left-wing politics

Capitalist Chile vs Socialist Venezuela

Venezuela is a basket case and mostly because of their rampant socialism.

You don’t have to look far for suitable comparisons between successful capitalist countries vs collapsing socialism.

The story of Chile?s success starts in the mid-1970s, when Chile?s military government abandoned socialism and started to implement economic reforms. In 2013, Chile was the world?s 10th?freest economy. Venezuela, in the meantime, declined from being the world?s 10th freest economy in 1975 to being the world?s least free economy in 2013 (Human Progress?does not have data for the notoriously unfree North Korea).

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The greatest obstacle to defeating Islamic terrorism is left-wing politics



The left wing is strongly pro-immigration and sees it as a humanitarian gesture, rather than a calculated one, to bring in new skills and hard-working people who will contribute and assimilate well to our society.?It is also more concerned with the rights of criminals than of law-abiding citizens. ?These examples are two ways in which left-wing politics make it easy for Islamic terrorism to come to our shores. Daniel Greenfield is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. ?He explains that the left?wing’s culpability for Islamic terrorism is much more complex than just my two examples.

Men and women, some whose clothes were still marked with gray ash, walked dazedly toward Union Square. Many did not know what to do or where to go. So they kept on walking. They knew the country was under attack, but they did not know how bad it was or what might still be heading for them.

…In the coming days, the statue of Washington would be repeatedly vandalized by leftists drawing peace signs and ?No War? and ?War is Not the Answer? slogans on it. But that moment crystallized my realization that while Muslim terrorists had carried out the attack, it was the left we would have to fight.

While some New Yorkers had gone to help the victims of Islamic terrorists, the left had rushed to aid the terrorists. Unlike the rest of us, they were not shocked or horrified by the attack. They were treasonously working on ways to spin the murder of thousands of Americans to protect the enemy.

The greatest obstacle to defeating Islamic terrorism is still the left.

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Charging to view Karl Marx’ grave – excellent.

On a summer visit to the grave of Karl Marx, Ben Gliniecki found that he would have to pay ?4, or about $6, to pay respects to the man who sounded the death knell for private property.

Mr. Gliniecki, a Marxist, said no.

?Personally, I think it is disgusting,? the 24-year-old political activist said. ?There are no depths of irony, or bad taste, to which capitalists won?t sink if they think they can make money out of it.? ? Read more »

Trotter goes full retard, never go full retard

Chris Trotter woke up this morning and sat at the keyboard in his flannel pajamas and banged out the strangest of posts:

NEW ZEALANDERS are heading into a great storm of change. Much that is precious to us will pass away. As Pakeha we have grown accustomed to being the colonisers rather than the colonised. Loss of power will be a new experience for us. As the second great wave of colonisation washes over us, our best chance of survival will be to reach out our hands to the?tangata whenua – whose feet are sunk deepest in the earth of Aotearoa. In the storm of change that is coming, the strength which that position gives to Maori will make them the only solid point around which everything else twists and turns. If we, as Pakeha, do not reach out and grasp that strength, the fury of the storm will blow us far away.

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Speaking of losing his religion, Nick Cohen is done with the left-wing

Nick Cohen is a left wing columnist for The Spectator and he is done with the?left wing.

The left is why they leave the left. Never more so than today.

In the past, people would head to the exits saying, ?Better the centre right than the far left.? Now they can say ?better the centre right than the far right?. The shift of left-wing thought towards movements it would once have denounced as racist, imperialist and fascistic has been building for years. I come from a left-wing family, marched against Margaret Thatcher and was one of the first journalists to denounce New Labour?s embrace of corporate capitalism ? and I don?t regret any of it. But slowly, too slowly I am ashamed to say, I began to notice that left-wing politics had turned?rancid.

In 2007 I tried to make amends, and published What?s Left. If they were true to their professed principles, my book argued, modern leftists would search out secular forces in the Muslim world ? Iranian and Arab feminists, say, Kurdish socialists or Muslim liberals struggling against reactionary clerics here in Britain ? and embrace them as comrades. Instead, they preferred to excuse half the anti-western theocrats and dictators on the planet. As, in their quiet way, did many in the liberal mainstream. Throughout that period, I never heard the BBC demanding of ?progressives? how they could call themselves left-wing when they had not a word of comfort for the Iraqi and Afghan liberals al-Qaeda was slaughtering.

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The delusions of the left

Tim Stanley writes at The Telegraph about left wing politics and in particular the Labour party.

There are so many parallels with New Zealand it is uncanny.

The Labour Party that Jeremy Corbyn threw himself in to was in a similar state to today’s. In 1979, it was kicked out of government by Margaret Thatcher. The party?s Right said the only way to win again was to moderate. The Left argued that Labour lost because its government had rejected a radical programme drafted by the party. The biggest political problem, as they saw it, was a parliamentary Labour Party dominated by traitors and cowards. If only the party could exert discipline over MPs ? compel them to stick to the policies endorsed at conference ? then a revived Labour was bound to beat Thatcher in 1983. So the Left began an extraordinary effort to rewrite their party?s rules that included an electoral college with which to select the leader.

You?ll immediately spot two conceits that still define the Labour Left today.

1) Socialism could win an election if only the Labour leadership bothered to campaign on it.

2) The only real obstacle to a socialist victory is therefore the Right-wing of the Labour Party. ??

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UK Labour thinks voters got it wrong, it has learnt nothing, nothing I tell you

Just like in New Zealand the Labour party in the UK has declared that it was the stupid voters who got it wrong in the election, not their utter spastic of a leader, or their dead shit policies… nope, it is the voters.

