Editor’s Note: The triumph of the no-nothing Right

What Edmund Burke called “just prejudice” has been replaced by the unjust prejudice of an ideological and anti-intellectual right-wing political and media culture. 

In 1975 Paul Johnson published a provocative New Statesman piece in which he lamented the “disintegration of Labour’s intellectual left”. A former NS editor, Johnson was moving right and would become an ardent Thatcherite and pro-Tory polemicist. But in 1975 he knew change was coming and believed that “without a struggle, with complacency, almost with eagerness”, the Labour left had delivered itself, “body, mind and soul, into the arms of the trade union movement”. He went...
source: New Statesman

2019-06-12 20:26
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