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Web discussions: Left Regroupment -Die Linke

From GLW list:The following article on the launch of THE LEFT in Germany on Saturday , June 16 appeared on the US left site Z net. Read it here.

The current edition of the UK Socialist Worker also has a sympathetic article. Read in here.

THE LEFT is polling beetween 10 to 12%. In former east Germany it is polling 27%. Approximately one quarter of current SPD (The German equivalent of the ALP) say they would consider voting for THE LEFT in the future. The last line of THE LEFT'S programme states: "Together we fight to ensure that capitalism is not the last word in the history books".

There are lessons to be learnt from those who are succeeding and those who are failing to establish a future for the left in the 21st century.

I note that in Australia we still have a plethora of left groups that often spend more time and energy fighting each other as they do criticising the RIGHT.

Perhaps we could have some discussion and evaluation of the efforts at regroupment in various countries and and how this can assist the growth of a UNITED Left in Australia.

The LEFT united may have some chance of success.

Of course the flipside is: The LEFT divided will forever be defeated.

The Left (German: Die Linke or DIE LINKE.) is a German political party that came into being as a merger of The Left Party.PDS and Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative on 16 June 2007. Its leaders are Oskar Lafontaine and Lothar Bisky.According to its own statistics, it is the "third largest political party in Germany" The party has, as of June 2007, 71,800 members (60,300 came from PDS and 11,500 from WASG).
The discussion continues on the GLW list if we can get it out of rewind....

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Dave Riley | June 21, 2007

The problem with German events like this is that there isn't enough in translation to easily monitor the process. So if anyone knows where such material is at or can translate same let's share it.

Red Wombat | June 21, 2007

When I get a chance (ie after my exams finish in a week), if we can't find much in English, I'll have a go at translating some of the better material. I've been meaning to catch up on where Die Linke is at for months now anyway.

My german is a bit rusty tho' - it might need some triple-hopped lubrication.

Al McCall | June 21, 2007

The SW article is quite good but I find the approach a bit contradictory because the SWP has consistently argued against a formally chartered "socialist" party that includes a merging of other formations(esp themselves,) -- preferring instead for loose electoral coalitions like Respect.

But it's clear that The Left is a avowedly socialist party with much more on its mind than the Realos politics of the German Greens and is a very successful regroupment project.

jolo | June 26, 2007

Yes in fact it is a socialist party, but don't tell anyone.

The WASG (Electoral alternative for work and social justice) is the engine of all this. It has been founded by former SPD (social-democrats) members and trade unionists because of the "Agenda 2010" laws by the red-green alliance. The PDS (post communists) always talk about socialism, but in fact are right-wing social democrats. This is because of two reasons: 1) The age of their membership (60-70% are above 60 years old) 2) because they can talk left and act neoliberal whenever they're in a government (like in Berlin or in the land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).

The great deal of the new left party is that it unites both "old social democrats" who want to restore the social welfare system etc., socialists, communists and also neoliberal SPD-like social democrats under one banner. It's up to the membership and the leaders to proove that other politics than that of the SPD can be done.

Greets, jolo (DIE LINKE activist from south west Germany)

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