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The Rebirth Of The Socialist International

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It was with interest that I read an opinion piece by William Hague in the telegraph on the death of international socialism, and the coordinated rise of regional left wing parties not associated with international suffrage to the same degree such as SNP and Syriza.

Syriza of course it turns out, appeared to have aggressively rejected the needs of refugees coming across the Turkey. This is not showing much comradeship with the international proletariat.

Now I'm a democratist first and a moderate conservative second. So I see a working democracy drawing ideas and moral courage from its whole congregation of all parties.

Is it now the time for the socialist international to dust themselves down and start finding their voice for the oppressed once more (as opposed to disgruntled teachers), not just in this country but abroad and democratically, given the sudden recognition in the west of the middle Eastern humanitarian crisis?

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In a word, no.

It's not a humanitarian crisis. It's a symptom of the third world getting richer, paradoxically.

I don't understand, so what? Why isn't an international political movement not of interest to them?

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I thought it had more to do with people using the internet and social media, seeing how The West lives, and rejecting the dictatorial regimes in the Middle East in which they have little interest. The final straw being the conflicts and consummate destruction of a way of life that might have been tolerable, with desperation as the trigger to leave.

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Has 'international socialism' ever existed other than in the minds of vegetarian sandal-wearing fruit-juice drinkers at ILP conferences in Welwyn Garden City?

(apologies to George Orwell for the plagiarism).

I think if it has existed it has been more so in opposition then in govt, but not entirely so.

But we do need effective opposition.

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I haven't worked out yet whether the EU itself is a construct of International Socialistic aims or a global capitalistic conspiracy to break the power of the workers in the nation states of Europe.

I guess the unification of Europe has an almost unstoppable bureaucratic momentum to it where unelected officials assume more and more power for themselves using legal expertise and monetary weapons to achieve their ends. However, I guess the end result (a highly controlled socialist state or a wild West of liberty to exploit one's fellow European citizens) is still being fought out in the corridors of Europe.

Does it really matter what the answer is? We, the little guy are still f@cked!

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