True Burkeans! Or not?

Continental Divide:

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.

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2 Responses to True Burkeans! Or not?

  1. Thursday says:

    Opposition parties got to oppose, I guess.

  2. cynthia curran says:

    Well, European socialists are s strange breed. And yes, people are not always idealogical, actually, the left can reverse some trends easier than the right. According to Cato, at one time Sweden government expenditures was around 71 percent and then now is 51 percent. It happen because some of the more moderates of the left were trying to get their economy moving. Actually, the Clinton years here lead to better results than the Bush and Obama period. Clinton had to deal with a Republican congress longer than Bush with a Democratic Congress.

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