Friday, April 02, 2004

Left Behind*

The Economist comments on the lack of a Mayday event in London this year as symptomatic of a larger British left malaise.

Given that the anti-globalisation movement has lent ideas to capitalism—at the mushier end of corporate social responsibility, for instance, where fear and conscience meet to try to placate the mob—capitalism should surely return the favour in anti-globalisation's dark days. There are plenty of modern management techniques which the movement could employ to reinvigorate itself. Has, it, for instance, tried benchmarking itself against comparable movements? If street protest is too arduous for the membership, should it not think of outsourcing its more strenuous activities to the immigrants who already do most of Britain's tougher jobs? Taking that argument further, if domestic apathy is the problem, perhaps the answer is offshoring. A Mayday protest organised in, say, Libya or North Korea would really make a splash.
*Yes, I know this is the second time I've used this title in a week. Let's just consider it my running title for posts on the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the paleoleft, OK?