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One think that I thought of when writing was that, clearly, there was a time when quite a few people on the left would have shown a marked tendency to refuse facts. However, they would probably not have called themselves liberal.

And it has been a well known phenomenon, in France at least, that many people formerly associated with the far left joined the far right as the left got weaker, largely with the problems experienced by Eastern Europe. Maybe they had a stronger attachment to simplistic slogans and anti-intellectualism than to the values they claimed to defend (it's hard otherwise to conceive going straight from internationalism to racism).

Nevertheless, the end point is that, at the moment, not only has the right become a magnet to attract almost all of the slogans crowd, this quasi-monopoly means that it is now a very strong part of their supporters. And this looks like a throwback to very grim times.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Apr 9th, 2014 at 04:59:03 AM EST

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