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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 10:04 AM

3. In much of Europe the center-left has constructed societies with high/progressive taxes,

effective national health care systems and strong unions and safety nets.

Defending that status quo from attacks from the far-right is more complicated than in the US where the status quo is much worse. The far-right - both in Europe and the US - seeks to define "the people" along more racist and nationalist/xenophobic lines than does the center-left which has a more non-racial, pan-European and global perspective.

I agree that the left should always defend "the people" (using a broad definition) from conservatives of both the corporate variety (which skew power and money to the 1%) and the far-right "populist" variety who defend only "the people" who meet their very narrow and immoral criteria.

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