In the 1980s, Neoliberalism dogma was still underway, but according to author Stuart Hall, another movement was being created, it was “New Times”.
The “New Times” that would become one of the causes of the Third Way, consisted in the transition from industrialized economies to tertiary and IT-oriented economies. In addition to economic changes, these “new times” also reflected the decline of the political class, the expansion of people’s individual choices in terms of consumption and lifestyles, as well as the beginning of the debate on the issue of sexuality that began to emerge as a “hot” topic at the time. Continue reading “Third Way is Kaput”
Trust between politicians and electorate hits an all-time low. The internet is a major cause for this, but it provides unique opportunities to develop new structures of e-democracy through which to engage with citizens and empower them. The October 2016 S&D Convention provides a golden opportunity to re-engage with the natural partners of European social democrats: by setting up professional online networks this coalition can strengthen the sharing of mutual feedback and reach out to disillusioned citizens. Continue reading “Online Networking with Friends: An Antidote to Mutual Mistrust, a Booster for Social Democracy”
The West has a very double-sided, some might even say hypocritical, relationship with the rest of the world. There is a systematic pattern of the Western countries in North America and Northern and Western Europe saying one thing while in practice doing another on the global stage. But why is this? And how does it translate on to the international arena? It is probably important here to mention that the purpose of this text is not to blame the West for all the world’s problems, but rather to try to recognise contradictions in its actions internationally and how to move beyond these. Continue reading “The Great Western Ambivalence”