Comments on: Left’s labor lost: Why Europe’s social democrats are on the ropes http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: meleze http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1046383 Thu, 21 May 2015 14:26:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1046383 The Piketty’s book a year ago has just been a superficial wave. In every country you quote were the social democrats are loosing, conservative formations have asked for more inequity, more wealth, more nationalism on contrary of the Piketty’s capital of the 21st century was arguing to.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1045351 Mon, 18 May 2015 15:26:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1045351 Maybe voters have come to realize there really isn’t any “other people’s money” that government can confiscate and redistribute?

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1045350 Mon, 18 May 2015 15:25:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1045350 Maybe voters have come to realize there really isn’t any “other people’s money that government can confiscate and redistribute?

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By: Moties001 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1045346 Mon, 18 May 2015 14:37:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1045346 The left can rename itself any number of times, but the fundamental fact is people are no longer swayed by the rhetoric of the left. Social media has enabled people to discuss issues in a more open and transparent way. And the base truth is that the message given by the right is having more impact and relates to working people in a way that the old left can no longer aspire to.

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By: nbtween http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1044214 Sun, 17 May 2015 02:20:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1044214 The left has good intentions but misunderstands human nature. Fairness is not providing to those who don’t deserve, but providing a system for those who get rewards and benefits for initiative, hard work and discipline.

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By: evilhippo http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1044201 Sat, 16 May 2015 13:34:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1044201 The left lost because too many people saw through the absurd 1% rhetoric (you know, that greedy 1% paying almost 30% of all income tax), and laughable talk of ‘fairness’ to a population with ubiquitous smart phones and cheap food, made up of a now vast middle class who are the defining economic demographic of modernity.

The left simply has nothing relevant to say or offer to most people.

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By: Pontryagin http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1044199 Sat, 16 May 2015 12:33:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1044199 A good idea concerning what the left could do about the technological advances: impose capital controls, give power to the working people instead of the employers and root for socialism.

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By: Niegol http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1044198 Sat, 16 May 2015 12:02:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1044198 The left has forgotten its ideological roots, and as a pragmatic policy, fails to drive home its added value. The suggestions the author makes about what leftwing parties might do (state sponsorship of industry, tradebarriers and protectionism) are not the core of leftwing politics. Interestingly, the real core of what the left should stand up for is more relevant now than any time in the last 20 years. The inequality of reward, the selfenrichment of industry leaders and bankers, and the stagnation of wealth for the middle class. These are topics that the left should use as standards to rally around. If there is discontent with the famous “1%”, let us mobilise the 99% by supporting their point of view, by being the champion of the middle class. Instead, the left is viewed as powerless to stop the selfenrichment of moguls, part of the same corrupt system concerned only in for own interests, and tied hand and foot to exactly those that the left should be protecting the powerless against.

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By: bluepanther http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1043863 Fri, 15 May 2015 17:15:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1043863 Many of the parties on the left, especially Labour, were also blindsided by voters who increasingly resent their emphasis on “identity politics” in place of economic issues.

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By: KG2015 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/15/lefts-labor-lost-why-europes-social-democrats-are-on-the-ropes/#comment-1043685 Fri, 15 May 2015 13:53:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40417#comment-1043685 Governments have to help their economies create jobs rather than create dependence upon government, i.e. taxpayer, handouts. Unfortunately for the United States, our news organizations are promoting a far left leaning agenda which encourages the exportation of jobs and government handouts to keep people reliant upon a particular political party. Sadly, the “conservative” party is more than happy to help by agreeing with trade policies that will enrich their political backers while further hurting the middle / working class families.

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