IT would be cliché at this point to say that 2020 has been a year to turn the world upside down – but that doesn’t stop it being reality.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world forever, and our most heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who have lost loved ones this year.
We’d also like to wish the happiest of Christmases to all our readers around the world. Redaction Politics readership has expanded throughout the year, and it would have been hard for us to keep going without your support.
Our site has sought to foster good-faith foreign policy debate on the left – which we’ll be continuing and expanding into 2021.
In our end of year review on New Year’s Eve, we’ll reveal our five most viewed articles of 2020. But for now, here is a selection of some of our other top stories – in no particular order.
Many left wingers insurgents in the Democratic Party have sought to challenge establishment candidates over the past few years. Two famous successes were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shock win over Joe Crowley in 2018 and, more recently, Jamaal Bowman’s victory over long time incumbent Eliot Engel.
Redaction Politics spoke to one of these candidates – Jess Scarane – who looked to unseat Chris Coons from the Senate. While she was ultimately unsuccessful, she put forward an insightful foreign policy alternative to Coons.
This was a clash of the titans.
The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and neoconservative darling John Bolton locked horns in a debate over international instability.
Varoufakis was returned to the Hellenic Parliament last year for the MeRA25 party, while Bolton has served as Trump’s National Security Advisor.
Debates around the continued status of the House of Windsor rage on across its realms, from Britain to Australia and Jamaica to Barbados.
In this opinion piece, Canadian journalist Scott Costen argues that the monarchy should be abolished, saying that Canada “long since shed its status as a colonial backwater dependent on Britain.”
Open Labour, the soft-left branch of the British Labour Party, recently published a pamphlet suggesting a future of the party’s foreign policy stance following Jeremy Corbyn’s disastrous defeat in 2019.
Labour MP Wayne David expressed his approval of the review to Redaction Politics, saying: “The authors believe, quite rightly, that Lisa Nandy has suggested how a relevant and radical foreign policy can build upon Robin Cook’s ‘ethical foreign policy’.”
This article sparked a spirited debate on Twitter over Labour’s foreign policy.
Universal Basic Income has shot into mainstream political discourse in a short space of time.
Perhaps most notably, Andrew Yang ran for the Presidency of the United States promising an unconditional monthly payment to all Americans.
In the UK, the centrist Liberal Democrats – who have suffered repeated electoral humiliations over the past half decade – recently voted to support UBI.
Our co-editor James Moules argues that the party can reclaim its relevance in British politics by campaigning for such progressive policy proposals.
Merry Christmas to you all!