′Callinicos presents a fundamentalist leftist critique of "thirdway philosophy", and argues that international protests againstglobal capitalism provide the model for the future development ofthe left. Think of Callinicos as a somewhat more cerebral anddecidedly more hardline Naomi Klein.′ The Bookseller
′Callinicos′s short book is a goldmine. In the space availablehe offers analysis of, among other things, economic globalisation,the "IT revolution" and its role in the recent US boom, the limits(and possibilities) of state action, the "new world order" and thevarious "humanitarian" wars of interventions of recent years, the"moral agenda" within Third Way politics, and trends towards"global governance". In each case he displays an immense grasp of awide range of sources and presents often complex arguments in anaccessible manner ... Callinicos′s book should become an essentialpart of our armour – buy it, read it, use it.′ The SocialistReview
′[A] theoretical critique of the Blairite model of modernisationis offered by Alex Callinicos in Against the Third Way,which is unforgiving of those who seek to blur the distinctionsbetween left and right.′ Mark Perryman, New Statesman
′This is not just [a] book about ideas but about the politicaleconomy and sociology of capitalism underlying them.′Millennium
From the Back Cover
The Third Way is the political philosophy of Tony Blair and NewLabour in Britain, Bill Clinton in the United States, and GerhardSchröder in Germany. Defended most forcefully by AnthonyGiddens, it claims to offer a strategy for renewing the Centre Leftthat avoids the free–market liberalism of the New Right and thestate socialism of the Old Left.
In Against the Third Way Alex Callinicos develops afundamental critique of this philosophy. He argues that Third Waygovernments have continued the neoliberal policies of theirconservative predecessors. They have promoted the interests of themultinational corporations, privatized areas where Ronald Reagan orMargaret Thatcher dared not go, and allowed social and economicinequality to continue growing. Callinicos also attacks thetheoretical underpinnings of the Third Way. He challenges the ideathat the ′knowledge economy′ is freeing us from the contradictionsof capitalism, denies that New Labour has coherent strategies forachieving greater equality or reconciling the interests ofindividual and community, and argues that what is called ′politicalglobalization′ – the higher profile of international institutionssuch as NATO, the IMF, and the WTO – masks the assertion ofAmerican imperial power.
The best hope for the Left, Callinicos contends, lies in theemergence of an international movement against global capitalismwith the protests at Seattle, Prague, and elsewhere. Those who wantto see real change should be challenging the logic of the marketrather than, like Blair and Clinton, extending its dominion.