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    9/11, Afghanistan: 20 years on full circle

    François Brutsch · Sunday, 15 August - 12:37 edit

Arthur Chrenkoff was one of my favorite bloggers in the first years of the century. His politics seems to have taken a Trumpian turn since then. But, except two silly nasties about Joe Biden, his comment on the current tragedy in Afghanistan is fitting. #politix

  • No more good news from Afghanistan

    It’s not true that failure is an orphan. Afghanistan today is like Freddy Krueger, “the son of a hundred homicidal maniacs”, whose nurse mother was gang raped by inmates of a …

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    UK: undestanding the Labour vote (or not)

    François Brutsch · Sunday, 9 May - 10:02 edit

Must read: long and complex but fascinating analysis by Chris Clarke @WarringFictions on the sociology of the Labour vote, past and future. #politix

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    ‘Against their interests’

    The Hartlepool by-election result has renewed discussion about how Labour re-connects with working-class voters. The analysis in this…

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    Affaire Maudet: le jugement

    François Brutsch · Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 18:33 edit

L'Etat de Genève, qui n'a perdu que le temps que le Parquet a choisi de perdre, va donc encaisser le montant de "l'avantage"... #politix

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    Switzerland's shameful vote at WHO

    François Brutsch · Friday, 13 November, 2020 - 18:57 edit

On a resolution to condemn Israel (and Israel alone) at the WHO, Switzerland didn't vote NO like Canada, the UK or Germany. Switzerland didn't abstain like Norway, Sweden, Finland and 29 other countries - or simply joined the 56 "absent". Switzerland made a point of voting YES to a resolution co-sponsored by Syria, Cuba or Turkey.

Two questions to Foreign Secretary Cassis and the Federal Government:

  1. Is this a mistake, for which someone has to be sacked (as it happened recently in Uruguay)?

  2. Or is it a naked appeal to votes from dictatorships in the ill-considered candidacy of Switzerland to the UN Security Council?


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    Cooperation vs. competition

    François Brutsch · Sunday, 30 August, 2020 - 12:37 edit

In Britain, I am struck how much society is geared for competition rather than cooperation, be it the school system, debating competitions or first past the post. You need a balance between the two, of course. This game looks like an interesting way to show how the Swiss society (and direct democracy, woefully misunderstood here) works. #politix

  • «Democratia – The Isle of Five» | Avenir Suisse

    Swiss democracy as a mobile game With the launch of Democratia: The Isle of Five, a mobile game for smartphones and tablets, Avenir Suisse is treading new ground in terms of methodology, content, and communications. The virtual board game is a playful approach to direct democracy in Switzerland and a new way of simulating the […]

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    Death of Lord Hutton, Andrew Sullivan returns to the blog

    François Brutsch · Sunday, 19 July, 2020 - 16:35

Hutton was a hero of, see our posts from August-September 2003.

An occasion to mark the anniversary of this blog, started on 3 August 2003. As we explained elsewhere, Jean-Paul Guisan (aka Guillaume Barry) and I were inspired to start one by reading blogs ourselves, notably the Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan. He stopped 5 years ago, being a confirmed commentator in mainstream media - but it's due to reappear as The Weekly Dish! Behold!

#politix #webpublishing

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    L'avenir est à la proportionnelle partout!

    François Brutsch · Tuesday, 17 December, 2019 - 18:06

Un post à lire sur Un Swissroll, avec peut-être une adaptation anglaise à venir...


  • Partis: fin de la dualité et pas seulement du clivage gauche / droite

    L'avenir est à la proportionnelle partout! Cela fait un moment que je ne crois plus au clivage gauche / droite: la droite n'est de loin pas (ou plus) la caricature que l'on en fait à gauche; la gauche ne s'est pas trouvé de nouvelle raison d'être depuis que la combinaison d'une économie de marché ré

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    Death of Labour and rebirth of a progressive party

    François Brutsch · Monday, 16 December, 2019 - 14:32 edit · 1 minute

On Un Swissroll, my take on the British General Election (in French). I share here my views on the state of the Left and it's future.

The 2015 surprise election of Corbyn as leader of Labour has been followed by a complete change of the party:

  • The fraction of far left dinosaurs around Corbyn has taken over all the levers of control inside the party. They have no intention to surrender them despite their appalling result at the General Election: they want a corbynite after Corbyn.

  • After 4 years the composition of the membership has been transformed, thanks to waves of younger and idealistic members: the party is now solidly out of tune with the aspirations of the voters and society at large, and revolutionarily proud of it!

Some people have started (re)joining Labour in order to take part in the election of the next leadership. But it will go nowhere without organising a proper campaign to transform the party again: now is not the time to trust some invisible hand! Basically, we need a drive for one million Labour (former) voters to join, but where is the potential leader with a clear program of renewal? I don't really see this happening.

However, there is an alternative: accepting that we are at the end of an historical cycle for a Left based on class struggle (after all, Social-Democracy did win the argument for a regulated market economy with welfare provision!). Corbyn has destroyed Labour, but Johnson is also destroying the old Right.The next elections will be in 4 or 5 years. Now is the time to build anew the two main parties.

Better to abandon the politically, ethically and financially bankrupt remains of the Labour Party to the corbynites. We need the 120 or 150 pragmatic MPs (at the start) to breakaway and elect their leader, who will immediately take over as leader of HM Opposition and the Shadow Cabinet, then call on Labour members and all interested citizens to join and for Unions to stop supporting the corbynite party. They have nothing to loose and a few years to organise. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan joining the new party could be a welcome boost...


  • Elections britanniques 2019

    La défaite du Labour de Corbyn est historique, mais ne suffira probablement pas à sauver la gauche traditionnelle de la disparition Six semaines de campagne. Jamais eu autant de visites à domicile ((Le canvassing est la forme usuelle d'activisme des campagnes électorales anglo-saxonnes, dont je me d

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