Why Left Wing Populism Is Not Enough

We have created a format to deal with this issue of transversality in our distinction of universal and working class. It is true that the working class focus has shifted and weakened but perhaps this was inevitable and allows a new perspective of a left based on the ‘universal class’. The set theory metaphor suggests the set of all subsets and the additional interesting fact that units are themselves sets: the set of individuals. A perspective of various leftist combinations of subsets allows for a unity in diversity and at the same time, the working class, perhaps the largest subset can retain its focal emphasis and yet embrace diversity and its own self-critique…

The considerable advances that the labor movements made in the period 1945–1978 (known as “The Golden Age of Capitalism”), and the considerable expansion of social, labor, and political rights that these movements achieved on both sides of the North Atlantic (North America and Western Europe), generated a response from the economic and financial establishments—as well as from the political and media establishments which they influence enormously—that had an extensive impact. These establishments developed the anti-labor movement policies, known internationally as neoliberal policies, that significantly reduced the powers of labor and weakened the rights that had been won over the previous decades. More

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