Social democracy and late capitalist societies… April 17, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Interesting Prospect podcast recently on ‘The End for Labour?’. In it one contributor made the following point in answer to a question as to whether Pilketty’s book had had an influence in providing a possible solution for social democrat parties away from what seems like inexorable decline. The answer was that no it hadn’t, at least not beyond a limited circle of readers.
I think the wider electorate still has a strong sense of fairness and fair dealing and what they’re due but I don’t think it’s made people turn in the direction of social democrat parties. Which I find very puzzling because like you I find social democracy to be still quite as relevant for late capitalist societies as it has always been.
And in relation to Corbyn the contributor still found this puzzling suggesting that his views (Corbyn’s) in relation to the EU, foreign affairs, etc, were probably somewhat closer to ‘the people who have left the LP’ over those issues than any leader before him and yet he’s still not regarded with any respect. Of course one could introduce a massive caveat here which is that the UKIP level of support while not derisory is still pretty minor. And then the panel had to note the impact of the loss of Scotland. I cannot stop thinking that the loss of LP support in Scotland has been utterly under and unconsidered by those on the left. I suspect it may be the key factor in regard to a large range of areas in the future in terms of the development of the UK and so on.