Despite a significant growth in popularity and some quickening of life, the political culture of the left remains weak, fractured and disoriented. This book charts the turns and realignments imprinted on the left over decades through the ascendancy of Stalinism to its collapse and the subsequent global reshufflings.
The working class needs an independent politics with its own compass and path. The left must emerge from defining itself in a negative and reactive way and rediscover what the real left must be for.
Written to complement Can Socialism Make Sense?, which argues for unabridged socialist and anti-capitalist aims.