Category Archives: The Politics of Fear

The Drift Right Continues: Electoral Results for 2015 and their implications for progressive politics in 2016 and beyond.

Progressive left forces everywhere, must, therefore pay attention to the rightward political drift in many Northern as well as Southern democracies. The right wing parties and leaders that have come to power in 2015 will continue to promote a politics of fear; will continue to rely heavily on national security systems to maintain and consolidate their power; they will utilise negative wedge politics and ideological spin to give a positive flow to failed policies and they will adopt callous policies in relation to the big global needs of 2016-refugees, displaced persons, global climate change and armed conflict. This is the time to start learning from the few places where left of Centre parties came to power in 2015 in order to devise a progressive,popular movement for new politics and new political systems for the 21st century.

If we don’t do this we will be condemned to growing democratic deficits and worse find ourselves confronting regimes that are far too reliant on national security systems for their maintenance in power. Continue reading

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Something to Live and Love for in 2016

So at this liminal moment , as we pause to reflect on what a mess we made of 2015 and what we might do better for 2016, lets focus our attention on the development of a world where poverty, inequality, and the unsustainable consumption of the world are addressed positively , creatively and non-violently. Lets also build relationships of love, empathy, altruism, compassion and tolerance so that we might begin breaking the appalling cycles of violence that have afflicted far too many people over the past few years.

The good news is that if we can transform ourselves personally, mobilise political will around these more positive ends, forge relationships of love ,solidarity and active resistance to those who would like to isolate us we have a chance of ensuring that the 21st century will become a century of maturity rather than one of fear and barbarism. Such a vision will end any residual existential angst we might have and give us something to live and love for in 2016. Continue reading

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Reflections on War and Peace-The Warrior and the Pacifist Traditions

  Reflections on War and Peace-The Warrior and the Pacifist Traditions Kevin P Clements National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago.     Tomorrow is the 100th  anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. All … Continue reading

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The weight of the world.

The weight of the world: Kevin P Clements If you are a reasonably open, sensitive empathetic person its pretty hard not to be weighed down by the weight of the world at the moment. Gaza is a 21st century nightmare … Continue reading

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A Theory of Love for a slightly Broken World.

  A  Theory of Love for a slightly Broken World.   Kevin P Clements   Diane Ackerman says of love:   “What a small word we use for an idea so immense and powerful, it has altered the flow of … Continue reading

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Gaza Interview- Truthout

Originally posted on Global Justice in the 21st Century:
? [Prefatory note: This is an interview with a knowledgeable Greek journalist covering a range of issues associated with the Gaza ordeal] ? “Blood on American Hands”: Richard Falk on Palestine…

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Violence and Nonviolence in the 21st century

Violence and Nonviolence in the 21st Century Kevin P Clements National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Otago.   We are constantly being told that the world overall is getting more peaceful. Stephen Pinker ( The Better Angels … Continue reading

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