[Marxism] European elections: Signs of hope in the gloom

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue May 27 23:47:47 MDT 2014

The European parliamentary poll on May 25 was dominated by the victories of
the xenophobic and racist National Front (FN) in France (26%, 24 Members of
the European Parliament) and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
in Britain (26.8%, 24 MEPs) — triggering a fit of mainstream media angst.

The angst is understandable. Five years after the 2009 European elections,
the political basis for the European Commission’s austerity drive has been
severely weakened. This has rendering “governance” of the 28-member
European Union even more difficult.
“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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