In my earlier post, I lamented the fact that "progressives" who criticize Bush for being undemocratic, illiberal, overly dependent on the military, and theocratic are proposing alternatives that are much, much worse. In that post, they were championing Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as their savior. Now, they seem to be latching on to Muslim countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran as their champions of liberal values. In this interview of George Galloway, recently feted by liberals and progressives on both sides of the Atlantic:
M.B.H.S.: You often call for uniting Muslim and progressive forces globally.
How far is it possible under current situation?
Galloway: Not only do I think it's possible but I think it is vitally necessary
and I think it is happening already. It is possible because the progressive
movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies.
*Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British
occupation of poor countries mainly Muslim countries. * * *
*They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization which
is intent upon homogenizing the entire world turning us basically into factory
chickens which can be forced fed the American diet of everything from food to
Coca-Cola to movies and TV culture*. And *whose only role in life is to consume
the things produced endlessly by the multinational corporations.* And the
progressive organizations & movements agree on that with the Muslims.
Otherwise we believe that we should all have to speak as Texan and eat McDonalds
and be ruled by Bush and Blair. So *on the very grave big issues of the
day-issues of war, occupation, justice, opposition to globalization-the Muslims
and the progressives are on the same side*.
By the way, this is the movement that calls itself "reality-based".
Can't someone today emerge as a rallying point for those of use who are classical liberals and libertarians?