Episode 7: Implications of the UK Elections

Why was the Labour Party trounced so decisively in the December 12 parliamentary elections? What lessons should the pro-Corbyn left take away from the elections? Given that the strategy of much of the US left—including heavy emphasis on economic populism—is similar in striking ways to Labour’s, do the election results contain lessons for it as well? And how has the election affected the likelihood of the UK’s exit from the European Union?

The co-hosts discuss these and other issues with Ravi Bali, a London-based housing activist and Marxist-Humanist. Their three-way dialogue is part of MHI’s effort to develop a Marxist-Humanist perspective on the political situation in the UK. Because development of that perspective is so important, this episode of Radio Free Humanity is devoted entirely to the three-way dialogue; there is no distinct short segment.

Previous work by Ravi Bali relevant to this episode’s dialogue:

Reflections on the Case for Brexit, and Another View, With Sober Senses, June 19, 2016

How Can Marxist Theory Inform and Learn from Anti-Racist Struggles? (video presentation in With Sober Senses, July 2, 2018

The Imaginative Leap–Considering all Matters from the Vantage Point of a Future Free Society (video presentation in With Sober Senses, July 2, 2018.

A Tale of Two London Protests, With Sober Senses, July 29, 2018

Radio Free Humanity is a podcast covering news, politics and philosophy from a Marxist-Humanist perspective. It is co-hosted by Brendan Cooney and Andrew Kliman. We intend to release new episodes every two weeks. Radio Free Humanity is sponsored by MHI, but the views expressed by the co-hosts and guests of Radio Free Humanity are their own. They do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of MHI.

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December 20, 2019

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