Ms. Marina Subirats, a sociologist and a member of the socialist municipal government of Barcelona, Spain, where the Olympic Games were celebrated in 1992, recently declared to the media what is, in her opinion, the present ideology of the political left, that she proudly represents. Few times, if any, one significant leftist spoke so clearly, and in such terms that the behavior of todayâ€™s political leftists can be so perfectly understood from his speech. I think that you, readers of Turnabout, will really enjoy knowing the clear ideas of this leftist lady: “The true values of todayâ€™s left are based on a different position [with regards to the socially commited left of the past, perhaps?]: the authenticity, the acknowledgement of desire as the organizing principle of our life, the coherence of desire with action…, that is, to live without principles that are external, imposed, limiting, alien to our own needs or to our own personal truth… The moral of the left involves to take risks, to dare, to follow the personal impulses and, therefore, this line of thinking implies to develop scientific thinking that allows us to control a bit more our life conditions “. It could have been said louder but not clearer: desire, own desire, not anymore the old socialist â€œhistoric compromise with the working massesâ€, is the principle that organizes society, simultaneously helped by his unseparable twin, the rejection of any external principle, of any standard that is alien to oneself. And science as an element that helps them control the consequences of such devastating principles.
This is the sort of people that are leading European societies, because they are being democratically and massively voted by the working class in Europe (UK included). Common voters expect from them more hospitals, better schools, more even distribution of income, â€¦ But the basic philosophy of these rulers contains no commitments, no limitations, â€¦ only personal desire. Their own personal desire.
Going a bit further, I am amazed at how close this thinking is from that of the neoliberals that now control the US. Politicians such as European socialists and American neoliberals, that are supposed to be in the opposite sides of the political spectrum, think exactly the same. Is this the democracy of the 21st century?