The long revolution: why the left needs a strategic and long-term perspective

Soundings - ISSN 1362-6620
Volume 2021 Number 77

The long revolution: why the left needs a strategic and long-term perspective
Michael Rustin, pages 121-134
DOI: 10.3898/SOUN.77.09.2021

Abstract

How should a political party that is primarily focused on winning elections respond when it suffers a catastrophic electoral defeat? Some tactical steps have been taken by Keir Starmer, but there has been little engagement in the task of seeking an understanding of the deeper context of events and exploring new and memorable political ideas. One resource for a transformative perspective are the ideas of Raymond Williams: in particular the idea of the ‘long revolution’, and of the central role of culture and processes of learning. Labour needs to focus some energy on considering such questions: among its other roles, a progressive party needs to have an educative purpose and a diagnostic capacity.

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Michael Rustin (2021) The long revolution: why the left needs a strategic and long-term perspective, Soundings, 2021(77), 121-134

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