Err, yes, so, how exactly?

It was against this insurgency of a cornered establishment that had given up on persuasion that Donald Trump and his European allies rose up with their own populist insurgency. They proved that it is possible to go against the establishment and win. Alas, theirs will be a pyrrhic victory which will, eventually, harm those whom they inspired. The answer to neoliberalism’s Waterloo cannot be the retreat to a barricaded nation-state and the pitting of “our” people against “others” fenced off by tall walls and electrified fences.

The answer can only be a Progressive Internationalism that works in practice on both sides of the Atlantic. To bring it about we need more than fine principles unblemished by power. We need to aim for power on the basis of a pragmatic narrative imparting hope throughout Europe and America for jobs paying living wages to anyone who wants them, for social housing, for health and education.

Only a third insurgency promoting a New Deal that works equally for Americans and Europeans can restore to a billion people living in the west sovereignty over their lives and communities.

Might we, Yannis, just have a tad more detail about what it is that will be done once in power? An inkling of what you might actually do if you get your feet under the table once again?

18 comments on “Err, yes, so, how exactly?

  1. ‘jobs paying living wages to anyone who wants them’

    If everyone who spouts this bollocks set up a small business and employed two people, we’d have a lot more of what they keep calling for and a lot less bollocks to listen to.

  2. Also – what about people who *don’t* ‘want a job paying a living wage’? Everyone else just has to carry on feeding and housing them I guess.

  3. The message seems to be to replace a populist insurgency with an unpopulist insurgency.

    Has the prof noticed neoliberalism’s Waterloo? I think we need a second opinion.

  4. Unicorns and rainbows for all! What a winning political strategy.

    We need to aim for power on the basis of a pragmatic narrative imparting hope throughout Europe and America for jobs paying living wages to anyone who wants them, for social housing, for health and education.

    So endless welfare for any Third World rapist the second they step off the plane? Yeah, that is a winning policy in today’s West. Internationalism = Rotherham.

  5. What’s terrifying the left at the moment is the thought that the political pendulum has reached its leftward limit and is now swinging back to knock their teeth out.

  6. sovereignty over their lives and communities

    Hence Brexit. Oh wait, the left were against that weren’t they?

    Lefty rule 1: use any feel-good words possible to describe your side, no matter what you actually believe in: “sovereignty”, “freedom”, “liberal”

    Left rule 2: use any feel-bad words possible to describe your opponents, no matter what they actually believe in: “Nazi”, “Fascist”, “Homophobe”

  7. Unicorns and rainbows for all! What a winning political strategy.

    And owls, don’t forget the owls!

  8. Mal – I dunno. Most of the lefties I know can’t say ‘sovereignty’ without sneering at the moment, though you’re right that they’re happy to claim the term as it suits them,

  9. It is all the same old Marxian cockrot. We already know where their plans lead–straight to hell.

    Breaking the scum of the left must now be top priority. The Purge and blackballing of todays young snot left to ensure that they are excluded from education, media, law and esp politics.

  10. ‘restore to a billion people living in the west sovereignty over their lives and communities.’

    We need to aim for power on the basis of a pragmatic narrative imparting hope throughout Europe and America for jobs paying living wages to anyone who wants them, for social housing, for health and education.’

    I wonder what definition of ‘sovereignty’ he is using. Dependence on government for the above is the opposite of sovereignty.

    “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” – Gerald Ford, p.38

  11. I prefer “Government is like a fire; a small one keeps you warm, a big one burns your house down.” – Variously attributed.

  12. The answer can only be a Progressive Internationalism

    Fuck off. Even if you know what that means, fuck off. Only in the Guardian.

    Could anyone there actually explain what this nonsense is? What does it entail?

  13. You know, I read that article and while it’s full of words whose meanings (taken one by one) I believe I comprehend, apparently arranged grammatically into sentences and those into paragraphs, I cannot for the life of me understand what he’s complaining about nor what he’s proposing.

  14. I think we all know what Yannis Varoufakis would do if he ever gets back into power: more of what didn’t work last time. That’s all we can expect from any leftist these days.

    But what’s terrifying the left at the moment isn’t just that the political pendulum is swinging to the right. They’re terrified that the right will do to them what they would be doing to the right if the positions were reversed. They can’t imagine any other possibility because that would mean admitting that the right is actually more tolerant than the left.

  15. But what’s terrifying the left at the moment isn’t just that the political pendulum is swinging to the right.

    They’re not terrified.

    If they were, they wouldn’t be acting like spoiled brats having temper tantrums in the streets. They’d be hiding in the shadows, quaking in fear.

    They should be terrified. But most of them are too stupid to realize what a monster they’ve awoken.

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