Graham Taylor on GA Cohen

Gary MacLennan g.maclennan at
Thu Nov 25 00:36:39 MST 1999

Habermas' remarks on how Left Parties have taken up cultural and
constitution al modernbisation but abandoned any notion of econ0omic
redress are particularly relevant to an understanding of Blairism.

We had the same phenomenon in Australia with the Keating Labor government
supporting women, gays and blacks while attacking the working class through
enterprise bargaining.

there was a pre4dicatble backlash from the working class and they shifted
to voting Tory in large numbers.  They also voted down the referendum.

Perhaps Blair will foster the same kind of ressentiment.



At 08:00  25/11/99 +0200, you wrote:
>Jim Farmelant wrote:
> >List subscribers may recall Chris Burford's habit of presenting
>himself as a Marxist-Leninist while acting as a cheerleader
>for Tony Blair.  Is this typical of Democratic Left members?
>Yes.  But the problem is greater than that.  To anyone with a few radical
>instincts, there appears to be a continuum between Blairism and what used to
>be the "left" project. Blairism has, with the assistance of  much of the old
>Euro/DL brigade, reworked issues such as racism, women's oppression and
>"humanitarian' issues which used to be cornerstones of broad left politics.
>As a result, anyone looking for a left alternative these days will much more
>easily discount surviving remanants of the old left as just a fringe version
>of discredited mainstream thinking.

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