Monday, July 20, 2015

The Left: Willy-Nilly Favors Free-Market Democracy?

Writing for The Point, Daniel Luban argues in "Forward with Fukuyama" that the 'End of History' is still among us, with the democratic, free market system the only real solution to humanity's problems, so much so that even the Left agrees:
The point was driven home with great clarity in a recent speech by Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the darling of the left since Syriza's electoral victory. The experience of recent decades, he argued, demonstrates the futility of hoping that crisis would inevitably lead to something better. "The left must admit that we are just not ready to plug the chasm that a collapse of European capitalism would open up with a functioning socialist system." As a result, Varoufakis suggested, Syriza finds itself in the unlikely position of trying "to save European capitalism from itself," however ambivalently it might approach this task.
Well . . . perhaps Varoufakis can see this clearly, but much of the Left does not. Nor does a little snag called Islamism . . .

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