Throw your Euro stereotypes out the window: Last weekend, a Greek government that has cut public-sector pay and lowered pensions won a clear victory in local elections. Despite strikes and violence, despite the fact that Greece’s debt is still growing and more cuts are coming, there will be a Socialist mayor of Athens for the first time in 24 years. (And, yes, in Greece, the Socialists favor budget cuts, and the conservatives oppose them.)
Technically the Greek conservatives, New Democracy, are being conservative and yelling stop. And I suppose one could argue that the Socialists are attempting to maintain the social order over the long term. But it just makes me wonder if coherent ideologies aligned with specific parties are a transient affair, a function of the age of plentitude and culture wars well below the Malthusian trap.