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The Social Democrats adopted Neoliberal economic thinking in the 90s to remain serious and electable and so became Social Liberals in all but name. The result is not entirely surprising, and people turn conservative in a crisis.

The Spanish election early next year will kick out the last Social Democratic incumbent elected before the crisis started. And then we'll have 4 years to see if the SocDems have managed to reinvent themselves on the economic front or not.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 02:32:30 AM EST
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That then is of easy answer: they will not re-invent themselves in any fair way.

People are highly influenced by the companies they keep. Last time I checked soc dem parties seem to be in pretty bad companies these days.

Furthermore, it would be difficult, at least in some places, to get good company anyway: The way labour is disorganized.

The solution lies elsewhere. Where? Good question.

by cagatacos on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 02:42:49 AM EST
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