The Spirit of New Socialism
And the End of Class Based Politics
About The Author
Robert Corfe’s reputation is already established in this country and further afield as the founder of New Socialism, a movement established for the regeneration of the Labour Party and other democratic parliamentary bodies throughout the world. This is his first in a series of four books on the theory and practice of New Socialism, and concentrates on the issue of rebuilding the membership of leading left of centre parties. After identifying the mismatch between new society and old ideas, he argues how important it is as a first step in reinvigorating political life to up-date the principles and thinking of the Labour Party. He shows clearly how the (mostly hidden) influence of Marx is now frustrating the achievement of a Socialist society. He then describes the type of membership which is desirable for the future, and the need to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the well-established. In the penultimate section, he discusses the question of social ethics, and how the churches may be drawn in to support the cause; before concluding with three chapters addressing some urgent issues of our time.
Is Socialism to have a future? Only through adopting the principles & practices of New Socialism – so argues the author of this book.
Socialism today means people power through the implementation of effective democratic mechanisms.
The author demonstrates clearly that if the means of production, distribution & exchange are to be transferred directly into the hands of the people, then this can only be realised through the repudiation of Marxist thought patterns.
New Socialism calls not for class war but for inter-class cooperation necessary in the great task of calling on essential expertise in achieving practical reforms for humankind at home & throughout the world.
This book is a remarkable & stimulating read by one of the most innovative & profound Socialist thinkers of the present time.
This is Robert Corfe’s fourth book elaborating on the theory and practice of New Socialism but this volume serves, perhaps, as the best introduction to the meaning of the Socialism of the future.
About The Book
The Labour Party and Socialism worldwide can only hope to reverse their catastrophic membership decline and failing electoral support by formulating new principles to fit the needs of a society which has been transformed out of all recognition over the past 60 years. Changing the image or improving presentational techniques is just not enough! This book is about how to achieve a revived Labour Party.
With desirable measures in view, it is shown how left of centre parties in the industrialised world have the potential of securing 90% support of the population. But this is dependent on addressing those underlying issues of concern to most people which politicians tend to ignore. The role of New Socialism is to analyse these issues, and resolve them through a set of coherent doctrines which both unite and inspire the population at large.
A successful future for Socialism is reliant on the need to recognise the reality of social change. This is something which has been ignored for too long. We now live in a multi-class society of the middle-middle majority which is so structured that the old political weapon of class struggle is ineffectual and defunct. This is realised by most, but until now, no alternative dynamic has been offered in driving forward the cause of the majority. This book presents such a dynamic.
Whilst New Socialism remains Socialist in a real sense, it calls upon all sectors of society for support, since all are similarly threatened by economic and other ills to the same degree, and this was not the case in earlier times. Consequently, the future entails a struggle against economic systems rather than against economic interest groups. This is of immense significance in designing the future style and structure of politics.
Hence a new mind-set for Socialism needs to be created which is very different from that in the past. It is shown how the ghost of Marxism and class struggle (still implied in Labour’s thinking) needs to be exorcised from the consciousness of the left, since they have become counter-productive to the core economic ends of true Socialism. Although the author covers most aspects of Socialism in depth, his books are addressed to the lay reader and he succeeds in avoiding the jargon found in much academic literature.