The main mistake the political parties growing out of the old labor movements made was to accept or even tolerate market economy, never truly taking on the forces and people and networks ruling the world. Later they surrendered completely to capitalism when they bought the slogan of «the free market». Now, they've become just one more neo-liberalist movement.
When socialists or former socialists accepted the conviction, the fatal false maxim of «competition» in school, they lost yet another battleground. Children taught the «value» of beating his or her fellow human being don’t become filled with notions of equality and justice, of course. No, they become the typical conservative right winger without compassion for their fellow man or anything, really.
There are other equally disastrous areas and choices made. The sum of the parts becomes clear early in any given study.
prime minister, ongoing tyrant
and war monger Tony Blair says that «Labour must recapture the political
center» his words will find easy support in UK Labour. They will nod in
acknowledgment and with stupendous grins. UK
What Ed Miliband and cohorts did wrong wasn't that they were «too Marxist», but that they weren't anywhere near that step in the right direction. It wasn't a tragedy that Labour «lost» the election, because they in truth caved long ago to the forces they were supposed to fight. Labour is perceived, and rightly so as «Conservative Light» or «Red Tories». Its members have no vision of their own.
Labour has become totally insignificant.
There is a crucial lesson here for the Green Party, unless they have caved already. Their German counterpart certainly has, over twenty years ago.