The Future of Socialism: The Book That Changed British Politics

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It is impossible to think of the intellectual landscape of Britain today without recognising the power of Crosland's The Future of Socialism in all aspects of the political debate. Still relevant 50 years after it was first published, Crosland's masterwork was a radical reworking of the role of the post-war Labour Party. This book sets out the philosophy for the New Labour project and also contains the key for reviving the fortunes of the Party of the future.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. It's a sign of the times we're in that this book was a bombshell on the British Left of its day, an iconoclastic, tour de force of revisionist thinking to equal 'Die Voraussetzungen des Sozialismus', the original revisionist text of Eduard Bernstein written at the turn of the century in Germany. Tony Crosland immediately became a saint to rightward-leaning moderate socialists and a devil to the traditional Left.

His attempt to re-cast socialism for the post-war era was seen by some as a betrayal and a repudiation of socialism itself while, for others, it showed the way forward and excavated the essential values of the socialist movement out from under a host of unnecessary and destructive accretions that had attached themselves to it.

After reading the book and comparing Crosland's revised socialism with the state of much post's socialist and social-democratic thinking, it is somewhat jarring to note that, were he alive today, Crosland would probably be seen on the Left of the Labour movement rather than the Right where he was in his own day. Moreover, although it has often been argued that the modern Labour Party is the living fruit of his work, I think it unfair in a way rather as it is, to a degree, unfair to lay 20th Century communism at Marx' feet to attribute the Blair years to Tony Crosland's legacy.

The man has been misunderstood it seems by friend and foe alike.

Far from being the scribblings of a craven sell-out to free-market capitalism, this book reveals itself to be the work of a highly-intelligent, principled democratic socialist trying to argue, in essence, that socialism had been misdefined by history as 'state-ownership of the means of production' whereas the true essence of the socialist movement had always been in extending democratic participation and control into society.

According to Crosland, democracy and equality are the hallmarks of socialism rather than the nationalisation of enterprises. This argument in a sense much more radical than bland proposals to put public enterprises under dull, bureaucratic administration, in no way more meaningfully 'popular property' than privately-owned firms rests on firm ground with regard to the history of socialist ideas.



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