“On the Barricades” — s04e08
This is the final segment of our current special coverage of the Ukrainian war, in which the co-host of “On the Barricades” spoke with Pat Byrne, a political analyst, socialist activist, and historian of the European left, on March 1. Ways forward for Ukraine are discussed in this installment. Pat and Boyan begin by asking why the conflict’s resolution and next steps aren’t even being discussed. Some ideas, such as “Finlandization” of Ukraine, are quickly dismissed. Some speculate that the Russian army will only take parts of the country. Others argue that the goal is to cover the entire territory. There are rumors that once the military operation is completed, Ukraine will hold a series of referendums. So far, the negotiations in Belarus have been fruitless.
Pat Byrne proposes a socialist program for Ukraine that is practical (not utopian) and explains how reorganizing the economy, society, and thus politics can alter the current situation and be applied.
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Bulgarian and Polish activist, journalist, editor, publisher and translator. In the late `90 active in the Polish left and later in the labor movement, particularly the biggest Polish labor confederation — The All-Poland Trade Union Alliance. Until 2012 editor-in-chief of its weekly magazine. Contributor at Baricada.org and Strajk.eu, Polish correspondent for the Bulgarian National Radio.
Currently working as an editor and journalist for the Polish labor portal Strike and as a correspondent to the Bulgarian National Radio in Poland.