Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Without socialism the "left" is nothing

Although Marko Attila (sic) Hoare is correct in this Guardian article to point to the ideological bankruptcy of the left, he is less sure in trying to analyse the right:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/29/what-does-left-wing-mean-redistribution-wealth?CMP=twt_gu

Left-wing must mean socialism, the collective principle applied to society, but socialism has become discredited.

Without socialism the "left" is nothing, therefore their descent into self-doubt and increasing irrelevance.

The right on the other hand has a complete programme for society - Christian, monarchist, nationalist (mildly), traditionalist (of course), family-orientated, self-reliant, venerating private property, valuing individual liberty.

This all comes as a package, for instance it would be difficult (if not impossible) to have a Conservative society without Anglicanism (however lefty the clerics get). 

Marko Hoare sees none of this, and tells us the only dividing line is one of economics - which seems a very marxist way of looking at the situation.

I also suspect that Mr Hoare confuses Conservatives with libertarians (they are very different).

But the failure of ideological leftism is a tribute to the strength of Conservatism.

Increasingly the left (by which we must mean the Labour Party) is reduced to crying "me too (but slightly differently)" to the Conservative vision of society.

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