Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I agree that it is a stretch to call the current measures socialist, and that the media selects for those who toe the line and tries to crush those against (as you'd guess from my diaries on Ypsilanti vs. the Schröderite Old Guard around Münte). I also would agree that these blanket statements serve to discredit all Socialists, even if they did warn before.

However, the Third Wayers, while subsequently abandoning most (Schröder, Brown) or all (Bliar) actual socialist ideas, did grow out of Socialism, and similar thinking rules the top ranks of virtually every European PES member party I can think of. Even pointing at a party's ideas on various topics when in opposition is little help, when one considers what for example Bliar campaigned for election in 1997. All of these parties had leaders who sold out to neoliberalism, even if all of them had prominent naysayers within the party.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 09:28:09 AM EST

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