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Here I was actually thinking more of European politics. The success of SYRIZA in Greece, and the rising fortunes of Linke in Germany a few years ago, only served to push the center-left further to the center. Yet, AfD, LePen in France, and the UKIP have turned far less success into far, FAR more influence nationally and far more adoption of their policies by the center-Right.

The US has a long history of ignoring popular mobilization, on both sides of the aisle, and is a different kettle of fish. It took a good 20 or 30 years for the loony right to really take over the Republican party, after all.

by Zwackus on Thu Jan 26th, 2017 at 05:50:18 AM EST
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