Sunday, April 16, 2006

Europe: Leftward Ho!

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Newsweek Int.: The West is Red Again, 16 Apr 2006
A rancorous election in Italy, protests in France. The Bolshie old days are back.

...For Europeans who want a moderate compromise between social justice and the seemingly inescapable imperatives of the global market, none of this is good news. "People like me who believe the left can be a moderate force—we have failed," says Lucia Annunziata, one of Italy's most prominent commentators. "We are stuck in the medieval notion that there is an aristocracy and a people, and the people want a piece of what the aristocracy had—a life subsidized enough to have a minimum of work and a maximum of pleasure." Of course, no European government—left or right—can deliver that....

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