Sliding Right: Can’t The Left Do Better Than Social Democracy?

Why is it that in the current capitalist crisis, it’s the right wing rather than the left that is providing alternatives? In the case of France we have an election between a nationalist and a market fundamentalist. The important point is that though the left wing candidate came in third, the program offered was a mealy-mouthed social democratic populist program. As this article points out these leftist programs would have been criticized as too mainstream in the 70’s. What has happened?

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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