Back to the Future of Socialism: International Comparisons

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What’s gone wrong with capitalism, and how should governments respond? What does the future hold for the left in the United Kingdom in the face of the austerity straitjacket around its politics and media? Anthony Crosland’s The Future of Socialism provided a creed for governments of the center left until the global banking crisis. Now Peter Hain presents an evidence-based case for a radical alternative to the neoliberal economic agenda. A substantial new afterword in the paperback edition outlines what the Labour Party needs to do following the 2015 UK General Election to win again by returning to its core values of decency, social justice, equality, and prosperity for all.

A rousing alternative to the neoliberal, right-wing orthodoxy of our era, Hain’s book is now even more essential reading for everyone interested in the future of the left.

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Peter Hain was Labour MP for Neath from 1991 to 2015 and held a number of senior posts in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's governments.  After his South African family was forced into exile in 1966, he became a leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain, also obtaining degrees at Queen Mary College, London, and Sussex University.  Over nearly 50 years in UK politics Hain is known for favouring candour over caution, and plain speaking over political spin. He has published twenty books—including his memoir, Outside In—as well as pamphlets and media articles, appearing widely on radio and television.

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“A clarion call for justice, equality, and liberty to triumph. Greed and selfishness, a widening chasm between the haves and the have-nots, indifference to climate change and poverty, threaten the very future of humankind.” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

“Taking up where Tawney and Crosland left off, Hain shows practical ways in which sustained recovery of fairness, fulfillment, and freedom can be achieved in this generation.” (Lord Neil Kinnock)

“Hain proves why reports of the death of socialism were greatly exaggerated. It just needed reviving.” (Kevin Maguire Daily Mirror)

“Fresh thinking to tackle rising inequality and environmental degradation which imperil human development today.” (Helen Clark administrator of United Nations Human Development Group, former New Zealand Prime Minister)

"This is a tour de force, and could hardly be more timely." (William Keegan Observer)

“A front-line politician’s treatise that makes the case for democratic socialism over neoliberalism has to be welcome. Hain makes clear why there can be no going back to New Labour, if the party is to be true to its soul.” (Baroness Ruth Lister)

“When prominent politicians leave the House of Commons they tend to write memoirs looking back at their time in politics—but Peter Hain has chosen to write a book looking forward.” (Jason Evans South Wales Evening Post)

“Hain makes the case for an active, enabling state. . . . Whether it’s freeing up our greatest economic assets (people) through improved working conditions, or investing in homes, schools, childcare, and green jobs to create growth, the state must have a role. It’s a point worth making—not least, as Hain says, because otherwise history is bound to repeat itself. But though he critiques the past, Hain relentlessly looks to the future, providing not just a blueprint for government but a shot in the arm for socialists struggling to recover confid­ence in the face of the onslaught from the right in recent years. . . . The value of this book is that it sparks the sort of lively and nuanced debate that is too often drowned out in a public discussion so dominated by neoliberal values.” (Lisa Nandy Tribune (UK))

“Its strength is its pace and breadth . . . . Back to the Future of Socialism is powerful, questionable, confrontational—but not dull.” (Mark Leftly Independent (UK))

“Indefatigably upbeat. . . . One of the most attractive aspects of Hain’s politics is his international hinterland, the huge part the anti-apartheid struggle played in his life (which he has addressed poignantly in other books). With so many MPs of all parties rising through the hideously narrow world of Westminster, his decision to stand down will deprive Labour of a powerful voice in parliament. But, as Tony Benn said, perhaps he’ll have more time to devote to politics.” (John Kampfner Observer (UK))

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