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Must Reads 28/10/19

“Must reads” are articles, blogs, tweets, etc that Scarlet Standard think are important, pertinent and refreshing interventions in the debates about the future of socialism in Britain.


They are not endorsements of the writers or platforms linked below.

Don’t be fooled – the EU is no defender of workers’ rights - Larry Elliott


“The European project has always made life easier for capital. That’s why multinationals like it so much.”

“The truth is that social Europe never delivered all that much, even in the days when the European economy was in much better shape than it is currently. That’s because a succession of EU treaties has enshrined in law four basic freedoms for business: the right to provide services; the right to establish an enterprise; the right to move capital; and the right to move labour. These freedoms trump all other considerations, including the right of workers to withdraw their labour.”


Why the Left Came Back - Andrew Murray


“The media treats Corbyn’s emergence as an anomaly. In fact, it is the product of decades of failed economic policies.”

“So, neoliberalism limps towards the twilight, trailing the homeless, the impoverished, the indebted and the immolated in its wake. Its economic model is broken, its political project exposed as an exercise in the assertion of class power by and for the rich. Politics stands at a turning point analogous to 1945, when the election of the first majority Labour government laid the basis for thirty years of social-democratic governing norms; or to 1979, when Thatcher began the reversal in the name of the assertion of classical liberalism. This is a moment made for an alternative agenda.”


Impostor syndrome’ is a pseudo-medical name for a class problem - Nathalie Olah


“Let’s stop using this shifty term. It just encourages people to blame themselves for deep structural unfairness.”

“What far-reaching and harmful message are we sending out when we paint the natural reaction of working-class and marginalised people as evidence of some kind of “syndrome”? Some will say it’s only a word, not a medical diagnosis, but it represents an attempt to individualise a structural issue, and to place the burden of responsibility at the door of the undervalued, or excluded. This only adds to the list of things that working-class and marginalised people already have to contend with in the continuing struggle to achieve any kind of self-esteem.”


The crisis of Conservatism; a Party in a process of ideological decline or even disintegration – Richard Seymour and James Butler


“As for the [Conservative] party, it was, even before the coagulating moment of Brexit, permeated from top to bottom by an increasingly chaos-addicted right. Cameron, pursuant to party unity, offered the reactionaries cabinet posts and concessions. Immigration caps, racist vans, a referendum and the resumption of the Tory hobby he most derided: ‘banging on about Europe’. Cameron was weak, the right was ruthless. Concessions didn’t stop record backbench rebellions, or defections to UKIP: two MPs, several big donors, dozens of councillors, and thousands of members. Nor did it stop almost half of the parliamentary party campaigning for Brexit against the Downing Street position. Dominic Cummings was famously prepared to cut off Cameron’s head every day to get Brexit. As recent polling confirms, moreover, there are a huge number of Conservative members who are not particularly attached to the Conservative Party. For the poujadiste base, this is their last chance to free the ‘little man’ from the ‘globalists’