Q+A: Anthony Barnett on the Rise of the 'Definite Left'
An exciting form of radical politics is challenging the status quo. Writer Anthony Barnett and others answer your questions about what our response should be.
Last week the writer and campaigner Anthony Barnett wrote a fascinating piece for the Byline Supplement about the rise of a new form of radical politics, which he calls the ‘Definite Left.’
The Definite Left is neither the traditional social democratic politics of the mid 20th Century, nor the neoliberal market-based politics of New Labour and Clinton. It’s not socialist in an ideological way, but it does seek to govern capitalism, to ensure fundamental rights, environmental sustainability, feminist-inspired human equality and openness of identity.
This new form of politics is already being implemented, Barnett shows, in the US in alliance with Biden. Also, he suggests, in Germany by the Greens, in Brazil by Lula, and in Ukraine with its inspiring passion for self-government.
In an era when right-wing politicians are seeking to define the left as being either ‘woke’ or stuck in an ideological past, Anthony argues that this new form of radical politics can succeed in defying these old characterisations.
So is this a useful term and what can we learn from it?
In this Q+A, Anthony and other leading progressive figures will answer your questions about the state of the left in the modern era and whether the old dividing lines in politics still make sense.
So what do you think about the state of the left in 2023 and what should progressives be doing to defeat our opponents? Please join in the discussion below.