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An intellectual masterclass,
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This review is from: Left Without a Future?: Social Justice in Anxious Times (Paperback)
Anthony Painter's book is one of breadth and depth. Painter draw together themes and thinking on morality, political economy, sociology, anthropology and history to make a single coherent case.
Painter has understood (and explained succinctly) the fundamental changes our society and economy has undergone in the past thirty years and rightly argues that the Croslandite/Fabian tradition within the Labour Party has reached the end of the line.
His concept of a social democratic project based on redistribution of power and institution-building is the most compelling revision of that tradition on offer in British politics.
This is not a book that will be popular within the Labour Party, either on the right or the left. Some on the left will applaud his critique of New Labour whilst baulking at his rejection of orthodox solutions to the problems Britain faces and his clear affiliation to the democratic republican school of thought.
This book gives me hope that we can build a better future. My only sadness is that many within Labour have not fully taken on board Painter's suggestions.