Corbyn

The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

Author: Richard Seymour

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784785334

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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How Jeremy Corbyn, the radical left candidate for the Labour leadership, won twice—and won big In the 2017 general election, Jeremy Corbyn pulled off an historic upset, attracting the biggest increase in the Labour vote since 1945. It was another reversal of expectations for the mainstream media and his ‘soft-left’ detractors. Demolishing the Blairite opposition in 2015, Corbyn had already seen off an attempted coup. Now, he had shattered the government’s authority, and even Corbyn’s most vitriolic critics have been forced into stunned mea culpas. For the first time in decades, socialism is back on the agenda—and for the first time in Labour’s history, it defines the leadership. Richard Seymour tells the story of how Corbyn’s rise was made possible by the long decline of Labour and by a deep crisis in British democracy. He shows how Corbyn began the task of rebuilding Labour as a grassroots party, with a coalition of trade unionists, young and precarious workers, students and ‘Old Labour’ pugilists, who then became the biggest campaigning army in British politics. Utilizing social media, activists turned the media’s Project Fear on its head and broke the ideological monopoly of the tabloids. After the election, with all the artillery still ranged against Corbyn, and with all the weaknesses of the Left’s revival, Seymour asks what Corbyn can do with his newfound success.
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The Candidate

Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power (2nd Edition)

Author: Alex Nunns

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN: 1682191052

Category: Political Science

Page: 390

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Drawing on first-hand interviews with those involved in the campaign, including its most senior figures, Nunns traces the origins of Jeremy Corbyn’s remarkable ascent in British politics.
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The Liberal Defence of Murder

Author: Richard Seymour

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1844679284

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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A war that has killed over a million Iraqis was a ‘humanitarian intervention’, the US army is a force for liberation, and the main threat to world peace is posed by Islam. Those are the arguments of a host of liberal commentators, ranging from Christopher Hitchens to Kanan Makiya, Michael Ignatieff, Paul Berman, and Bernard-Henri Levy. In this critical intervention, Richard Seymour unearths the history of liberal justifications for empire, showing how savage policies of conquest—including genocide and slavery—have been retailed as charitable missions. From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Seymour argues that the colonial tropes of ‘civilization’ and ‘progress’ still shape liberal pro-war discourse, and still conceal the same bloody realities. From the Hardcover edition.
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Jeremy Corbyn and the Strange Rebirth of Labour England

Author: Mark Seddon,Francis Beckett

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 178590423X

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Post-war Labour England wasn’t a bad place to live, but after Labour’s 2015 election defeat, the prospect of a healthier, happier and fairer country seemed more remote than ever. Who would have predicted that career backbencher and serial rebel Jeremy Corbyn would be the one to breathe new life into a near moribund Labour Party? Defying all odds, and most commentators and pollsters, Labour staged a remarkable comeback at the 2017 election. Love him or loathe him – and most people feel one way or the other – Corbyn represents a new hope, which everyone believed had been extinguished by the bitter hostility of the Thatcher era and the grubby triangulations of the Blair years. Almost uniquely amongst European social democratic parties, Corbyn’s party has rallied. It has turned its back on New Labour, membership is thriving and, at long last, the party is appealing to the young. Labour England wasn’t dead – it had merely been sleeping. In Jeremy Corbyn and the Strange Rebirth of Labour England, Francis Beckett and Mark Seddon offer an alternative and refreshing take on the sad fate of Labour England over the past four decades. They then turn their attention to the extraordinary reversal of fortunes of the Corbyn years, and to what a new Labour England might look like – with or without Corbyn.
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Militant

Author: Michael Crick

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785900749

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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When it was originally published in 1984, Michael Crick’s treatise on the Militant tendency was widely acclaimed as a masterly work of investigative journalism, and although the rise of Jeremy Corbyn can be attributed more to the phenomenon of ‘Corbynmania’ than to hard-left entrism, to some within the party, Crick’s ground-breaking book must seem like a lesson from history. Updated and expanded, Crick explores the origins, organisation and aims of Militant, the secret Trotskyite organisation that operated clandestinely within the Labour Party, edging out adversaries at grass-roots level and recruiting people to its own ranks, which, at its peak in the mid-1980s, swelled to around 8,000 members. Whilst eventually most of its leaders were expelled, it caused damaging rifts within the party and closed the door to Downing Street for almost a generation.
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A Party with Socialists in It

A History of the Labour Left

Author: N.A

Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)

ISBN: 9780745337470

Category:

