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We don't know, but they polled more strongly in their debut election (last May's European election) than, for instance, any of the Pirate parties. And they have momentum right now.

I should point out that the leading team, Iglesias, Monedero and especially Errejón are very politically savvy.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 28th, 2014 at 08:10:01 PM EST
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I wish I had a better idea of what the actual operation of the "circles" looked like, but I get the impression that the leadership team is solid.  That they've been able to translate indignation into actual political action is a sign that they are better organized than Occupy.  

In the US, Occupy took a very anti-politics turn very quickly, which is a problem if you want actual change. The problem was that the consensus model empowered the crazies, because it essentially meant that whoever could drag out a meeting the longest won. That doesn't bode well for a movement predicated on mass participation, because they masses have other commitments, like a job.

I have hopes for Podemos, if nothing else than that some success might provide a model for a new populist Left in the developed world. Occupy ended up as a simulacra of the indignados, because the whole show was initiated by an ad agency, but perhaps Spain can teach the world how to convert indignation into political action if Podemos can succeed.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Oct 29th, 2014 at 12:51:32 PM EST
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Get some grant money and come over to study it :D

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 29th, 2014 at 01:27:01 PM EST
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I'm not going to even be able to finish my phd so that wont be happening.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Oct 29th, 2014 at 02:09:14 PM EST
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