Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Isn't That Special? UMP Goes for "Social Democracy"
The UMP's 2012 presidential convention opens today, and, lo and behold, its theme will be "social democracy." I guess the idea was to muddy the waters and preempt any Socialist move to occupy the social democratic terrain by claiming "social democracy" for the Right. In the good old days, when "social democrat" was held to be synonymous with "social traitor" by the revolutionary Left, many on the left would have agreed. And indeed, definitional ambiguity is perhaps unavoidable here, since by US standards, the French right could in some respects be seen as social democratic by comparison even with the American left (owing to support for single-payer medical coverage, free higher education and day care, strict banking regulation, public ownership of key industrial firms, etc.). But still ... have you no shame, UMP? Have you no shame?