Passing thought


I’ve been around the hard left for the best part of my adult life. I’ve seen various groupuscules offer support from everyone as diverse as Catholic Nationalist Exceptionalists such as the IRA, to organisations like Hamas and Hizbollah, I’ve seen Stalinists like Fidel and Bolivarian oddballs like Hugo get support. I’ve seen support, overt or covert, for terrorist organisations, clerical fascists, actual fascists, libertarians, anti-semites, seperatists, blah blah blah. The list of “causes” or organisations supported by one hard left group or another is probably as long as the list of groups I’ve seen NME describe as “the new Sex Pistols” since 1977. I’m trying very very hard, but I can’t quite, once, think of a moment the hard left backed a liberal democracy.

Despite, when they live in said liberal democracy, being up in arms if their democratic rights are curtailed in any way. Odd that, eh?

One thought on “Passing thought

  1. Liberal democracy is an institution, not an organisation or individual, so one would not necessarily expect support for it to be articulated in the same format as, say, ‘finally, a prominent head of state is telling giant corporations to bollocks (knock it off with the transphobia though, mate)’.

    The Spanish Civil War could be cited as an example, but not one in your or my living memory. But in recent times, haven’t some hard left groups been very vocal in advocating free and fair elections in Iraq, Burma, etc? In arguing against state bans on reactionary right-wing religious and nationalist organisations that haven’t crossed the line to organised terrorism? Isn’t that a selection of concrete examples in recent memory of the cause of liberal democracy being backed by hard left organisations?

    They might not use the same language as when they’re singling out a group or individual for praise (critical or not), but I can’t say I’ve seen the hard left sit silent on the right of others to say things with which they disagree. The articles may go on to say ‘and in those free and fair elections the only way real progress would be made is if anti-capitalists won’, but that doesn’t negate the ‘lift the house arrest on Aung Sun Suu Kyi, even if we think she’s wrong on a lot of things’ bit.

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