Paul Mason: Brexit, Corbyn & the Changing Economic and Political Landscape
Meeting of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society
Neoliberal capitalism is busted, discredited and on life support.
Brexit signals, at the very least, the high water mark of globalisation, with populist politics and nationalist rhetoric corroding the power of reason; and companies like Sports Direct alongside the growing ‘gig’ economy of self-employment and fragmentation underline the modern reality of precarious work, coercive management and absence of unions.
But the Corbyn phenomena with its mass influx of new left-leaning members, alongside other broader political forces and social movements, offers a massive and historic opportunity to fight for a radical reshaping of the economy and society in a more democratic and equal fashion, including a new legal charter than extends human rights to the workplace as the first line of defence against bosses such Mike Ashley.
Can Labour become a social movement, and what can political parties learn from horizontal networked activism?
Arthur Priest Memorial Lecture
Guardian columnist, and former economics editor for Channel 4 News and BBC 2 Newsnight. Author of Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere and Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future.