The left is alive and well and living in the royal family of Holland
A recent comment here (from my old buddy "anonymous," natch) questioned the influence of the left on current American politics. Scroll down at the link for the discussion which followed, if interested.
Whatever the influence of the current left in the US, here's a piece by Peaktalk's Pieter Dorsman, indicating that the influence of the very furthest reaches of the left are quite strong on at least one segment of the Dutch royal family, the queen's sister Princess Irene.
Princess Irene has said recently, in a statement indicative of a fairly extreme version of one wing of pacifism (more about that soon: Part IIB of my pacifism series is in the works):
“Western leaders of government have to take some steps. Talking to al-Qaeda and demonstrating that by doing that you can put an end to the classic enemy-view with real and open discussions”, according to Irene.
And here's Irene on the genesis of Al Qaeda:
The root causes of Islamist violence can, according to Irene, be found in poverty, trade barriers, and wrong relations. “The differences between the haves and have-nots is totally out of balance.”
Ah, but of course. A classic case of simplistic and incomplete explanations/excuses (although I'm not entirely sure what she means by "wrong relations;" that could cover a lot, including something akin to truth).
And lest you think Irene is just a blithering idiot to whom no one listens, here is more, from Pieter:
Don’t laugh. There are a lot of people who actually believe this nonsense, especially when it has a royal imprint. And the Dutch royal family is known for its willingness and ability to influence decision making in The Netherlands, not being hindered by any astute sense of what’s going on in the real world. Or by the constitutional tradition for royals to not interfere with or comment on politics.