Corbynism: A Critical Approach (SocietyNow) Paperback – 16 Jul 2018
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"Using Marxist critical theory, this timely and courageous book analyses Corbyn's left populism as significantly diverging from the key traditions of the class struggle and democratic left." --Dr David Hirsh Source: University of London
"This book is much needed . . . it cuts through the fog of uncritical adulation and unthinking hostility toward Jeremy Corbyn to shine a light on the origins and dynamics of this often misunderstood part of modern British politics." --Professor Paul Thompson
Bolton and Pitts offer a more conceptual, analytical, and abstract account than the many other books on the political thought of Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party. Their goal is to provide a critical orientation towards the foundations and implications of the rapidly germinating but theoretically deep-rooted intellectual world they call Corbynism. They discuss taking Corbynism seriously; explaining 2017: the rise and fall of austerity populism; the preconditions of Corbynism: on two-campism; on the right side of history: the moral mythology of Corbynism; taking back control: Corbynism in one country; and things can and they will change: class, post-capitalism, and left populism. --Annotation ©2018 Source: (protoview.com)
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The book encompasses a journalistic appraisal of his rise and first couple of years as Labour leader (worth revisiting quite how remarkable it is) with the 'critical approach' where Marxist theory is used to put Corbynism within a broader context. I find both sides approachable and entertaining.
This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in current-day British politics.
What one finds is an almost total ignorance of the complex subject-matter - really just a wordy rehash of media reporting on the subject, and omission of any mention of the well-documented counter-evidence.
This reflects a wider lack of intellectual credibility.
In an age when the Government seem to care more about internal politics, tax cuts and keeping their friends happy. The nation is in a mess, there is the greedy capitalism, where a CEO can get a £78million bonus, whereas some people are being paid a living wage if they are lucky. We have rampant banks, while they close branches, it is unfortunate that the only bank that has any growth are the foodbank. There is not enough money for the Police to safely protect towns, the NHS is being sold of to Americans and Virgin against the people’s wishes.
Academics Matt Bolton and Frederick Harry Pitts have taken a critical approach to Corbynism and have managed to capture some of the essence of the new political doctrine. Corbyn has always been an enthusiastic internationalist, anti-EU, pro-trade unionist, anti-capitalist, pro-peace campaigner, which all go to make up his world view. Their critical approach looks at his beliefs and aligns it with the broader modern political and economic shifts that are continuing to happen.
There are some very interesting chapters in this book that will terrify some and electrify others; and may argue for and against the idea that Corbyn sees the world’s humanity built on a negative baseline of the universal fear of cruelty. Whereas I think Corbyn wants all human’s to be equal without the need of cruelty, as it is that which has destroyed relationships between us all.
Both the authors have sensibly used Marxist critical theory to analyse Corbynism, especially as he is the face and leader of the popular left in Britain. What we do learn is that Corbynism is diverging from many of the key traditions of the democratic left. Whether he thinks we need to look at the class struggle through a different prism is very debatable.
Since his election as Leader of the Labour Party and the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, Corbyn has regularly been dismissed or derided by the right. Who can forget the mauling he received for not singing the national anthem asking God save the Queen, when he is a republican. No sensible explanation that as a republican it goes against his personal, and that of many, belief in the Queen or the monarchy she heads.
This is an excellent volume which tackles Corbynism from a Marxist view point without the petty ignorance of the right. This is a proper look at Corbyn’s world view and therefore much of his political thinking. If you do not understand Corbyn or the new left then this book will open your eyes.
Then you too will start questioning that state that the UK is in!