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It is interesting, and a sign of our times, that agitation on the far-right seems able to whip center-right parties into line almost instantaneously, forcing them further and further down their own yellow brick trail to hell, while far-left agitation seems to have next to no effect whatsoever on the traditional center-left parties.
by Zwackus on Wed Jan 25th, 2017 at 08:44:45 AM EST
That is because, until Sander's campaign, the US never really had a left candidate. The Clinton's and Obama were centrist as are most Democratic elected officials. And that center is now to the right of where Eisenhower was. Over the time from Eisenhower to Bush 43 the 'Mainstream Media' really mattered, and, however liberal some claimed the reporting was, it was always owned and run by very wealthy people, most of whom were well to the right of Eisenhower and a lot of the very rich were true reactionaries - back to the 19th Century types.

It still took until the '80s to undermine what FDR had put in place. Bill Clinton really drove the stake through the heart of the New Deal philosophy with his confirmation of Reagan's themes of the end of welfare, etc. and new found disdain for unions. But he was such a relief after Ronnie and G.H.W. that I and most Democrats didn't appreciate the consequences of what he had done, even if we took issue with those things.

Too soon old, to late wise.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 26th, 2017 at 04:40:40 AM EST
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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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