Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Left Project launches

I'm pleased to say the New Left Project, a site that I and a few others have been working on for some time, launched today.

The New Left Project will provide analysis, commentary, discussion and debate for anyone concerned about climate change, inequality, Western foreign policy and a host of other issues.

In our first set of original pieces, Jamie Stern-Weiner examines how the crises in Haiti and Gaza reflect the politics of humanitarianism, I chat with Noam Chomsky about nuclear proliferation, climate change, Haiti and the financial crisis, a new article of mine takes on the myths surrounding debate on the British economy, and author and activist Paul Street talks in depth to our very own Alex Doherty about the state of US politics one year on from the inauguration of Barack Obama.

As well as a steady stream of original content, NLP will provide cross-posting from leading blogs on the UK left, as well as links to the best political comment and analysis from around the world.

Please check out the new site, bookmark us, tell your friends, and let us have any feedback. Submissions of original material are always welcome.

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Also this week, check out my mini-manifesto for a progressive British foreign policy at Left Foot Forward.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gordon Brown, the centre-left, and the economy

My latest article, "The antidote to Brown's caution", is published today by The Guardian.

An excerpt:

"The Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz recently said that the financial crisis of 2008 was to "market fundamentalism" what the fall of the Berlin Wall was to communism: history's definitive verdict on an ideology that had failed in spectacular fashion.

"[After] the collapse of great banks and financial houses," Stiglitz said, "only the deluded would argue that markets are self-correcting or that we can rely on the self-interested behaviour of market participants to guarantee that everything works honestly and properly".

These discredited assumptions were of course the same ones adopted by New Labour during the 1990s, as it embraced the agenda of expanding and deregulating markets, while becoming "intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich".

So the questions uppermost in my mind at Saturday's Fabian Society conference were: to what extent has the Labour party, and its broader intellectual family, learned the lessons described by Stiglitz? What discussions were going on among them, and how would they respond to these seminal events?"

Read the whole thing here.

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