1. The American left cannot win without persuading large swathes of the right & centre There’s a comforting lie that some parts of the American left like to tell themselves. We don’t need to worry about convincing conservatives- we just need to get non-voters to vote. This has never rung true to me. What evidence … Continue reading Thinking about political persuasion from a left-Wing point of view
Here’s the fundamental problem with #cancelculture. The disciplinary instinct and the instinct to genuine social reform are opposed. To be a disciplinarian- to hunt after people who have breached the rules- is to assert implicitly that “We need to root out the bad ones”. To be a reformer, to seek to change the rules, is … Continue reading The disciplinarian and the reformer
I just finished “Mistaken identity” by Asad Haider, and like anyone who has just finished a good book I’m a proselytiser for it. My aim here is to draw out one thread of its multifaceted arguments, that the whole of the working class share a joint interest in abolishing racism in a way that is … Continue reading Mistaken Identity and misunderstood interests: Haider and identity politics
Both a Job Guarantee and UBI have been proposed as solutions to the perceived threat of a decline in demand for labour following increasing automation. We’ll take it as a given that the threat is real. While automation in the past has not reduced employment, we never faced the creation of machines progressively able to … Continue reading A third option in the UBI/Job Guarantee debate- shortening the working week.