Unable to associate themselves with their country of birth, the Turkish left always feels obliged to serve any master that would have them
As the Turkish lira plummets against the U.S. dollar, Turkey's self-proclaimed anti-imperialists clap their hands and cheer for Washington like monkeys in a banana plantation. Welcome to Turkey, the land of leftists who bet their political future on the weakening of the national currency. In cooperation with American liberals, they hope to bring down the empire. In recent weeks, they even urged fellow leftists to buy $100 each in an effort to force the government out of power.For us conservatives, the left's love affair with the U.S. dollar is quite difficult to understand. After all, we are reactionaries who could not possibly think like progressives. We do not know materialism. Nor do we understand the dialectical kind. And historical determinism just confuses us. Hadn't your grand master, Karl Marx, considered the colonization of India by the British as a necessary stage? Meanwhile, British colonizers argued that chopping off the thumbs of Indian textile producers was inevitable due to the necessity of destroying the local textile industry. Unable to compete with high-quality Indian textiles, the colonizers had found a smart solution.
To the ordinary leftist, reality simply had to prove theory right. Without a capitalist stage, there could be no communism.
Unfortunately, Turkey's leftists think exactly like Marx on the colonization of India. They desperately wish to bankrupt the Turkish economy because they have a theory: People need to lose their jobs and hope so that they can understand why socialism is the ultimate good. Needless to say, the "enlightened" people will then ask the good-hearted leftists intellectuals to save the country.
What a tragedy!
The people who call for the artificial weakening of the Turkish lira justify their position by claiming that a weaker national currency will force President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan out of power. In 2013, the same people were cheering the Gezi Park protests – so much for consistency.
To be clear, the root cause of the Turkish left's existential crisis is their discord with the rest of society. Unable to associate themselves with their country of birth, they feel obliged to serve any master that would have them. Some would like to believe that the leftist intellectuals are suffering from alienation – a condition from which know-it-alls which hate their fellow citizens often suffer. Absolutely wrong. The gentlemen are merely enemies of the people.