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How the Left Party unnecessarily dismantles itself

The open letter on leaving the party has now almost become a genre of its own on the left.

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How the Left Party unnecessarily dismantles itself

The open letter on leaving the party has now almost become a genre of its own on the left. One lacks the focus on social policy, the other is too jealous of each other. The latest genre is the exit from the party because of the Russia policy of the wing around Sahra Wagenknecht.

Ulrich Schneider, managing director of the Paritätisches Gesamtverband, has now had enough of the left after Wagenknecht criticized an alleged "economic war" against Russia in the Bundestag last week and called for the end of sanctions against the country, which has been waging a brutal war of aggression against Ukraine for months . What Wagenknecht "launched was too much," Schneider wrote on Twitter. Once again, a voice for social justice is turning its back on the party. And that's unfortunate - because it's unnecessary.

Without reason, the quarreling wings of the party are making the issue of foreign policy a litmus test instead of focusing on their core issues – social policy and the issue of redistribution. Actually, the party should focus its energy on the criticism of the inadequate Hartz IV reform plans of the traffic light and a fairer distribution of the burden of inflation. Instead, the external impact is mostly about Russia.

Of course, the gas shortage is due to the conflict with Vladimir Putin, and of course sanctions can be discussed. But the core of the problem is the distribution of the burdens, which – as always – are dumped on the backs of the poor and workers. A left-wing party with a clear compass would recognize this and act uncompromisingly as the voice of the economically disenfranchised.

Instead, elected officials berate each other on Twitter like guests on afternoon talk shows in the 1990s. Instead of organizing the broadest possible coalitions for the struggle for social justice, they pick on opponents within the party in a vulgar and relentless manner. These conflicts are apparently more important to some comrades than the social catastrophe that is looming in the country.

The beneficiary is the traffic light coalition, which is failing large parts of the population with inadequate aid packages and tips for saving energy. She no longer has to fear powerful opposition from the environment of the divided Left Party. This problem was formulated particularly succinctly by the former Left Party member of the Bundestag, Fabio De Masi, who is also leaving.

De Masi wrote on Twitter: "I no longer want to be held responsible for the blatant failure of the key players in this party, who are failing a large majority of the population, who need a party that is committed to social justice and diplomacy convincingly committed.”

If the Left Party continues to dismantle itself, there will soon no longer be any representation of the interests of the precariat in German parliaments. And that's not a good prospect.

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