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I think what we ought to do, since the French,  German, and Italian left seem so bereft of ideas now, is to create a manifesto for them, a set of policy proposals that would seriously address the problems of slow growth and high unemployment, but in a way that preserves the traditional European commitment to social justice.

There's potentially plenty of material available - Sweden, the Netherlands, Ireland, for example, are all countries that have recently faced economic crises and recaptured economic dynamism without totally succumbing to neoliberal nostrums. We might examine what lessons they hold for the bigger economies. We might also investigate what left policy intellectuals have come up with.

by TGeraghty on Thu Jul 21st, 2005 at 12:04:57 AM EST
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TG, This is an EXCELLENT idea!! I'm sure others will climb on board a project like this. The question is, where to start, but this is an excellent opportunity to also develop our "open source community" around a project. I have been amazed to watch people utlize Daily Kos as a forum to organize investigative journalistic reports (eg, the White House fake reporter scandel, the Downing Street Minutes, etc), and really come up with some material that "grew legs" and made (is making) serious journalistic and political impact. So...where to start...perhaps we should start with a diary, in which we discuss your idea, getting other peoples input, discussing how to break down research into discrete areas, so certain people, or groups of people, could research it together. Maybe we can talk a little more in this thread about how to organize it, who will start off the diary, who will be project director(s), etc. We could engage other Euro blogs too. (etc., etc.) Heck, we have our first success with Irishhead's project on the front page, so we know that a litle energy put in the right direction can make a big impact!  What do you think? Anyone else out there game??

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Jul 21st, 2005 at 02:15:01 AM EST
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The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Jul 21st, 2005 at 07:22:55 AM EST
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I think it could really be useful. With all the diaries that have been published so far, we're already off to a pretty good start. I'm certainly willing to participate.
by TGeraghty on Thu Jul 21st, 2005 at 03:59:23 PM EST
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What's the next step? A new diary? Collect links to the existing diaries in a "mega-diary"?

Also, Jerome had a bunch of issues that he planned to write about.

by TGeraghty on Thu Jul 21st, 2005 at 07:30:08 PM EST
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I will start a new diary, as a way to begin discussion on how to proceed with this (It's Friday the 22nd, so will post it later today...and it can be on the diary list awhile). I'll link as many of the recent diaries as I can...and we can then develop it from there. Stay tuned...and GREAT idea!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Jul 22nd, 2005 at 06:08:05 AM EST
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