Last night, in a post that described the opposition of various European socialist parties to the Treaty of Lisbon, I asked the following question:
What’s going on? Why has the European Union, for two generations the great wet dream of European socialism, suddenly become a bad idea?
In the comments section on the post, Ypp came up with an answer that makes sense to me (edited slightly for clarity):
That always was the fate of the left. Those who offered the ideas were later overcome by those who grabbed more power using their ideas.
The “idealists” then go into opposition, claiming lack of democracy. The same happened with the Russian Social-Democrats, Social-Revolutionaries, and various types of opposition within the Bolshevik party itself.
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Now it’s happening with Clinton supporters. They’ve lost their power and recalled democracy. Which is not bad, by the way. We all learn.
So the big socialist fish is eating all the little socialist fishes, and the little fishes don’t like it.
But the socialist fishes aren’t the only little fishes being gobbled up. Any political party which has been participating democratically at the national level in the EU member states is finding itself marginalized.
Not only that, the elected members of the European Parliament do not have the power that they would have in a properly-functioning legislative body. The important legislation is drafted in other non-democratic organs of the European superstate, mostly in the European Commission.
The MEPs are really just window-dressing on a huge dictatorial edifice, just as the “legislative” bodies of the Soviet Union were. The real power lies elsewhere.
So it’s no surprise that the little fishes are now acting in concert and turning on the big fish whose gaping jaws were about to swallow them.