I am not convinced that this is the step that is necessary now. We can open a discussion with Guenther for each and every attempt at “sanitizing” his language, as he explained like a very reasonable person. Some discussions we will win, others we will lose. As a result, we will have a program that is still an ideological mess. I think that this is a discussion ES needs to have internally and face the public with a coherent image.
However, if you disagree with me, I am in. Let’s try to fix as much as possible.
Guenther, I am glad you have the opportunity to invest your time and attention in concepts and ideology, but most of the voters don’t and will not make the necessary effort to see beyond your indoctrination:
Hätte Goethe Suppen schmalzen,
Schiller Pfannen waschen müssen,
Heine nähn, was er verrissen,
Stuben scheuern, Wanzen morden,
Ach die Herren,
Keine großen Dichter worden.
I am baffled by your elitist insistence that only those very few who would actually subscribe to what you say is the right way to call things, are worthy of sharing values with you. It is your right to be as elitist as you wish, it is just the wrong way to write a political program of something that wants to be something more than a boutique party.
Furthermore, you are being absolutely disrespectful towards those people who suffered from these regimes by arrogantly disregarding their trauma. It is your right to be disrespectful towards anyone you wish, it is just the wrong way to write a political program of something that wants to be an EU party.
Le Monde diplomatique is a left-wing newspaper. Yanis Varoufakis is clever and respectful enough to think about the people he is addressing with a specific text, and not about himself. When he talks to literature students, he conveys his message through literature. When he talks to economics students, he conveys his message through economics. When he talks to left wingers who would be reading something French, he speaks left wing.
A political program is how a political party talks to the general population. It is not supposed to read like an article in Le Monde diplomatique.
Also, what someone, anyone, says does not define what a democratic political party is. If I want to know whether ES is radical left or not, I open its program and search for the word “radical”. If I don’t find it, then I feel free to claim that any radical value signalling language in there is something that needs to be polished.
Also, next time I invest my time into responding to specific points of what you said, have the decency to respond to the specific points I made and do not just pick one claim and then repeat the opinion you have already stated. This is not very useful for the discussion.