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how instrumental is the Left?

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Submitted by myth (Germany), May 17, 2013 at 16:24

This website quotes German left politician Oskar Lafontaine here:

http://www.danielpipes.org/5720/the-islamist-leftist-allied-menace .

He says, the islamists and the Left share values. One conclusion is to fight the Left as an ally of the islamists in the West. I see another possible conclusion. Given they share values, the islamists and the Left are competition to one another. Should the Left occupy the territory of shared values it would leave the islamists far less attractive.

Group solidarity is the essential shared value. The modern Left's ideas of multiculturalism and minority support are not shared by the islamists. The modern Left abandoned their tradtional territory to be occupied by the islamists. Perhaps the Left needs a return to traditional social democrat achievements such as worker's representation and participation in trade unions.

Part of the islamists' appeal, it seems to me, is a substantial need to gather after work and talk politics. But where? Do we want people to meet on a friday afternoon in mosque listening to some islamist imam talking politics? Or do we want employees to meet after work and discuss employment conditions, maybe go on strike? Prophet or politics, Mohammad or money?

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