More Cigarrettes, Fewer Immigrants, and Lots of Cuts: What does the Future Hold for Spain?

It’s been barely a week since the Conservative PP (Partido Popular, or Popular Party) swept the elections in Spain, winning an absolute majority in parliament here.  For the currently (but not much longer) ruling social democratic party, the PSOE, it was its worst defeat ever.  For weeks polls had been predicting a conservative victory, and … Continue reading More Cigarrettes, Fewer Immigrants, and Lots of Cuts: What does the Future Hold for Spain?

Interview with Paolo Flores D´Arcais on post-politics

This is a very interesting interview that has just been published in English and Spanish by El País.  D’Arcais is a very progressive Italian philosopher whose writings rarely reach English-speaking audiences, and who edits a journal called Micromega. The original article is here. “Politics has become a profession”  JOSÉ MARÍA RIDAO – Rome – 07/11/2011 Through his … Continue reading Interview with Paolo Flores D´Arcais on post-politics

Porto Alegre, 11 years on, and Where are the Brazilian Indignados?

El País, one of the Spanish newspapers of record, ran a headline on October 16th, that the Indignado movement had spread all over the world.   This is, of course, a Spanish take on things.  As important as the acampados in Madrid have been in sparking the flame, Occupy also has its own roots: adbusters, … Continue reading Porto Alegre, 11 years on, and Where are the Brazilian Indignados?