Thursday, January 20, 2005

Is Bush a Social Democrat?

This article in Prospect -

points out that the current debate on globalisation isn´t yes or no, but what kind?

It argues for "social democratic globalisation" - social justice as well as liberty, and regulation of the markets to ensure poverty reduction and human rights.

There is quite a bit of common ground here with President Bush´s Inauguration speech. Not in everything (eg. the article praises the EU´s Maastricht social justice charter) but in salient points (such as the reform of global bodies such as the WTO, the UN etc.), Bush´s plan to spread liberty and democracy across the globe chimes in with what today´s social democrats are thinking.

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