Thursday, 25 February 2016

Movements after the election...

A couple of "personal capacity" posts about social movements and the election outcomes: on Irish Left Review an argument that movements stand to benefit if the next government is not a "strong" one, while on Cedar Lounge Revolution (in comments) a more downbeat analysis about the likely implications of a FG-FF coalition or FG minority government with FF support. We should know the actual parliamentary and government outcomes fairly soon now, but the implications for movements may take longer to emerge.

PS: Bertolt Brecht wrote this poem after the East German worker's uprising of 1953, but it's still relevant to many of the reactions from official quarters to an ungrateful population:

Die Lösung (The Solution)

After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers' Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?