Janet Daly at The Telegraph explains:

Labour is planning to conduct two (why two?) inquiries into its defeat, one of which is described as a truth and reconciliation commission, which gives you some idea of the scale of the calamity we are talking about here. When the loss of an election is likened, without irony, to the end of apartheid, we are in the realm of tragedy rather than mishap. Perhaps I can save those commissioners some time. I am not being sarcastic ? well, not entirely sarcastic. I have some sympathy for this apocalyptic view of events, and particularly for the fate of what looked for the longest time like a party that had come to terms with life as it is actually lived but which was dragged back into the mystification and purblind animus that had once all but destroyed it.

It is important for Labour to understand how this happened and for the rest of us to understand what the consequences for all party politics will be if the situation cannot be rectified. Because what happened to Labour is not just confined to Labour: the party?s bizarre return to a hard-Left conceptual framework ? with all the fear and loathing that attaches to that view of the world ? will infect the discourse not just of the electoral process but of social relations generally.

The distorted perspective and ugly language that had once appeared to be consigned, as Trotsky did not say, to the dustbin of history has again become commonplace in public debate. However risible or garbled it may now seem ? even to those who haven?t heard it all before ? it is still dangerous if only by virtue of its recklessness and irresponsibility. ? Read more »

Understanding Leftese [VIDEO]

Andrew Klavan explains some leftwing phrases…the sort of phrases that Labour politicians and their dwindling number of supporters like to use.

Words like “progressive” and “smart” as in “smart power”.

Let?s start with the word ?Progressive.? ?Progressive is a term used to refer to things like cancer or emphysema or leftism ? or indeed anything that slowly destroys whatever it touches. ?In political history, the term progressive replaced the term liberal when people realized liberalism didn?t work. ?Liberal had replaced the term leftist when leftism didn?t work. ?And leftist had replaced the term socialist when socialism didn?t work. ?Socialist, of course, had replaced the term progressive.

Used as a noun, a Progressive is someone who believes that mankind progresses and becomes more civilized over time. Examples of progress can be found throughout history. For instance, the Roman Empire was militaristic and imperialistic but humanity finally progressed beyond it into a thousand years of darkness and savagery. ?Or there was the Victorian era of sexual repression and racial chauvinism until we finally progressed into the glorious mass slaughter of World Wars, Holocaust and Communism. ?And then we got the iPhone so… ?you just have to be patient.

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Is the political left dead?

Pablo at Kiwipolitico thinks the political left are dead, “no more than a bunch of bumbling fantasists who make Kyle Chapman look like a strategic genius”.

Judging from recent events, the New Zealand Left is spent as a political force.

Some Left media types jumped at the opportunity to work for Kim Dotcom?s Internet Party (which is clearly based on the Pirate Party model, originally from Sweden but now with an international dimension that is anything but working class based). Material and personal motivations rather than ideological affinity apparently pushed these people to violate rudimentary conflict of interest and ethical standards.

That is symptomatic of the fact that the political (as opposed to cultural) Left is well and truly dead in New Zealand. The association (supplication?) of these ?progressives? with a cowboy capitalist who has zero Marxist inclinations is a travesty if not treason to any working class cause. In one case the class betrayal had a specific dollar amount and a proposed political candidacy attached to it.

That some on the Left would countenance Dotcom as a tactical ally (in that his party is supposed to siphon young urban professional votes away from National) demonstrates how bereft of ideas, agenda and praxis they have become.? Read more »

Trotter on the prospects of a new left party

Chris Trotter is a serious thinker of the left. Sure plenty dismiss him but he actually knows politics and isn’t so tribal as to dismiss commonsense. So it was with great interest that I read his latest missive about the so called New Left Party.

Basically Chris Trotter demolishes any sane argument and all the insane ones for the emergence of such a party.

In 2011, New Zealand is governed by a right-wing coalition supported by close to 60 percent of the electorate. The dominant partner in that coalition, the John Key-led National Party, has been supported by more than 50 percent of the voters for two straight years.

Does this sound like the right time to launch a New Left Party to you?

Who would join it?

Not the moderate, social-democratic Left: they have all returned to the Labour Party. Not the moderate, environmentalist Left: they have the Green Party.

This is important ? and not only because, between them, Labour and the Greens account for practically all of the Centre-Left vote. They also account for 99 percent of those who have the slightest idea about how to run an effective election campaign.

And if that doesn’t get the?message?through then how about this.

A crucial element in the success of Jim Anderton (ex-Labour) and Winston Peters (ex-National) was the large number of experienced election campaigners who rallied to their side. These people didn?t have to be taught how to fund-raise, organise a canvassing drive, or run an election-day system ? they already knew.

“No worries,” say the promoters of a New Left Party, “we?ll just game the MMP system by recruiting Hone Harawira. That way we can avoid the necessity of winning 5 percent of the Party Vote. If it?s good enough for Rodney Hide in Epsom ? it?s good enough for us.”

Hmmmm? Not sure that?s the slogan you?re looking for, Comrades. Besides, if you really think an electorally poisonous bunch of eco-anarchists, Maori nationalists, unreconstructed ?80s feminists and hard-core Marxist-Leninists are going to attract anything like Act?s vote in 2008 ? then you?re away with the fairies.

Just consider the stats: The combined 2008 vote of New Zealand?s Centre-Left parties (Labour Party, Greens, Progressives) was 975,734 or 41.62 percent of the Party Vote. Altogether, the Far-Left parties (Alliance, Workers Party, RAM ? Residents Action Movement) attracted just 3,306 votes or 0.14 percent.

It?s nowhere near enough, Comrades. Even if he won every vote in Te Tai Tokerau, Hone would still be on his own.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I want a new left party, I think the left wing deserves it, they should go right ahead and do it. It’s just that I subscribe to Trotter’s thinking on this one, not Bomber’s.