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The vacuum is not intellectual, it is moral: The modern left is mostly concerned with giving more access to consumer goods to the supposedly "have-nots". Considering the standard of living in Europe, I speculate that most of the Euro middle classes have more consuming goods than the fair share that can be possible distributed with resources of Earth divided by 7 Billion.

There is an intellectual and moral problem that makes the left loose elections: the acceptance of sacrificing some as unemployed to the angry god of markets and the lack of an economic narrative confronting this practise. As long as the left refuses to use the state as employer of last resort, the existence of a large unemployed group will be used as an argument against the position of the employed as well as a starting point for various campaigns against the lazy poor.

I agree that the living-standard of Europe is unsustainable, and I think that radical change is needed. But I do not think this is why the left is losing elections. The idea of down-sizing is not that popular.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu May 12th, 2011 at 04:00:08 AM EST
I have seen quite enough to descend to a most basic suspicion: total corruption or suicidal collusion of the left leaders in the West, and then by "expert" advice or intimidation everywhere else basically. Yeah, that reeks of New World Order stepstones. But even a shallow conspiracy is feasible: infiltrate the leftish parties, push through media and from inside own men to the top, lull their core and base to a comfortable feeling of being represented, and then slowly turn around.

This looks like a helpless picture. But let's face it: the push towards this free market capitalism was very consistent, well organized and rather unopposed in the last 20-30 years. The left politics just stopped evolving - it actually reversed its holdings and sophistication, devolved. This makes most sense as an artificial, directed process. Now, we nerds here can hardly do anything to reverse the tide (if we ever tried to act). We just have a chance to foresee more objectively whether this is going further, take care of ourselves, and perhaps a bit more.

by das monde on Thu May 19th, 2011 at 03:04:42 AM EST
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