[Marxism] Luxembourg: The Left party congress builds social resistance agenda

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat May 12 22:32:17 MDT 2012

Dick Nichols, Dudelange

Compared with a southern Europe stricken by ever-rising unemployment and
government attacks on social welfare and democratic rights, Luxembourg can
feel as if it is on another, much more pleasant, planet.

The richest country in Europe -- with Gross Domestic Product per capita at
least 30% higher than that of the US, unemployment at 5.9% and the
second-lowest public sector debt to GDP ratio -- this most important
financial centre after London's City would seem to be floating above the

However, the resolutions adopted at the April 22 Ninth Ordinary Congress of
Luxembourg's Dei Lenk (The Left) revealed another picture -- of the
country's advanced social model coming under rising attack, and of this
offensive meeting rising resistance from the union movement and the left.

"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity's
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion." -- Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

"The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?" -- Jarvis Cocker

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