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Response to David__77 (Reply #15)
Sun Apr 22, 2012, 08:10 AM
pampango (15,297 posts)
17. I haven't seen any polls that show the "working class in France would vote for the National Front
over the Socialists - because the latter has indeed renounced socialism. It looks to me like the National Front could finish fourth in the first round of voting, so I don't think too many of any class are voting for them. We will see whom the working class votes for. Their election is today.
Every far-right party in Europe wants to see the EU die. Does that mean that they are all in the vanguard of progressive thought in Europe? And that the European Social Democracy is out of touch since they want to preserve the EU?
Pay, benefits, vacation time, maternity leave, sick time, the power and scope of unions are all much better for workers in Europe than in the US. I doubt anyone will credit the National Front or any other conservative political party for these achievements, any more than we would credit the tea party for saying "Keep the government out of my Medicare". If European Social Democracy is out of touch with the European labor movement, we could use some of that "out-of-touch"ness here in the US.
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I haven't seen any polls that show the "working class in France would vote for the National Front
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