The decision to remove the word communist from the new name was thought crucial to the success of a 21st century far-left party - and one which has proved effective in wooing younger people easily alienated by references to the dialectic of the past.An interesting perspective. It remains to be seen whether calling a party "anticapitalist" rather than "communist" will be seen as innovative or dishonest, especially if the party promotes economic and political policies that come straight out of the communist play-book. It's also telling that the Guardian labels Besancenot's manifesto as "Trotskyist" and captions his photo as "French communist postman..."
"You know, Marx and all that, that's our history," said Lucas, a 17-year-old member with a ponytail and tie-dye shirt. "But I prefer to call myself an anticapitalist rather than a communist. It's all stuff from another time."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
French postman delivers far left message: