@Mark, I completely agree that the centrist left has been too focused on the easy arguments. I agree that reformism (making things a little bit better within the current system) has run its course. But isn’t the whole point that we have to link the global crisis of capitalism with its local effects? I’ll give you a concrete example. Last month I was out campaigning as part of Labour’s education day of action. I spoke with lots of people who could see a local piece of the picture – the academisation of their kids’ school, the burden of student debt – and we talked about the wider causes. Today I was doing the same for the day of action on the NHS. I’ve just written a four-page submission on behalf of our local branch about the threatened closure of community hospitals. People are angry about this – they are seeing people they care about suffering. I spoke to several who I’d also seen the month before who said ‘it’s all part of the same thing isn’t it?’ And at that point we had the conversation about how capitalism needs to row back on all the concessions that were made after the second world war – basically on the welfare state – and how we can fight back.
Capitalism bears down differently on working people in the UK and India and Brazil; it bears down differently on women; it bears down differently on refugees, teachers, the unemployed, the ‘just about managing’. Icecaps are melting and seas rising because of capitalism’s rapacious need for growth. Surely it’s up to us to create the connections, and build solidarity.