Sunday, April 09, 2006

Newton's Third Law of Political Science

The great Isaac Newton once said that, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Recent developments around the globe are proving that Newton's third law not only applies to physics, but also to our politics and economics. In the past week, millions of poor and disenfranchised have taken to the streets against oppressive laws. The backlash against the global capitalist cabal are undeniable, and the results are promising.

Today, Peruvians are heading to the polls to decide between socialist Ollanta Humala and free-market conservative Lourdes Flores, and polls taken yesterday show Humala with a 4 point lead. Humala has vowed to redistribute wealth in the country to the masses, which is vital considering that Peru is the poorest country in South America. Mrs. Flores, on the other hand, wants to continue the trend of foreigners exploiting the resources and keeping the profits. Peruvians, obviously, want the former.

Italy will be making the same tough decisions today and tomorrow, as Silvio Berlusconi, or Mussolini 2.0 as we call him, will be facing off against the Centre-Left Coalition. Berlusconi is notorious for his racism, particularly towards arabs and Muslims, once telling the press, "We do not want a multi-racial, multicultural Italy.” This has prompted the Muslim community to throw their support behind the Communist Party of Italy. The Center-Left Coalition, led by Romano Prodi, is showing a slight edge in the polls. The Center-Left Coalition contains both the Left Democrats and more radical groups like the Socialist and Communist parties. On a lighter note, Berlusconi did call Romano Prodi a "dickhead" during the Presidential debates. He also accused the Communist Party of eating babies. Seriously, the guys crazier than Vito Corleone.

While the French elections may not be taking place until a year from now, the results are already looking promising. As ThinkSocialist reported two days ago, Ségolène Royal of the French Socialist Party, is crushing her opponents in the polls. Nicolas Sarkozy, Royal's primary opponent and President of the UMP Party, has fallen in the polls thanks to his support of the Contrat Premiere Embauche (CPE), or the "first job contract", which lets employers fire anybody under 26 without reason or notice. Dominique de Villepin and Sarkozy claim this will increase employment amongst the young, but this is a hollow promise that serves only to give executives and managers more power. Royal has been able to harness discontent amongst French workers, 94% of whom oppose the CPE, to become the leader for the May 2007 Presidential elections. Low support for free-market capitalism, which according to last week's Economist is about 30%, contributes to the leftward tilt in French politics. Royal will join socialist Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the first female presidents of their respective countries.

Humala, Royal, and Prodi will be joining the ever growing international anti-imperialist alliance that is forming to oppose U.S.-U.K. colonialist economic exploitation. The revolution may have CEOs' shaking in their Italian leather boots, but what can they expect? It's just a an equal and opposite reaction.