Monday, December 14, 2009

Trouble in the NPA

With polls showing the NPA drawing only 4% versus 7% for the Front de Gauche, Olivier Besancenot has had to face questions from his own comrades. Some will see a "leadership crisis" in this weekend's events, despite official denials and a final vote of affirmation. But one thing is clear: the wind is no longer in the party's sails, in contrast to earlier this year, when all the breezes seemed favorable.

4 comments:

MYOS said...

Plus, apparently, only half the party's members bothered showing up to vote - which is at best lukewarm for the fiery warriors against capitalism.

satchmo said...

Hmmm, this piece dovetails nicely with the earlier one on Joffrin's miraculous docility. None of the left parties or institutions anywhere seem to be gaining any traction even in crisis conditions, which seems somewhat paradoxical and may not bode well for anyone. Paralysis all over.

On a long view, this may suggest that "neoliberal" or "globalization" forces dominate the political and media apparatus everywhere. And possibly, in consequence, that chances of more tumultuous opposition may rise as traditional/legitimate outlets and options for opposition are stymied.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Whoa, Satchmo, you're outdoing your namesake there with free improv on a two-note theme. I'd take it at half tempo, if I were you.

satchmo said...

Point taken. Like Louis, I'm feeling a bit black and blue with recent developments.