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A New Politics of Liberation

This week, "The Laura Flanders Show" focuses on alternatives to both soviet-style socialism and Wall-Street style financial capitalism, 100 years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and almost 10 years after the financial crisis that drove a stake of austerity through many of our surviving social democracies. What types of movements would take us to these alternative solutions?

From Laura: For the last couple of years, I've been part of an initiative promoted by the Trans National Institute in Amsterdam (TNI), and incorporating activists and organizers from all over the world in a conversation about what many are calling "new politics." If the Russian Revolution is what factory workers and peasants came up with to challenge inequality under industrial capitalism and feudalism in the 19th century, and social democracies — with their taxes and social programs — were what liberals in the 20th century came up with to tackle inequality under financial and corporate capitalism, what might activists in the 21st century come up with to move to a less exploitative, less extractive world where power is more equally shared? And what might the movements look like that take us there? In the winter of 2017, I was part of a meeting in South Africa that pulled together many participants in TNI's New Politics think-tank. This week on the show we'll share some of what was exchanged there, in the way of ideas, experiences, and aspirations.

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