I sat down with one of the coordinators, journalist and writer Costi Rogozanu, in Bucharest last May. At a café in the park across from the massive parliament building, he told me about his own political trajectory.
Recognizing reality, President Hollande is at last seeing off socialism just as, in his time, President Francois Mitterrand saw off communism in French politics by bringing the Communist Party into his cabinet only to expose their outdated and unrealistic doctrine.
There's no question that many are down on socialism, or most any other "foreign" ism. But few can have a grasp of what it is. They must be driven by a media-stoked fear of the unknown since the alignment of power in this country now is far from socialistic.
It's entirely fair to call President Obama a liberal. It's even fair to call him a "big spending" liberal (assuming you're willing to call our previous president a "big spending conservative"). It is inaccurate, though, and a little disingenuous to call him a socialist.
Shortly before delivering his plan for Afghanistan, Miliband spoke with me at his office in the Houses of Parliament, where he also explained why maintaining good relations with Gaddafi was a good idea.
The epic fight over carbon emissions is barely the tip of how we survive. Mother Earth demands that fossil/nukes be transcended. This green-powered leap defines our technological, economic and ecological survival.