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New American Socialist in Euro politics

by Jeffersonian Democrat Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 11:06:33 AM EST

Special thanks to DoDo and Ritter for their informative insights into German political parties in the twilight of the gods diary.  I took the advice to heart and after reading more information I've sent for a membership packet from the Linkspartei.

Since I am a new immigrant from the US to Germany, I decided to get involved in the political process of my new country.  Not only country however, but also continent.  Metatone's diary today of a pan-European party struck my interest and if I'm going to be a European in two years, then working toward a pan-Euro Left seems like a worthy goal.  Nevertheless it starts at home and that's why I am getting involved at the local level ... now if I can just find that L'Internationale ringtone for my cell phone!

So this quick diary is just a personal one of one person rolling up the sleeves in their new country to fight for a better future.  I will be proud the day I become an EU citizen.

Oh, and Ritter, you're on for X-mas, thanks for the invite.


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I'm impressed, you are diving in!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 01:50:41 PM EST
Welcome, but remember that in Europe we don't subscribe to "Europe: love it or leave it", the left because of the "leave it" and the right because of the "love it".

By the way, membership in a European party is quite different from voter registration in the US. It qualifies you as an activist whereas a US registered voter is just a sympathiser. A few years ago the Spanish Socialist party realized they could benefit from keeping track of sympathisers as well as members (whom we call "militants" is Spain, actually). You will also find that voter registration is pretty much automatic in Europe.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 02:04:00 PM EST
Thanks Migeru,
It's funny you mention Spain.  I am writing my dissertation on Brecht, Mayakovsky, and Lorca and how they used poetry to affect the aesthetics of theater to promulgate their ideology.  So Spain is dear to my heart as well.  Well, I guess I'm an activist then, so be it. I have to say that I really enjoy the absence of the "love it or leave" it mentality, it is more like "let's get something done" mentality.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 02:53:26 PM EST
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emember that in Europe we don't subscribe to "Europe: love it or leave it", the left because of the "leave it" and the right because of the "love it".

That's a great line!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 03:12:03 PM EST
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proved useful for something!

I firmly intend to write more (and hopefully much better!) diaries in future.

Welcome to Europe and eurotrib...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 03:44:10 PM EST


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