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Is Europe moving away from “Social Democracy”?

The “Feel the Bern” gang want to be just like the European social democracies, but as I’ve pointed out before, if any of the European countries were a state in the US, they’d be among the bottom two or so.  And while the benefits are wonderful when you’re living off of other people’s productivity, that can only go on for so long.

France … yes, that’s right, France … seems to be at least figuring it out a little bit.

The French cabinet has given the go-ahead for Prime Minister Manuel Valls to force through highly controversial labour reforms.

An extraordinary cabinet meeting invoked the French constitution’s rarely used Article 49.3, allowing the government to bypass parliament.It came after rebel MPs from the governing Socialist party had vowed to vote down the bill.The reforms will make it easier for employers to hire and fire workers.

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The government says relaxing workers’ protection will encourage businesses to hire more people and help to combat chronic unemployment.

As one is prone to say, “baby steps” are necessary when learning to walk.  And apparently those old nasty laws of economics are finally bitch slapping France enough that they’re at least willing to do something positive to help stimulate business and hopefully then grow their economy.

The American Interest notes:

Valls’ decision is part of a long-running trend: For decades, the decline of the blue social model has been pushing many European countries, including ones we think of as social democracies, to abandon some of the more statist features of their economic agendas. Policies that worked relatively well in closed, stable, national economies of the mid-20th century fail to deliver in the open, dynamic economies of the 21st—and even center-left governments are forced to adapt to this reality once they take power.

Indeed, the “blue social model”, the Bernie Sanders (and to a slightly lesser extent, the Hillary Clinton) model, is, in fact, been running off the rails and not at all delivering what it has promised.  But that seems to be the case with all blue social models and their components (ObamaCare anyone?).

Of course the trending away from that model is being roundly ignored by the left in the US.  Just as the economic wrecks that are Cuba and Venezuela are blamed on “extenuating circumstances.”

The left will never face the reality of their utopian central control’s failure everywhere and in whatever flavor it is tried.  There’s a reason for that.  It goes against everything that actually works.  Without “perfect knowledge” and then the means to implement it in a direct and timely fashion – two things which will never be achieved – it will always fail.  Most importantly, central control simply runs against human nature and therefore authoritarian governance to impose true socialism on the citizens.  And yes, the light form of that is indeed “social democracy” but to become anymore “socialist” requires government to move in a more authoritarian way to enable those sorts of “reforms”.  Instead, what you see in Europe is resistance coupled with a realization that this just isn’t working as advertised.

Thus the “trend” as discussed.  As more of the blue model is scrapped and countries begin to realize gains, other European countries will likely follow suit.

Meanwhile, in the US, we’re apparently considering adopting the model they’re moving away from.  And it certainly will be a rousing success.  They can’t make it work in countries with about one-eighth our population, but with the “competent” politicians and bureaucrats we have here, we’re sure to make it work.

Uh, huh.  Really.

~McQ

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12 Responses to Is Europe moving away from “Social Democracy”?

  • No. Of course not. But they’ve learned to worry that the cow of enterprise must remain milkable.

  • At least one high tech company, currently in the middle of a layoff but hasn’t as yet announce any in Europe, will certainly appreciate this change.

  • When I was in college we used to play a game, bull sessions my father called them. We’d sit around, Library, commons, dorm rooms and think up the best way to change the world were we omnipotent for a day (King for a day was what we called it un-PC today, and likely to result expulsion for not gaining prior consent for “sexually charged” language.

    Interesting game in that it revealed the depths of my colleagues awareness. King for a day is just that. If your ideas are not persuasive, not tangibly beneficial to society as a whole, not furthering classical liberal ideals, the next day your grandiose schemes were burnt and discarded toast.

    The left will never face the reality of their utopian central control’s failure everywhere and in whatever flavor it is tried.

    As I said it was revealing because many who participated in this intellectual exercise could not see beyond “today.” And most were of a Marxist bent. I dont use that word lightly, nor as a pejorative, just recognizing that for the past century most of academia, and consequently their pupils, has been steeped in Marxist ideology to some extent. Not exclusively, but they are the predominant purveyor of utopian fantasy. Not just that they can not see beyond today, but they can not concieve that anyone tomorrow would look at their argument and find it consumingly persuasive.

    The compulsion to refuse their visions of utopia are unrealized, their willingness to continue on doomed trajectories in the hope of creating that fantasy, is the definition of cognitive dissonance. The failure to acknowledge that they are wrong.

    And that is the structural flaw in a university system polluted with affluent crybabies who never had to live constrained by the socio/political/economic system that they so yearn for.

    The PIIG’s may not collaspe, and the rest of the EU may wake up. But never, never will any of the idiot proponents/supporters ever admit that they played King for a day… and ignored tomorrow.

    • The Greek public are recently awakening to the lies they were told by socialists, about the truth they refused to hear about their socialist ways.

      And now they’re waking up to more taxes for less benefits.
      It becomes an interesting exercise in humor to decide if the socialists lied to them knowing they were going to have to charge them heavily to keep socialism alive, or just to gain power.

      Either way, the bill, delayed for a few years perhaps when the wait staff changed shifts, is still due, and the Greeks are discovering again that the free lunch still ain’t free.

    • The sorry combination of voter fraud, repent dependency, a thoroughly corrupt media and low information voters has has reaped us Dear Leader for eight years. The Republic may never recover. The only bright spot is fire arms and ammunition sales have shot through the roof, fueled by a mightily pissed-off elcetorate that may (may) be pissed-off enough to get out and vote for (a) change (pun intended). That’s the good news, the bad news is we are still saddled with voter fraud, repent dependency, a thoroughly corrupt media and low information voters..

  • Policies that worked relatively well in closed, stable, national economies of the mid-20th century fail to deliver in the open, dynamic economies of the 21st—and even center-left governments are forced to adapt to this reality once they take power.

    And they only really worked in the mid-20th century based on wealth and capital built in the century preceding when enterprise was much freer. That is all gone now, the goose is dead, plucked and eaten. Those places that implemented socialism through revolution without the preceding wealth building simply killed millions and collapsed, see the Soviet Union, China, etc.

    • If I recall correctly, even Marx predicated the success of Scientific Socialism on the prior success of Capitalism.

  • Nothing a Strongman can’t fix.

  • We all know a Millennial or three who this applies to; they can see (sort of) what doesn’t work on paper, but they have to feel the burn (pun intended) before they’ll drop a bad idea. Let’s hope we’re all dead or in the advanced stages of dementia before the Millennials start running things.

    • My guess they will double down. Then assign blame to a boogeyman. And finally proceed to take revenge on those boogeymen.

      They are narcissists that have been taken advantage of. Their indoctrination to SJW type beliefs is now connected to their fragile ego’s. They will never concede having been incorrect, ever.