This is the fifth episode of our podcast series “Divided We Fall,” in which Boyan Stanislavski, the Barricade’s senior editor, and Pat Byrne, a historian and longtime socialist activist, discuss the plight of the contemporary Left and how to break out of the current rut. They’ve mentioned some of the fundamental issues in the first two episodes, the most fundamental of which is ideological weakness.
The Left has largely abandoned its core values and distanced itself from historical events in which it played a pivotal role. Furthermore, it never went to the trouble of analyzing what was good and what was dysfunctional and downright stupid about the Soviet system or Western social-democratic trends. Pat and Boyan discussed suggestions for the Left’s economic agenda as well as the issue of democratic public planning in the previous edition. In the following episode, they will discuss ownership, socialization, and democratic public management.
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