Great "in a nutshell" political analysis Nan :) Last time I had read Penthouse Mag was during the Bush Sr presidency. I recently skimmed though a copy of Penthouse and was (pleasntly) surprised to see how merely two terms of Clinton have radically changed sexual thresholds in the US! Viva Monica! But I digress. Politics in Europe are hard to pin down nowadays, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In England one sees socialists with free-market policies. In France you see left-wing "intellectuals"-turned- antisemites such as R. Garaudy and former communists joining LePen's party. In Greece, some of the most visceral religious fundamentalists are left-wingers such as K. Zouraris and Lianna Kanelli (the incredible case of a lesbian member of the Greek parliament, representing the Communist Party, who is religious, nationalistic but also a proponent old lost values). Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it !