[Marxism] What's new at Links: France, Mali, Tunisia, Feminine Mystique, climate, Transitional Program, Catalonia, Marxism & feminism

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Tue Feb 12 23:58:19 MST 2013

What's new at Links: France, Mali, Tunisia, Feminine Mystique, climate, 
Transitional Program, Catalonia, Marxism & feminism

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    France: As Hollande takes the social-liberal road, what prospects
    for the left? <http://links.org.au/node/3213>

By *Murray Smith*
February 7, 2013 --It is just over seven months since the Socialist 
Party's Francois Hollande capped his victory in the presidential 
elections by winning a working majority in the elections to the National 
Assembly. It probably seems longer to him. It has been a hard half-year. 
Hollande won the election by standing on a program that was distinctly 
on the left by the standards of the Socialist Party. Partly this was to 
position himself as a clear alternative to his conservative opponent 
Nicolas Sarkozy. To a not insignificant degree it was to hold the SP 
electorate against the strongest challenge from the left for thirty 
years, in the shape of the Left Front (Front de gauche) and its 
presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3213>

    French troops in Mali 'for the long haul'; left responds to war

By *Roger Annis*
February 6, 2013 -- "France is in Mali for the long haul." That's the 
headline of the France daily /Le Monde/ on February 4. The newspaper's 
front page, as well as pages 2 and 3, were devoted to a discussion over 
"what next" for France and the world in Mali.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3211>

    Tunisia: Activist leader assassinated as left re-unites to provide
    alternative <http://links.org.au/node/3217>

By *Patrick Harrison* and *Dominique Lerouge*
February 12, 2013 -- Furious protests have exploded onto Tunisia's 
streets and a general strike has been called after the assassination of 
left-wing politician and lawyer Chokri Belaid on February 6. Belaid was 
head of the far-left Party of Democratic Patriots (PPD, he was 
previously leader of MOUPAD: see article below).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3217>

    50 years since 'The Feminine Mystique' <http://links.org.au/node/3216>

By *Suzanne Weiss*
January 31, 2013 -- Fifty years ago, on February 13, 1963, the 
publication of US writer and activist Betty Friedan's book /The Feminine 
Mystique/ sparked a new awakening in the thinking of women across North 
America. Friedan denounced the repression women suffered in the 
aftermath of World War II, when they were forced out of wartime jobs and 
convinced to accept the role of keepers of the home. Profiteers of the 
market launched an unrelenting but subtle propaganda campaign to 
venerate women as wife and mother. This role, Friedan said, was the 
"feminine mystique".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3216>

    Chris Williams: What must be done to stop climate change?

        /For a moment he lost himself in the old, familiar dream. He
        imagined that he was master of the sky, that the world lay
        spread out beneath him, inviting him to travel where he willed.
        It was not the world of his own time that he saw, but the lost
        world of the dawn -- a rich and living panorama of hills and
        lakes and forests. He felt bitter envy of his unknown ancestors,
        who had flown with such freedom over all the earth, and who had
        let its beauty die. -- /Arthur C. Clarke, /The City and the Stars/

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3215>

    'Transitional Program': 'a program of action from today until the
    beginning of the socialist revolution' <http://links.org.au/node/3214>

By *Doug Lorimer*
[This is the introduction to Resistance Books' /The Transitional Program 
and the Struggle for Socialism/. For discussion on the left about the 
significance of the transitional method for socialists, see "In defence 
of the transitional method <http://links.org.au/node/3202>" by Dave Holmes.]

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3214>

    Catalonia: Fight over right to decide political future intensifies

By *Dick Nichols*
February 6, 2013 -- Political tensions within the Spanish state have 
reached a new pitch following the January 23, 2013, declaration by the 
Catalan parliament of Catalonia's sovereign right to decide its own 
political future. Antagonism is intensifying between the Catalan and 
national Spanish governments and polarisation continues to increase 
among and within all main political forces.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3212>

    Marxism, feminism and women's liberation <http://links.org.au/node/3210>

[See also "*Why socialists need feminism 

January 31, 2013 -- *Sharon Smith*, International Socialist Organization 
(USA) member and author of the soon-to-be-republished /Women and 
Socialism: Essays on Women's Liberation/, examines how some in the 
Marxist tradition have approached the struggle to end women's 
oppression, including its attitude toward other theories. This article 
is based on a talk given at the US ISO's Socialism 2012 conference in 
Chicago. It first appeared in the US /Socialist Worker/. It represents 
an important reassessment in the approach of an influential tendency 
within the international Marxist movement, those associated with or with 
their origins in the International Socialist Tendency.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3210>

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