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The European right is not unhinged as its American counterpart, but it has scary authoritarian and xenophobic instincts.

On the economy, however, the claim is true: there is no left/right divide any more. Ideologically there seems to be no alternative economic paradigm ready to take over from what has been called the intellectual collapse of neoliberal economics.

But there is one aspect in which the traditional left/right divide can be said to survive, and that is solidarity as a value, which is really the distinguishing feature. The right doesn't do solidarity, they do compassion if anything.

The Authoritarian/Libertarian and the various versions of Nationalism/Federalism axes are alive and well.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 30th, 2009 at 03:43:58 PM EST

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