Saturday, 3 October 2009

Bucking the trend

Two national elections in Germany and Portugal last week were of note because of the relative success of the Left. June's European Union elections witnessed the steady progress of the nationalist right, so we do indeed live in interesting times. This blog has always advocated that the anti-globalist milieu should adopt a pluralistic and pragmatic approach - turning groups and individuals away because they're not 'on message' is a road to nowhere. If the so-called 'Left' (an old fashioned term) truly opposes the global elites, multinational corporations and one-worldism then they should be supported. Likewise for the 'Right'. But if either camp clearly sides with our political, economic and cultural elites then they should be opposed.

In Germany the Marxist Die Linke ('The Left') overtook the once mighty Greens with 11% of the vote and 4.7M constituency votes to the Greens' 3.9M - although the Green vote itself was up 4% to 9.2%. The nationalist NPD vote held up on 768k. Interestingly the Ecological Democratic Party (which is made up of more conservative minded Greens not subscribing to the left-liberal shibboleths of open borders, 'human rights', feminism etc) grabbed 105 thousand votes, thereby proving that there is a market for a Green politics which is not the preserve of the cultural Marxists.

In Portugal the Trotskyite Left Bloc did well taking just under 11% of the vote and just ahead of the 'official' Communist/Green alliance. The small Third Positionist National Renewal Party (PNR) held steady on 11,614 votes - nothing grand but the fact that their vote held up should have given heart to these sincere anti-globalists.

You have to be an optimist in this game and these results show that although voters express it very differently, there is a substantial section of the public who are obviously dissatisfied with the current set up of 'Neo-liberalism/Neo-Conservatism like it or lump it'. But despite their shared opposition to global capitalism there is still a wide gulf between the nationalists and internationalists. The challenge for those who have had enough of the dogmas and bigotry from all quarters, is to forge a new politics, to bridge the gap and create a culture of self-determination within the anti-globalist movement and replacing the current dictatorship of one or other macro-ideology. The days of 'Our Way or No Way' have long passed their sell-by date.

If you believe in an ideology, you don't own it - it owns you