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Actually, things are related in many ways: Blair followed Clinton as Reagan followed Thatcher. Merkel's economics theories are very much Chicago School - not in tune with the traditional economics of the German right. The collapse of the Social Democratic state in Sweden shows many similarities to the collapse of the FDR democrats in the US. Similarities in social structure produce similar (although far from identical) results - and of course these nations are all influencing each other. The long reign of Bush helped Merkel to power and helped Blair move far to the right and so on.

Not to mention that European "left" professors often drift West. The performance artist Zizek and the deeply confused David Harvey are both in New York, and today I learned that Perry Anderson is in LA.

by rootless2 on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 02:12:52 PM EST
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