“Something is happening in this country when someone like me — who is a communist, who wants a republic — emerges as the most valued politician in the polls,” the leader of Izquierda Unida, or United Left, Alberto Garzón, told the Finacial Times.
According to FT, the 30-year old eself-described Marxist is now the most popular politician in Spain.
Polls suggest Unidos Podemos, the leftist alliance that brings together Mr Gárzon’s group and the bigger Podemos party, is on course to win 25 per cent of the vote. That would make Unidos Podemos, or United We Can, the second-biggest bloc in parliament, and turn the recently formed alliance into a genuine contender to lead the next Spanish government...
The rapid rise of Unidos Podemos is not least to his credit. In Mr Garzón, the alliance has a youthful and articulate politician who connects well with disenchanted younger voters. At the same time, he does not provoke the sharp antagonism that has been directed at Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos...
In ideological terms, too, there are differences. “We are more orthodox. We continue to believe in class struggle and we believe that capitalism is an economic system that has to be overcome. They [Podemos] are post-Marxists,” says Mr Garzón, before adding: “But we have the same trajectory, the same roots.The seeming universal failure of the masses to understand the evil anti-freedom structural foundation of socialism, Marxism, etc. and the horrific economic oppression it leads to is quite stunning.
Free market advocacy at present is pretty much a pebble in a statist ocean.