[Marxism] New collection of essays explores the needed Left Turn

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 22:31:04 MDT 2012

*Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left*
Edited by Antony Loewenstein & Jeff Sparrow
Melbourne University Press,
RRP $32.99

In the past few years, the world economy has fallen into its deepest crisis
for eight decades with no end in sight, shocked scientists have reported
new evidence the climate is changing quicker than feared and opinion polls
have reflected widespread anger and cynicism with mainstream political
parties openly tied to business interests.

There are fewer reasons to be confident of a rosy capitalist future than
ever before. Yet in Australia, the left has not made any big political
breakthroughs. Business, and politics, as usual seems entrenched.

This is the premise of *Left Turn*, a new selection of political essays
edited by Antony Loewenstein and Jeff Sparrow. The book is an attempt to
launch a wider discussion about the unusual period we’re in, where “crisis
stalks the old political order and yet no new alternatives seem possible”.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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