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The crisis of the social democratic movement

Mavrozacharakis, Emmanouil (2022): The crisis of the social democratic movement.

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The financial collapse of 2007, the accompanying refugee crisis, the health crisis, and the coronavirus pandemic have all played their part in the current gloomy political climate. The left lacks a clear message or strategy to improve the lives of ordinary people. The emphasis on austerity and competitiveness brought about by the financial crisis has worsened people's social conditions. The need for a "new left" with a relevant narrative is undoubtedly important. The insecurity and instability currently facing the so-called social left is a direct cause of this desire. The demand for a "new left" with a relevant narrative is undoubtedly necessary. This demand arises directly from the current insecurity and instability that the so-called social left is facing. As part of a political program whose core is an effective welfare state, the democratic left needs contemporary pragmatism in the form of realistic but substantive political goals and demands. The new left narrative must place the goal of social justice at the center of a social realist framework that does not focus only on the need for economic competitiveness and financial balance. It is necessary to advocate a modern social "philosophy" of solidarity, progress, and justice. This new agenda must be embedded in a long-term political reform strategy that can only be realized if the goals are clear to the public.

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