German Green party moves further to the right

Carrol Cox cbcox at
Sat Mar 24 14:17:12 MST 2001

Brian James wrote:
> Gary MacLennan:
> > A left will emerge from the coming crisis.  that is
> > certain.  However what is not so certain is whether the beautiful people of
> > the 80s and the 90s that flocked to the Greens can reinvent themselves as
> > opponents of capitalism rather than as they are at present - something just
> > one step above an NGO.
> Any "left" that emerges from the movement started by the Greens,
> sell-outs aside, will be thoroughly petty bourgeois and reactionary. Why
> support this? Re: Marx and Engels on petty-bourgeois socialism in the Manifesto.
> Brian James

I think a distinction is necessary -- I would agree that the "green
movement" as such is likely to move in this direction but many
individuals within it will find a new basis for moving left and
realigning their allegiances. Many of us who in the mid-60s were merely
what would now be called "radical democrats" did make that transition.


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