After Socialism: Volume 20, Part 1 (Social Philosophy and by Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jeffrey Paul

By Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jeffrey Paul

Twelve philosophers, historians, and political philosophers examine facets of socialism within the context of its contemporary reversals. a few essays research the ethical and political values that made socialism attractive to intellectuals, or overview even if features of socialism can be preserved, corresponding to its quest for equality and neighborhood. Others research no matter if free-market structures must be extra transformed in accordance with ongoing socialist opinions or attest to the continued validity of socialism by means of suggesting ways that it may well nonetheless have a effective destiny.

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Looking back on last Sunday, there may be lessons that have a wider application to our understanding of the political process and how we should approach it. Perhaps we should mobilize to bring pressure on whatever government is in power rather than putting all our efforts into electoral campaigns, necessary as they are, which can lead to disappointment and sectarianism. Multinational corporations don't bother to put their people into parliament because they can exercise their influence directly on ministers.

This bill allows the imprisonment of foreigners without a jury trial and so provides for the repeal of Habeas Corpus, which was won years ago and is the foundation of any system of justice. Any remaining doubts about the role of the Cabinet in policy-formation, debate and decision was dealt with in last Saturday's BBC programme, in which Mo Mowlam made it clear that the Cabinet, like the House of Commons, has been downgraded to the role of ultra-loyal spectator whose only function is to observe the activities of the Prime Minister and cheer him on, whatever he does.

At the meeting held last Saturday to launch the campaign to reclaim trade union rights, John Edmonds proclaimed the death of New Labour. He was right to do so, for it is all collapsing around us in a flurry of gimmicks and mutual recrimination. However, all those of us who are looking beyond the present impasse must necessarily be coming up with positive and practical solutions that can also win widespread support; and we must reestablish faith in the contribution the Labour movement can make to benefit those who use the services that are provided, as well as those who actually provide them.

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