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The problem with "craven" is that it distracts from issues of power politics to issues of celebrity character. The leadership of PSOE may well be craven, the leadership of the British Labor party might be corrupt, but the forces governing their decisions are economic, geopolitical and sociological. No? Railing about the perceived character flaws of political figures seems a distraction.

And it's peculiar to me how focused on national politics the "left" has become. Why are there not left wing mayors and regional/local officials making the case for radical politics in most western nations? It's quite interesting to see how much of an effect Laguardia had on New Deal politics - the populist mayor of a big city with a huge media presence.

by rootless2 on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 04:34:22 PM EST
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