by Ben Cohen
Fed up with the two party duopoly, disaffected citizens have created a powerful new force in German politics named the 'Die Linke' party. It is radically Left, pro wealth distribution, anti war, and much to the annoyance of the main stream parties, increasingly popular. Writes Kate Connolly:
Polls gives the party about 14%, but after huge gains recently made
in key regional elections at the end of August, where it won 21% in the
western state of Saarland, Die Linke is being seen as the party that
could shake up the political landscape in the 27 September vote.
policies of bigger parties, including the chancellor Angela Merkel's
CDU and its junior Social Democrat partner, are now seen to be
disturbingly similar in comparison.
Could a similar phenomenon happen in the United States? Quite possibly. If the Democrats continue to acquiesce to corporate demands, life won't get much better for the working poor. Despite what the corporate press will tell you, the U.S does have a vibrant history of labor led activism, and it could resurface at any given moment (also, if you haven't read Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States", I would certainly recommend doing so).
The lesson from Germany is that complacency breeds discontent, and discontent can dislodge power as soon as becomes organized. Just look at what happened in Venezuela and Bolivia.
The Democrats should certainly pay attention.