Uriarte: "there are no reasons supporting the so called moral superiority of the left"
Rubido: "It is the right which is now trying to make us follow the road of progress, particularly in Spain"
Tertsch: "the damage caused by the left is so big that it will hardly heal before a very long time goes by"
Quintanilla: "This is a progressive and nationalist crisis; it is not a conservative, centrist, classical-liberal or Spanish crisis"
Madrid, 26.06.12.- FAES Foundation has launched on June 26, in Madrid, the book Desmontando el progresismo. La izquierda en sus cavernas, written by Professor of Political Science, Edurne Uriarte and published by Gota a Gota. Bieito Rubido, Director of ABC newspaper; the journalist Hermann Tertsch; and Miguel Ángel Quintanilla, publishing director of FAES, have joined the author at the launch of the book.
During her talk, Edurne Uriarte explained that lying at the core of the book is "the proof that progressivism, the set of ideas and values taken over by the left, has been very successful as a brand". "The progressivism brand is associated with modernity, change and progress" she said, but added that "there are no reasons supporting the so called moral superiority of the left, rather the complete opposite". She therefore referred to the "four caves coexisting with progressivism: the terrorist one, the pacifist, the identity and the radical one". In this sense, she added that "progressivism has sought to defend and negotiate agreements with those terrorisms that share their ideological aspirations: the nationalist one, that of the extreme left, and the anti-imperialist one".
Uriarte declared that "regarding pacifism, progressivism has justified the unjustifiable, with a huge tampering of the role of armies and war", while in the identity field "it has risen as a defender of ethnic nationalisms, of Islamism and of the discrimination of Muslim women".
Lastly, she defined the "radical cave as the precursor of large doses of intolerance toward the right and a striking ignorance toward many of its thinkers and movements, like American neo-conservatism", which "has as its major contribution the fight for freedom, whatever the cost" and that "it is the movement managing to hurt progressivism the most in the whole world".
During his turn, the director of ABC, Bieito Rubido, declared that, contrary to popular belief, "It is the right which is now trying to make us follow the road of progress, particularly in Spain". "We cannot grant the monopoly of the idea of progress to the left", he assured, "as progress is all that that makes us better, more free, more just, more educated, and that, obviously, is not the monopoly of the left". For Rubido, "today, it is precisely progressing in Spain what the right has to do in spite of the regrettable inheritance left to the current government".
Journalist Hermann Tertsch, in turn, diagnosed that "the left in this country is currently half dead" and that "the damage caused by the left is so big that it will hardly heal before a very long time goes by". "The left cannot be recovered here for political debate", he stressed. In his opinion however, "the problem would be if the right, the conservative and liberal alternative, does not assimilate this message; if they are really capable of changing this country without assuming those complexes that stop it from fighting the left in the field of ideas".
Last but not least, Miguel ?ngel Quintanilla referred to the economic and institutional crisis stating that "this, above all, is a progressive and nationalist crisis ". "All that concerning us now is the result of the decisions made by the government in Spain between 2004 and 2011. Those decisions have leaders behind and an ideological inspiration called progressivism", he stated.
"This is not a conservative, centrist, classical-liberal or Spanish crisis, if by that we understand that the cause is Spain. Neither the institutional destruction we have suffered, nor the discord, nor the sectarianism, nor the frivolity, nor the budget folly, nor the social demoralization are ingrained let alone prescribed in the Constitution of 1978", Quintanilla declared at the launch of the book which he described as "comprehensive and very timely".
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