Neil Clark writes
On the one side we have a government that has carried out renationalization, which has confronted the greedy foreign-owned energy companies, and presided over a rise in real wages and a fall in unemployment.
Hungary shows us that we should beware of “labels” when it comes to elections in the era of neoliberalism and globalization.
For sometimes it is “conservative”parties who can – and do – offer ordinary people far more than “socialist” ones, or ones which claim to be on the “left” or “center-left.”
Across Europe in recent years we've seen so-called “left’ or ‘center-left” parties support illegal NATO wars, implement privatization, austerity and other “reforms”aimed at benefiting the 1 percent.
When people in France voted Socialist in the 2012 presidential elections they probably didn't think they’d get a president who was even more of a warmonger than Nicolas Sarkozy, the bomber of Libya, but that’s exactly what they got.
Neither could British voters who voted for Labour in 1997 have predicted that Tony Blair would lead the country into a succession of illegal aggressive wars, or that under Labour the gap between rich and poor would continue to rise as it had under the Conservatives.
Nor for that matter would Germans who voted for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1998 have believed that the party would introduce neo-liberal reforms which went beyond anything that the previous Christian Democrat-led administration had brought in.
The European left is most certainly not what it was 40 years ago, when we had genuinely socialist parties led by genuine socialists.
When we vote in elections today we need to be fully aware of the “fake left” and how left-wing parties in Europe have, in recent years, been taken over by pro-war, pro-globalist, pro-neoliberal forces whose mission is to destroy any last vestiges of socialism and social democracy – to tie the country‘s foreign policy firmly to the US, while showing total compliance with the EU too, as well as strong support for Israel.
In order not to be fooled, it’s important that we don’t judge politicians or parties by the names they give themselves but what they do.
While Hungary’s “right-wing”Prime Minister Viktor Orban was taking on the energy companies, former PM Gordon Bajnai, his “left-liberal” opponent, was calling for a return of a “rational”i.e. foreign capital-friendly, economic policy.
“We must offer a deal to investors: tax cuts in exchange for investment.” Bajnai said.
And while Hungary‘s Economy Minister Mihaly Varga has warned that
Russia would not be in Hungary’s national interest, (which they most clearly
are not) Bajnai and other members of the “progressive,” “left-liberal” Unity
Alliance, have blasted the government for failing to “stand up” for Ukraine and