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Just adding this for the record, since the first part seems to get lost so often:
Reinventing the Anti-Immigrant Wheel | Richard Seymour on Patreon
One would be entitled to be a little cynical of Merkel. Though often mistaken for some sort of bleeding-heart liberal, she had cheerfully baited migrants and Muslims, and declared multiculturalism a failure, and bears significant responsibility for the fortification of `Fortress Europe'. But when Wagenknecht attacked her, it was for suggesting that Germany could handle the refugee inflow. She later blamed Merkel's "uncontrolled border opening" and police cuts for causing a major attack carried out by an ISIS supported in Berlin in December 2016.

I find the whole article pretty useful. Overall I find it darkly funny that you call your leftist splitter group a "Sammelbewegung", a name that claims to be a broad collection of a movement. Wagenknecht's utterances have often been interpreted in something approaching bad faith to be much more racist than a straight reading would suggest. However, it is true that the point over which this split occurred, and it is a split, the Left party conference disagreed with the plan, is exactly the policy on refugees. The Wagenknecht faction basically adopted the mainstream (formerly right-wing) position wholesale. To no one's surprise I think that is a daft idea. However, while the positioning on the refugee question here looks like rank opportunism, there seems to be an ideological split happening on the European left, even from the currently low level.
There is the Diem left that still believes that the only hope lies in internationalism within the current institutions and the "Aufstehen" left that sees the way forward in conquering the power of the nation state.
Currently, both look rather unlikely.

by generic on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 09:10:14 AM EST
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