Author: Mario Candeias

Mario Candeias is the director of the Institute for Critical Social Analysis and editor of the review LuXemburg.

  • Die Linke: Now What?

    Three Suggestions for a Left Strategy Discussion Society is being transformed. The party system is in a state of upheaval. Parties continually find themselves in troubled waters, and Die Linke (The Left Party) is no exception. Keep reading »

  • A Populist Moment? Learning from Corbyn, Sanders, Mélenchon and Iglesias in Germany

    Mario Candeias analyses how to connect the different forces, and how can populist momentum carry forward a popular project? Keep reading »

  • Understanding the Rise of the Radical Right

    It is the time of monsters. The organic crisis of the old neoliberal project has also brought forth the rise of a new radical right. Yet these monsters are quite different from one another: we have strong men like Trump, Kurz and Macron – political entrepreneurs shaping a new authoritarianism from positions of governance. Theresa … Keep reading »

  • The Return of Hope: For an Offensive Double Strategy

    The future has gone astray. The neoliberal utopia is exhausted just as are left alternatives. The decades of an initially conservative-orthodox neoliberalism from Margaret Thatcher to Helmut Kohl; its generalization under the governments from Tony Blair to Gerhard Schröder; and, finally, its authoritarian deepening and anchoring in the years of the crisis have caused social … Keep reading »

  • A Moment of Catharsis

    One year after Syriza’s victory and six months after the coup One year after the victory and six months after the coup, we shouldn’t fool ourselves: This was a defeat, of the Greek government. But it’s not only Syriza that has failed (for now). The whole left has failed in Greece – and in the rest … Keep reading »

  • Democratic Rebellion: Some Lessons From the Municipal and Regional Elections in Spain

    Barcelona and Madrid are won. With Ada Colau and Manuela Carmena, two women will now occupy the mayoralties of both metropolises. Barcelona en Comú and Ahora Madrid were the names of the municipal connective platforms. Barcelona en Comú won the most seats in the city and can form a left-wing majority with both leftist parties … Keep reading »

  • New World Re-Ordering

    What should we call the current era? Post-everything? Or perhaps, the interregnum? Whatever the name it should be given, the current period is characterized by neoliberal trans-nationalization. In addition, U.S. hegemony has been under question since the beginning of this period. In fact, the Empire is no longer U.S.-American and a change in hegemony is … Keep reading »

  • Real Democracy and the Capture of Institutions

    The Dynamic Reorganization of the Spanish Left It is no longer enough to win over civil society, occupy public spaces, take to the streets, carry out symbolic actions, prevent evictions, or to win plebiscites. In Spain movements for ‘real democracy’ are setting a course to capture institutions – albeit with the aim to recreate these institutions … Keep reading »

  • Which Way to the Winter Palace, Please?

    Transnational Echoes and Blocked Transformations Triggered by the Arab Spring (LuXemburg 1/2011), a series of transnational movements, such as the Indignants and Occupy Wall Street, began gathering pace in 2011 in Europe, Turkey, the U.S., Chile and Brazil. The events are being driven by an urban precariat that is better educated than ever before. Time and … Keep reading »

  • Creating a Situation that Does Not Yet Exist

    For some two decades, the anti-globalization movement and its successors have assumed that society contains within itself – and automatically throws up – political oppositions and organizational forms independent of capital and of the state. There is simply the need to encourage the cumulative growth of society’s own potentialities for forming alternatives apart from the … Keep reading »

  • What is ‘Socialist’ about ‘Green Socialism’?

    “Another grand, left-wing concept with an adjective… Shouldn’t we rather work on concrete social-ecological projects – on initiatives for conversion, a process of ‘energy transition,’ or free public transport?” Undoubtedly, many problems of the left have resulted from its tendency to create grand utopias and attempt to bring social reality in line with them. Transformation … Keep reading »