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The far right and far left have little in common (?)

Can we find convergence between far left and far right at the level of policy? It is true that both attack neoliberal globalisation and its elites. But there is no agreement between far left and far right over who counts as the “elite”, why they are a problem, and how to respond to them.

For the left, the problem with globalisation is that it has given free rein to capital and entrenched economic and political inequality. The solution is therefore to place constraints on capital and/or to allow people to have the same freedom of movement currently given to capital, goods, and services. They want an alternative globalisation.

For the right, the problem with globalisation is that it has corroded supposedly traditional and homogeneous cultural and ethnic communities – their solution is therefore to reverse globalisation, protecting national capital and placing further restrictions on the movement of people.

Communism was defined by Marx as a society organised along the lines of “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need (Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen).” Clearly, no society has achieved this, despite claims by some.