Excerpt: /308/ A Balance-Sheet of the Left


On the global left after the Cold War.

Has the left declined, been defeated, or is it dead? Is the continuity with the Old and New Lefts of the 20th century, or should we understand 1989 as marking a definitive break?

We use a long essay by Swedish Marxist sociologist Göran Therborn in the latest New Left Review as a plank to examine these questions. Therborn tries to present a synoptic analysis of where the left is, globally speaking, almost a quarter of the way into the 21st century. Is he right that the old dialectics of industrialism and colonialism are no longer operative – and that no new dialectic has emerged? 

And is trying to present a “balance sheet” a valid approach in the first place?
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