Blue Labour: The Politics of the Common Good (Hardcover)

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Blue Labour: The Politics of the Common Good (Hardcover)



Labour has been on a wild ride over the past thirty years. New Labour argued that we had no choice but to accept a globalized free market economy in which the race was to the swift, the open and the flexible. Corbynism reacted against this with a jumble of old school statism and identity politics. Both ultimately failed.

In this book, Maurice Glasman takes the axe to the soulless utilitarianism and 'progressive' intolerance of both Blair and Corbyn. Human beings, he contends, are not calculating machines, but faithful, relational beings who yearn for meaning and belonging. Rooted in their homes, families and traditions, they seek to resist the revolutionary upheaval of markets and states, which try to commodify and dominate their lives and homes, by the practice of democracy, mutuality and pluralism. This is the true Labour tradition, which is paradoxically both radical and conservative - and more relevant than ever in a post-COVID world.

This crisp statement of the real politics of Blue Labour - rather than the absurd caricature of its detractors - is Glasman's love letter to the left-conservatism that provides Labour's best chance of moral - and indeed electoral - redemption.

Maurice Glasman is a Labour Life peer and the founder of Blue Labour.
Product Details ISBN: 9781509528868
ISBN-10: 1509528865
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication Date: October 31st, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English