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Twenty-First Century Socialism by Jeremy Gilbert

Twenty-First Century Socialism

Jeremy Gilbert

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Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 7 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781509536566

"In this urgent manifesto for a 21st century left, Jeremy Gilbert shows that we need a revitalised socialist politics that learns from the past to adapt to contemporary challenges"--

4 stars out of 5
6 Feb 2020

"The writing here is conversational, accessible. Yet the points being made feel heretical..."

The writing here is conversational, accessible. Yet the points being made feel heretical, so used have most people become to seeing capitalism, for all its failings, as essentially impregnable. Gilbert also usefully reminds us that, for much of the 20th century, governments across the world regularly turned things that had been commodities, such as education and health, into public goods that were effectively outside the market. Since the 80s, capitalism’s many political allies have worked tirelessly and often successfully to take these goods back under the market’s control, through privatisation. But there are now signs of that process going into reverse, with even the Conservatives being forced to renationalise failing rail companies... 

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