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Jan
26

Countering the political right in the USA and Europe

Post By gaia1 in European Union

Cas Mudde, an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and a co-author of “Populism: A Very Short Introduction” wrote an  excellent opinion piece in the New York Times of January 26, 2017 about “the-radical-rights-united-front?” The article also made  referrence to a NY Times’ summary of the eight major political right parties in Europe, several of whom  have high hopes in their countries’ elections buoyed political rightist in the USA. The Western world is in throes of major confusion in these liminal times where old verities and institutions are fundamentally questioned and new ones have not yet emerged. The following proposal with some small modifications is boldly presented as a possible 21st century approach in the comment section of the Mudde Op-Ed piece.

 

These populist, anti-emigrant and nationalistic parties which also include the Trump party have to be shown up for their extreme and dangerous biases and, especially, be countered by a progressive vision of an equitable global governance system.

I propose that progressives in  the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa push for greater monetary unification  besides the existing monetary unions such as the U.S. dollar, euro and other regional monetary unions in direct opposition to the right’s direction for national currencies and removing those regional unions. Thus, according the Alternative Party of Germany, the EU becomes “the subsidiary Europe of the free home countries.”

 

This proposed monetary unification can be conceived to take place when a monetary standard—not the gold standard—can be developed for the 21st century. Verhagen 2012 "The Tierra Solution: Resolving the climate crisis through monetary transformation" proposes the vision of an international monetary union by basing the present unjust, unsustainable and, therefore, unstable international monetary system on a carbon-reduction or decarbonization standard of a specific tonnage of CO2e per person. The conceptual, institutional, ethical and strategic dimensions of such carbon-based international monetary system are updated at www.timun.net. Climate expert Bill McKibben wrote about this proposal: “The further into the global warming area we go, the more physics and politics narrows our possible paths of action. Here’s a very cogent and well-argued account of one of the remaining possibilities.”