still vastly more democracy (and more equal pay) than in a typical large capitalist enterprise. Lire la suite »

Dr. Nacer Djabi: “This generational moment will mark the difference between Algeria before and after February 22, 2019”

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Dr. Nacer  Djabi. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you, as a sociologist, view recent events in Algeria? In your opinion, haven’t the demonstrations that have taken place every Friday since February 22nd changed Algeria’s history?

Dr. Nacer Djabi: What is happening in Algeria since February 22nd is unique and never happened before, not even in other Arab countries, for example during the Arab Spring in 2011-2012, taking into account the high level of mobilization and its national character, which includes in the case of Algeria, popular demonstrations by millions in more than thirty cities for the same political demands. Lire la suite »

Étienne Chouard: “The Constituent Yellow Vests appeal to all humanity.”

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Etienne Chouard. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your very powerful manifesto book « Nous ne sommes pas en démocratie!” (We are not in a democracy!), you make a relevant observation. Is it not rather a plutocracy?

Étienne Chouard:  Yes, absolutely. We have been in the plutocracy for two hundred years since the revolutions of England, America, France, since the advent of the representative government which designates the political players by the procedure of the election among candidates that one can help. This procedure, since one can help, gives all the power – because when one win the elections, one exercise all the power during the mandate – to those who have the most resources to help, that is, the richest. Lire la suite »