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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:09 AM

The Rapid Fall of the Left (From the Atlantic)

Find the time to read the whole thing, it's the feelgood story of the day.



Sunday’s elections in Greece provide the strongest indication to date that the left is now in deep crisis.

Yascha Mounk
Contributing writer at The Atlantic

A few short years ago, the far left was resurgent. Fringe politicians such as Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, Greece’s Alexis Tsipras, and France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon were turning into the standard-bearers of the mainstream left. Meanwhile, in the United States, Bernie Sanders was staging a surprisingly robust primary challenge against Hillary Clinton, the anointed heir to the Democratic Party.

Progressive commentators, activists, and politicians argued that the far left was about to conquer Europe, and that the best way forward for Democrats was to ride the red wave to victory. “Jeremy Corbyn has given us a blueprint to follow for years to come,” wrote Bhaskar Sunkara, the founder of Jacobin. Representative Ro Khanna, the leader of the Justice Democrats in the House, argued that the populist message adopted by leftist leaders in Europe “is not just morally right—it’s also strategically smart.”

But reports of socialism’s resurrection were greatly exaggerated. Recent electoral defeats in Europe suggest that the much-heralded red wave crested before it reached the shore.

For decades, the European left was dominated by moderate social democrats. Though the far left had a minor presence in most European parliaments, and many establishment parties contained radical currents within them, it was the moderates who ultimately called the shots.

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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:23 AM

1. The Far Left's popularity tends to ebb rapidly when the issue of who pays the bill comes up.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:42 AM

2. Free stuff is awesome

until somebody has to pay for it.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:15 AM

3. Also when

 

People actually start seeing the results of their ideologies becoming policy.

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