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The failure of the Green party in Ireland and other Green parties to deliver on their stated social justice and economic sustainability agenda has confirmed an intuition that I have long held; that neither of these are compatible with capitalism, or at least the very least the form of capitalism we currently suffer from.

And how can we ever have imagined it could be so?  How can a political and economic system dedicated to short term gain of the few ever deliver the long-term planning and social change necessary for a sustainable and just economy?  Consequently, the only Greens that can justifiably call themselves so are anti-capitalist Greens.  Of which there are many - but they are as scarce as hens teeth in Green coalition governments.

Tactically, it must mean that genuinely Green parties must drive hard bargains, be prepared to walk out of coalition when their policies get watered down, and be willing to spend more time in opposition.  And I mean by opposition not just parliamentary opposition.  Being a well-meaning nice person just doesn't cut it.

by Pope Epopt on Sat Dec 4th, 2010 at 08:13:04 AM EST
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Can you make this a diary?

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 4th, 2010 at 08:16:26 AM EST
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yeah, seconded!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Dec 7th, 2010 at 05:29:26 PM EST
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... like they think they are special interest parties, and so pursue internal contradictions like adopting "fiscal responsibility" to look serious when arguing for specific ameliorations of the devastation to our life support system ...

... when the "fiscal responsibility" hurdle is there precisely to hamstring the ability of governments to do what they in reality have the resources to do ~ inventing artificial constraints based on the rules of the game that we have invented, as an excuse for why we cannot respect the real constraints based on the rules of the game that invented us.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 12:17:57 PM EST
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