August 20, 2016

THE ONLY WAY IS THIRD:

Can There Be a Party of the Left in Britain? (JANE MILLER, 8/18/16, In These Times)

We may be watching the Labour Party's death throes. It gets harder by the day to recall that heady time less than 20 years ago when Labour won the General Election--after 18 years of Tory rule--with a huge majority. So what's happened? Paradoxically, given its title, Richard Seymour's Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics charts a history of the party's decline.

It's a long story of successful efforts by the Labour Party establishment to keep its left wing under control and as far as possible from power. Under Tony Blair, the party was firmly centre-right. Yes, there were a few improvements on welfare and taxation, but Blair was in thrall to Thatcherism, and his government did little to reduce inequality and nothing to return privatised industries and utilities to public ownership.

As Corbyn demonstrates in Britain and Trump in America, there is nothing more deadly to a party's political fortunes in the modern Anglosphere than to be identified with the Second and First Ways respectively.  Corbyn is everything the Left ever wanted in a leader as Trump is the Right's dream candidate.  They are anathema to their fellow citizens.

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