social democracy today

  To give legal force to the X case judgement is an emotional issue at present. It divides the nation. I will not comment directly on this issue.

  I am reminded of the television series The West Wing. The Republican candidate for President was pro choice. His position divided his party. The Democratic candidate who was played by Jimmy Smits publicly wanted to restrict abortion. He didn’t state his views on abortion publically. He was a Catholic and he got into trouble with the Bishops. His Vice Presidential candidate tried to comfort him. The Presidential candidate Matt Santos revealed that that he was personally pro life.

  We have a man who believes in the New Deal. Many of his supporters are pro choice. America is divided on the abortion issue. The Catholic Bishops are putting unrealistic pressure on Catholic politicians. This scenario sums up the dilemma many people face today.

  3 great social movements sought to reshape economics in the 20th century, communism, free market capitalism and social democracy. Communism went broke and the Berlin Wall fell. Free market capitalism caused 2 crashes, the 1929 and the 2008 economic crashes. Social democracy saw productive economic growth and greater justice and fairness. Communism had too much state regulation. The free market had too little regulation. Our present crisis reveals to all thinking people the need for more regulation of the market. But I hope we will be wise, I hope that we will not over regulate the market.

  Coming into Mallow I noticed a new sign welcoming people to the town. I also noticed a sign saying pay parking is in operation. Do we want to drive business and jobs out of the town? Business groups and the town council need to talk with each other. For a private company to be running the pay parking is like the state running a chip shop. That is how mad it is. Traffic warden’s functions should never have been privatised.

  The public toilets are still closed. When will they open? Will there be a big event when it opens? I don’t know if this is a joke or if it is beyond a joke at this stage.

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Author: irishfabian

I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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