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Marielle Leraand
Former Deputy Chairman of Rødt.
WAR / In the ongoing conflict between Russia and the West in Ukraine, social democrats, social liberals and green politicians have been among the most ardent supporters of war and confrontational politics. And when "solidarity" becomes a tool for warmongers, the political right can become a strategic ally.

Is it true that we see tendencies towards the radical left more often finding themselves together with parts of the right in political conflicts, so that we can say that the so-called horseshoe theory has something to do with it? Yes, it applies far from all, nor most political conflicts, but it applies in some areas. One of the areas at issue is the most important of all political questions: the question of war and peace.

The anti-war strategy of the labor movement

Historically, the issue of war and peace has been one of the most defining divisions between right and left. The radical labor movement has from the beginning been associated with the idea that war between nations is an evil that should be stopped by workers on both sides refusing to fight each other, and if given the order to shoot, rather shoot their own officers than shoot at other workers on the other side of the border. On the opposite side, the far-right ideologies of fascism and Nazism arose in the wake of the First World War as an expression of the extreme opposition to this. For Høyreto the extremists, war was not simply an acceptable means of safeguarding the nation's interests in conflict with others, as it was in traditional bourgeois thinking. . .

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