Cracks and Fissures in Europe: Authoritarian Statism, the Hard Right and Challenges for the Left
November 21, 2017
Presenters: John Kannankulan and Stefan Kipfer
What is distinctive about the new conjuncture is the growing delegitimation of the key institutional supports of neoliberal hegemony, which have sponsored the making of global capitalism under its ideological auspices. This stretches from the bureaucracies of the European Union, the IMF, and the WTO and, in the context of the Trump presidency, to possibly even the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, whose capacity to manage the economic contradictions of capitalist globalization will be severely challenged. The most visible expression of this institutional crisis is the delegitimation of all the political parties of the centre-left and centre-right that promoted neoliberal globalization. But it is important to note that this is not a matter of the ideology promoting capitalist globalization having only recently and suddenly become unpopular. There has long been opposition to internationalization projects like NAFTA and the EU constitution amongst the popular classes. This has been a key reason for the decline of social democratic parties as they governed as neoliberals in defence of liberal markets and the rise of the far right, most recently of far right political forces in the Germany and Austria, but hardly limited to those cases as the alt-right and Trump in the US underscore. The success of xenophobic right-wing political forces today calls for the development of a socialist praxis fit for this perilous political moment. Taking this seriously requires that we address the inroads of the far right into working class constituencies that were bastions of trade unionism for much of the 20th century, and traditionally voted heavily not only for New Deal Democrats, or Labour and Social Democratic parties on the centre-left but even, as in France, for Communist parties.
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