Across Europe, lockdown measures have slowed the transmission of COVID-19, but the consequences for precarious workers and those in poor housing conditions have often been bleak. A socialist response has to go beyond telling us to stay at home — it has to challenge the deeper inequalities the pandemic has exposed.
James Robertson is assistant professor of history at the University of California Irvine.
The Serbian government’s reintroduction of a curfew in Belgrade triggered violent protests in July, showing the popular distrust in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But with the rallies drawing everyone from middle-class liberals to far-right football hooligans, the protests above all show the lack of coherent opposition to Aleksandar Vučić’s authoritarian government.
The far-right ideology of Hindutva has gained frightening currency under Indian leader Narendra Modi. But in order to combat it, we first have to understand Vinayak Damodar Savarkar — the man who originated the violent ideology.
A brief history of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Yugoslavia’s “self-managed” socialism appeared to be a real alternative to the Soviet model. Why did it collapse so suddenly?
A strategy of “lesser evilism” won’t prepare the Left for the long fights ahead.