The Death of the Left

Why We Must Begin from the Beginning Again

By Simon Winlow and Steve Hall

Published

Nov 15, 2022

Page count

225 pages

ISBN

978-1447354154

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 15, 2022

Page count

225 pages

ISBN

978-1447354161

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
The Death of the Left

“The Left is dead. Its ailments cannot be cured. In its current form it cannot win elections, transform the economy, or advance the interests of the broad multi-ethnic working class.”

Winlow and Hall argue that the only way to resurrect what was once valuable in leftist politics is to declare the left dead and begin from the beginning again. They focus on key historical moments when the left could have pushed history in a better direction. They identify the root causes of its maladies, describe how new cultural obsessions displaced core unifying principles, and explore the yawning chasm that now separates the left from the working class. Drawing upon a wealth of historical evidence to structure its story of entryism, corruption, fragmentation and decline, they close the book by outlining how a new reincarnation of the left can win in the 21st century.

“This is probably the most important book to emerge in the humanities and social sciences in the last two decades.” Tara Brabazon, Flinders University

"Hard to put down. A long, difficult and sad tale that needs to be told." Lisa McKenzie, author of Getting By

“A provocative post-mortem of the Anglophone left's ideological missteps that will spark fierce debate among activists, scholars and students.” Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of London

“Too often, instead of instigating much-needed soul-searching, the left’s political failures are blamed on an electorate who failed to support them. This book is a much-needed corrective and elucidates the long path the left has had to tread to get to what might be its final resting place. At the same time, it is a hopeful and rousing call for humanity to retake the economic engine-room. Informative and clearly written, this book is a must-read for everyone across the political spectrum.” Ashley Frawley, Swansea University and author of Semiotics of Happiness

"Winlow and Hall tackle head-on the central political and social question of our time. Forthright and stimulating, this book is a must-read for all those interested in what comes next." Philip Cunliffe, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL

“Combative, provocative and necessary, this book should be read by anyone interested in the plight of the working class.” Deirdre O’Neill, filmmaker

“A much-needed wake-up call for the so-called progressives and latte liberals that patrol the borders of academe.” Keith Hayward, University of Copenhagen.

Simon Winlow is Professor of Criminology at Northumbria University. Steve Hall is Emeritus Professor of Criminology at Teesside University. Together, they are the authors of many notable works in the social sciences, including the recent Rise of the Right: English Nationalism and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics.

1. The mortgage on the left’s future foreclosed

2. Democracy, without the people? The rise and fall of left populism

3. Wrong turns

4. Beginnings

5. Changes

6. The New Left

7. Postmodernism, neoliberalism and the left

8. Identity politics

9. The politics of nostalgia

10. A return to Eeonomics

11. Futures