Page: 288

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For over a hundred years, the British Labour Party has been a bastion for working class organisation and struggle. However, has it ever truly been on the side of the workers? Where do its interests really lie? And can we rely on it to provide a barrier against right-wing forces? By looking into its history, this book shines a light on the internal dynamics of the 'party with socialists in it'.From its origins in the late nineteenth century, the Labour Party was uncomfortably divided between a metropolitan liberal and a working class milieu, which characterises the party to this very day. This history guides us through the Bevanite movement and the celebrated government of Clement Attlee, to the emergence of a New Left that was highly sceptical of the Labour party during the Wilson era. It explores the move towards Blairism and the disheartening story of the decline of the Labour Left after their historic defeat in the 1980s.With the emergence of socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party's fate rests in the balance. Will they reconcile their internal divisions or split into obscurity?Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.
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You Can't Say That

Memoirs

Author: Ken Livingstone

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571280390

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 720

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A frank, gripping and moving - and controversial - autobiography from one of the most idiosyncratic and effective politicians of the last fifty years. His political convictions, his distance from New Labour, and his direct, plain-speaking style and personality have allowed him to survive longer than any of his contemporaries as a man of principle and influence. From his eccentric South London working class childhood to running one of the biggest cities in the world, Livingstone is one of the very few politicians to have scored a major victory over the Thatcher Government and has championed issues as diverse as the environment, gay rights and anti-racism. Written in Livingstone's unmistakable voice, by turns angrily sincere about social justice, wickedly droll and gossipy, and surprisingly wistful about people he has known and loved, this is a hugely important and remarkable book from one of the very few respected politicians at work today.
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The Corbyn Effect

Author: Mark Perryman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781912064687

Category: Great Britain

Page: 274

View: 4265

This is an essential post-election read for those seeking to understand the present political moment, Corbyn's leadership and a possible future for the Labour Party.
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Comrade Corbyn

Author: Rosa Prince

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785903830

Category: Great Britain

Page: 464

View: 342

He is a most unlikely revolutionary: a middle-aged, middle-class former grammar schoolboy who honed his radicalism on the mean streets of rural Shropshire. Last summer, this little-known outsider rode a wave of popular enthusiasm to win the Labour Party leadership by a landslide, with a greater mandate than any British political leader before him. This new edition of the critically acclaimed biography brings the Jeremy Corbyn story fully up to date, setting out how this very British iconoclast managed to snatch the leadership of a party he spent forty years rebelling against and, despite rebellion from within his own ranks, managed to galvanise millions to vote for him in the 2017 general election. Engaging, clear-sighted and above all revealing, Comrade Corbyn explores the extraordinary story of the most unexpected leader in modern British politics.
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Jeremy Corbyn

Accidental Hero

Author: W. Stephen Gilbert

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908998972

Category: Great Britain

Page: 176

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Literary Nonfiction. History & Politics. A few months ago, few had heard much about mild-mannered backbench MP Jeremy Corbyn. Now he is the surprise leader of the Labour Party, after winning a grassroots campaign. But who is this man who divides his own party, the media, and Britain in general. Is he an accidental hero, a footnote waiting to happen, or is he a new kind of politician, one who no longer plays by the rules of spin? W. Stephen Gilbert has crafted a brief, lucid, compelling and readable study of the politician we will all be talking about for years to come. This is the necessary primer to find out what you need to know.
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The Meaning of David Cameron

Author: Richard Seymour

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1846944562

Category: Political Science

Page: 107

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David Cameron has been sold to the British electorate as a thoroughly modern politician, part Blair, part Thatcher, a one nation conservative with a soft spot for social democracy, the green movement, big and small business, youth, minorities, traditionalists, the armed forces and the old. Has a politician ever been sold as so many things to so many people, at home in fashion magazines as he is at Party conferences? But despite being told, arguably more, about Cameron the man than any other politician he remains vacuous, strangely unformed, a cipher for the real interests and forces he represents. The Meaning of Cameronis an unmasking of the false politics Cameron embodies, and an examination of the face the mask has eaten into.
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American Insurgents

A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism

Author: Richard Seymour

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 1608461629

Category: History

Page: 230

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"Seymour's obsessively researched, impressive first book holds its place as the most authoritative historical analysis of its kind."—Resurgence All empires spin self-serving myths, and in the United States the most potent of these is that America is a force for democracy around the world. Yet there is a tradition of American anti-imperialism which gives the lie to this mythology. Richard Seymour examines this complex relationship from the Revolution to the present-day. Richard Seymour is a socialist writer and runs the blog Lenin's Tomb. He is the author of The Liberal Defense of Murder. His articles have appeared in the Guardian and New Statesman.
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Europe in Revolt

Mapping the New European Left

Author: Catarina Príncipe,Bhaskar Sunkara

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 1608466582

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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The global recession has had political consequences across the world, but nowhere greater than in the periphery of Europe. In response, a massive wave of resistance erupted across the continent. The book examines the key parties and figures behind this insurgency, with insider coverage of both the roots of the social crisis and the radicals seeking to reverse it. Catarina Príncipe is a social movement activist from Portugal and a contributing editor at Jacobin magazine. Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine.
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The Left's Jewish Problem

Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism

Author: Dave Rich

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785901516

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 1870

There is a sickness at the heart of left-wing British politics, and though predominantly below the surface, it is silently spreading, becoming ever more malignant. With three separate inquiries into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in the first six months of 2016 alone, it seems hard to believe that, until the 1980s, the British left was broadly pro-Israel. And while the election of Jeremy Corbyn may have thrown a harsher spotlight on the crisis, it is by no means a recent phenomenon. The widening gulf between British Jews and the anti-Israel left - born out of antiapartheid campaigns and now allying itself with Islamist extremists who demand Israel’s destruction - did not happen overnight or by chance: political activists made it happen. This book reveals who they were, why they chose Palestine and how they sold their cause to the left. Based on new academic research into the origins of this phenomenon, combined with the author's daily work observing political extremism, contemporary hostility to Israel, and anti-Semitism, this book brings new insight to the left's increasingly controversial 'Jewish problem'.
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Jeremy Corbyn

Leading from the Left

Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781516971893

Category:

Page: 122

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The first biography of Jeremy Corbyn
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For the Many ...

Preparing Labour for Power

Author: Mike Phipps

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN: 1682191338

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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This lively anthology explores the pivotal role played by Labour’s manifesto during the extraordinary British election of June 2017, one in which the party, under the radical leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, closed a twenty point opinion poll deficit to come within a whisker of winning. It analyses the policies outlined in a widely-acclaimed programme showing how they can be developed further to become an effective blueprint for a future Labour government. Mike Phipps’s introduction, based on discussions with key insiders, looks at the way the manifesto was assembled and at the crucial role it played in transforming Labour’s electoral fortunes. It is followed by chapters that expand on each of the manifesto’s sections, written by specialists who are expert in their respective fields. The contributors discuss the strengths and shortcomings of the policies and look at the ways they have been tested by events since the election, including the government’s floundering negotiations on Brexit, the catastrophic Grenfell tower block fire, and the escalating crisis in the National Health Service. For the Many … provides a vital tool for activists who want to see the policies of Labour’s 2017 election manifesto expanded and radicalised as the party prepares for power.
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Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens

Author: Richard Seymour

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 184467990X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Describes the life of the English American author and journalist who was a prominent public intellectual who wrote about his theophobia and how he was equally fascinated and repulsed by both the Left and the Right as revolutionary forces. Original. 15,000 first printing.
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The Benn Diaries

Author: Tony Benn

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473539382

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 736

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Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times. This single-volume edition is the selected highlights of the complete diaries from Tony's schooldays in the 1940s until he ceased keeping a record of his day-to-day thoughts in 2009. The narrative starts with Tony as a schoolboy and takes the reader through his experience as a trainee pilot during the war, his tentative first days as a backbencher in Atlee's post-war government, through his battle to remain in the Commons after the death of his father. From cabinet posts and leadership battles, through election highs ands lows to becoming a retired widower. Tony Benn was a consistently radical voice campaigning for the causes he was passionate about. This volume is the definitive legacy of the best political diarist of our times.
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Politics in a Time of Crisis

Podemos and the Future of Democracy in Europe

Author: Pablo Iglesias

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784783366

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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A manifesto for a new, democratic left: a political programme poised to transform Europe Since 2011, Pablo Iglesias has led Podemos, a new radical left party in Spain that is reframing the nature of modern politics. Under his guidance, the party has unmasked the ideological motives behind European austerity, revealing the true nature of this power grab conducted on behalf of elites intent on dismantling the welfare state. Here, Iglesias delineates his political vision. He skewers not only the Spanish establishment, but also the anti-democratic bloc comprising the Troika, corporate interests, and the “Wall Street Party.” Politics in a Time of Crisis—which includes an in-depth interview with Iglesias—is an incisive examination of the current situation in Europe as well as a stirring call for international resistance. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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A History of the British Labour Party

Author: Andrew Thorpe

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 1137409843

Category: History

Page: 424

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After thirteen years in power, Labour suddenly returned to being the party of opposition in 2010. This new edition of A History of the British Labour Party brings us up-to-date, examining Gordon Brown's period in office and the Labour Party under the leadership of Ed Miliband. Andrew Thorpe's study has been the leading single-volume text on the Labour Party since its first edition in 1997 and has now been thoroughly revised throughout to include new approaches. This new edition: • covers the entirety of the party's history, from 1900 to 2014 • examines the reasons for the party's formation, and its aims • analyses the party's successes and failures, including its rise to second party status and remarkable recovery from its problems in the 1980s • discusses the main events and personalities of the Labour Party, such as MacDonald, Attlee, Wilson, Blair and Brown With his approachable style and authoritative manner, Thorpe has created essential reading for students of political history, and anyone wishing to familiarise themselves with the history and development of one of Britain's major political parties.
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