The Confused Nation
I refer here specifically to the "progressive" magazine which considers itself the standard bearer for the left in the US, such as it is. On one page we have an article titled "Europe Lurches Right" explaining how neoliberal social democracy is a dead project, especially the variation known as New Labour.The recent elections made clear that the forces of reaction are ascendent. On the very next page is an article by Walter Mosley ( who knows better) called Ten Things You Can Do To Stimulate A New Economy. Is one of them End The Profit System? No. It's all about "kinder, gentler" markets and "good banks", in other words, social democracy. Their economics correspondent William Greider just wrote a book called "The Future of the American Dream" where he urges government intervention and changed consciousness. The cover story is about college debt. All progressive pap and Green dreams that refuse to confront the real contradictions.
Market Democracy is a dead-ender, I don't care if you call it "social" and put all kinds of little welfare programs around it. Yes I am for a single-payer health care system but I have no illusions about that being the end of the working class struggle. Hardly. It is simply a new chapter and is useless unless it brings about worker control.
At least the right-wing in Europe is somewhat straight forward in it's nationalism and zenophobic agenda. (here they call themselves "libertarians") Allied with the corporate class it is indeed a dynamic and dangerous combo (y'all remember WWII ) and it's hate for The Other can mean bad news for the Left-Left. The Nation magazine surely understands this but just- can't- quite break from it's progressive hope in reform and legislation. Maybe after their health-care dreams and Employee Free Choice Act dreams and Colombia Free Trade dreams come crashing down they will see that compromising with capitalism is the enablers addiction. Despite all the sweet talk and promises it will always abuse, perhaps this time with a Nazi flair.