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I disagree with Cohn-Bendit about the European Left, though. It seems to me what they are trying to do is grope for an alternative model of globalization that preserves openness and generates more trade, but in a way that preserves rich-world living standards and doesn't put all the costs onto workers. They are trying to come to terms with globalization.

What do you disagree about with Cohn-Bendit? He is exactly promoting what you describe (adapting to globalisation and not putting all the costs on workers) with the additional sensitivity to ecological issues. On most topic I have found him to be pragmatic about tools while never losing sight of the long term goals.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 04:36:20 AM EST
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I didn't get to read the article (link didn't seem to work), so if that's what he meant, then I agree with that sentiment.

I just disagree with the view that the left as a whole is  putting its' collective head in the sand with respect to globalization (which may be a mis-interpretation of what he is saying). Some people are, sure, but others are trying to deal with it.

by TGeraghty on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 10:26:33 AM EST
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And some people are taking advantage of it. Without mobile communications, the internet and cheap travel the anti-globalization movement would not exist as a global movement. It would be a collection of disconnected pockets of discontent.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 10:36:29 AM EST
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What Dany Cohn-bendit means is that too many people from the French left haven't yet acknowledged the fact that we live in a market-based economy and stick to an old model of state-run economy. I am afraid he's right!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 04:21:53 PM EST
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