In post-apartheid South Africa, social movements are using direct action to fight privatization, displacement and police brutality. The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign's Ashraf Cassiem talks about their work opposing neoliberalism on the ground, helping poor people to self-organize to fight eviction, turn back on water and electricity for which they cannot afford to pay, and resist the commodification of basic resources.
The Right has very effectively mobilized people on the basis of religion and populism. Could and should the Left learn from this? And could some form of religion serve as the basis for the type of collectivity that could help engender a utopian future? Radical philosopher Simon Critchley talks about the failure of liberal democracy, Obama, neo-anarchism, and his political feud with Slavoj Žižek.