The big question is whether Labour can rise to the challenge, accept the enormity of the changes needed and put forward a compelling vision for the future. The alternative may well be "Pasokification".
It is neither austerity nor its preceding crash which is sucking the life from Britain's economy, it is the failure of democracy that sees the economy geared solely towards wealthy interests. We must establish an economy directed to achieving social goals rather than being an end in itself.
In the last quarter of
the twentieth century the world’s institutions reached a consensus: they came
together to hail the goal of gender equality. Ironically, this was at the very
moment when we were witnessing the limits, the exhaustion, of the equality paradigm.
Today, social responses to peoples' needs are being pushed to the margin by the reframing of all tasks in terms of economic gain. But the development of human capabilities depends on relationships. A different set of values is needed.
At the foundations of contemporary economics, we have neoliberal terms and definitions. In what way has this shaped our thinking, imposed its own logic on economic experience, and in what way can we subvert these terms to help us overcome the crisis we are in?
Doreen Massey introduces the Kilburn Manifesto from Soundings, an
ambitious 12 month project that looks to map out alternatives for the
post-08 world. OurKingdom will be publishing accompanying articles to each installment.