Tropes about the left… March 22, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
It’s never very heartening to read BTL on any article, but this piece by John Downing from quite a while back had me sitting up and thinking. The piece was essentially about the Right2Change initiative and had some thoughts on the orientation of various forces both inside and outside it. But the comments were fascinating. One cliche after another about the ‘left’.
Yes we have seen how syriza have done in Greece. Thanks but no thanks lads. It doesn’t matter how often your ideology fails everywhere it is tried, you still don’t learn. Please all head to Cuba where everyone is so happy (or else).
Socialists always run out of other peoples money. Hope people will look at what what happened in Greece and not vote for these policies that will not work and however bad things may be now they will only make things much worse if elected.
[just on the above, it doesn’t even make sense in its own terms, given that Syriza is implementing orthodoxy].
Broad brush generalisations abounded:
The problem with the political left is not rooted in its people, but in their fractious, bitter and ultimately failed ideology. Vicious and at times murderous internecine conflict has been a constant and endemic feature of every socialist or communist regime in history, wherever and whenever it has been tried.
Put Sinn Fein, Anti Everything Aliiance, People bringing Populism and Brendan Ogle together and all you have is a recipe for a Greek Tragedy. None of these parties can get a set of credible economic figures let alone sit down and argue what their real priorities are in terms or A but not B.
Not everybody who was anti water-charges supports Right2Change. Trade unions are notoriously jealous about self-promotion and protecting their own patch. But most trade unionists regard their union telling them how to vote, as an unwelcome intrusion. For anybody who is totally intent on voting against FG/FF/Labour, the alternatives are thin enough. As it currently looks, Right2Change have no clear policies, nothing specific apart from abolishing Water Charges and LPT. Taxing the rich sounds fine in theory but it hasn’t worked anywhere that I know of. The Greek Syriza party is now implementing Centre/Right policies. Many of the isolated, independent TDs who support this voting pact will themselves, be eaten up by the Sinn Fein tiger.
Of course much of this is blowhards – we’ve seen a fair few of them on the CLR over the years, but these charges do resonate, and they have a political impact. I’m not sure how one goes about countering that sort of informal hegemony, any ideas?