Crisis of the left (Andy Beckett in the Guardian):
Has the left missed its moment? The radical American writer Rebecca Solnit fears so. “It felt like last October [the peak of the banking panic] was the golden moment to put forward an alternative vision,” she says. “What’s been dismaying is that there has been so little coherent response from the left since.” Lawson wonders whether the sheer size of the political opportunity presented by the financial crisis has induced paralysis: “All our Christmases have come at once, but we don’t know what to do about it.”
And Alex Callinicos’s response:
We certainly have a long march ahead of us. This is partly because of our own divisions and mistakes, but mainly because we carry the burden of the historical disasters of the mainstream left, in the shape of Stalinism and social democracy. It’s right to be sober in assessing the new situation created by the crisis and the resistance it has provoked, but the prospect is much brighter than Beckett suggests.