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News :: Labor
Not Extinct: The Intelligent Non-Satanic Leftist!
21 Apr 2006
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We have grown so accustomed to seeing the Left is little more than a collection of babbling moonbats and totalitarian crackpots that we all tend to forget that hiding in the shadows is a minority among the Left who are not overtly stupid and grossly evil. It is true that one has to search them out with effort to locate them.

Now, a large group of these leftist non-moonbats in the UK has issued what is being called the "Euston Manifesto." Its motivation seems to be to rescue the Left from its ultas, pro-terror anti-Semites and anti-democratic moonbats. The signers want to demonstrate that there really are some non-insane people left in the Left!

The initiators call themselves the Website of a new democratic progressive alliance. But from the very start, they part ways with the ultras and the moonbats. They begin:
"We decline to make excuses for, to indulgently "understand", reactionary regimes and movements for which democracy is a hated enemy - regimes that oppress their own peoples and movements that aspire to do so. We draw a firm line between ourselves and those left-liberal voices today quick to offer an apologetic explanation for such political forces."

They go on to defend human rights for all people, even for Jews. They endorse democracy (how refreshing from the Left!). Even more revolutionary, they reject anti-Americanism!!

"We reject without qualification the anti-Americanism now infecting so much left-liberal (and some conservative) thinking. ...The United States of America is a great country and nation. It is the home of a strong democracy with a noble tradition behind it and lasting constitutional and social achievements to its name. Its peoples have produced a vibrant culture that is the pleasure, the source-book and the envy of millions. "

It endorses solutions to the Middle East conflict that leave Israel intact as a Jewish state. "Vandalism against synagogues and Jewish graveyards and attacks on Jews themselves are on the increase in Europe. 'Anti-Zionism' has now developed to a point where supposed organizations of the Left are willing to entertain openly anti-Semitic speakers and to form alliances with anti-Semitic groups. We stand against all variants of such bigotry." It rejects oppression of women even when it is done by Moslems.
"We defend liberal and pluralist democracies against all who make light of the differences between them and totalitarian and other tyrannical regimes....We repudiate the way of thinking according to which the events of September 11, 2001 were America's deserved comeuppance, or "understandable" in the light of legitimate grievances resulting from US foreign policy. What was done on that day was an act of mass murder, motivated by odious fundamentalist beliefs and redeemed by nothing whatsoever. No evasive formula can hide that."

A list of the signers can be found here. None of these are Counterpunch writers.

The signers still entertain certain anachronistic ideas about markets and approve of certain PC notions, including protectionaism and anti-globalization. But these people certainly have hope and represent a radical awakening of sanity among the radicals. Indeed, one of these days, we expect them all to morph into intelligent neocons!!

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More proof that right-wing = idiot.
21 Apr 2006
"The United States of America is a great country and nation. It is the home of a strong democracy with a noble tradition behind it and lasting constitutional and social achievements to its name."

Strong democracy? We don't even elect our president, to call this a democracy is a sign of delusional mental illness.

"constitutional" - Constitutions are only meaningful and/or useless if you respect and implement them. This government does neither.

"social achievements" - No universal healthcare, a much higher percentage of the population in prison than any other country, the home of blogging cannibals, right-wing hate-mongers, and sociopaths with websites... Yeah, great social achievements!

The article is bull-shit.
Re: More Christopher Hitchens "Give War a Chance" writers
22 Apr 2006
I looked for the original document on line and followed a link to the New Statesman web site in the UK. The comments under the story are very insightful.....read them at http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/eustonmanifesto/2006/04/07/manifesto/

In the '50's there were a whole bunch of Communists Party/US members who quit the party as the truth about Stalinism became common knowledge. A fair number of Trotskyist writers broke with the Left over one war or other where they thought the Imperialist Western powers were slightly better than the state being invaded. They insisted they still agreed with the Left and socialist on most other questions. But shortly new problems arise. They begin to see things differently. The Right Wing idea start to make more sense to them. The Trotskyist writers ended up as "State Department Socialists." They could talk with Leftist sounding phrases and adress a Liberal/Radical audience and solicite support of the victory of US Imperialsim in Korea and Vietnam as better than a Communist lead overthrow of Capitalist property rights.

And thats what these guys in England sound like. You never step in the same stream twice; I don't know what kind of Leftists these guys thought they were when they were younger, I get the impression it was all reading and writting for them, these aren't leftist factory workers, but when someone supports the US invasion of Iraq...how can they possibly think of themselves as a Leftist.