Social democracy ... has long ago ceased to work the 'good sense' of the class, its 'spontaneous' class instinct, its sense of the world as unjustly divided into the oppressed and the oppressing classes: it has limited itself to making tactically pragmatic accommodation with the most traditionalist and conservative elements in popular morality. It has no conception of the educative and formative function of 'parties' in relation to the 'classes which they aim to represent - and which, in order to represent, they must first form, politically and ideologically. Indeed, the left as a whole, in its one-sided rationalism, has utterly failed to comprehend the necessity to educate the commonsense of the common people, in order to constitute a popular bloc, a practical material force, against traditionalist ideas.Stuart Hall, The Hard Road to Renewal, 1988, pp.142-3.
Thursday, 6 October 2016
The moment you discover things you've been writing about for years were pre-empted decades ago.