The election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party – a Labour leader ‘without historical precedent’ – offers a challenge to all those political groups, organizations and parties that oppose continuing inequality, climate change and the dominance of ‘Capital’. For Greens he offers a special opportunity – an opportunity to articulate and promote a progressive politics that is distinctly different from that of the Labour Party and one which is more suited to successfully addressing the complex and interconnected problems of a 21st century post capitalist future.
The political discussion on progressive and Green politics in Britain today will be based on the independent think tank Green House’s new e-book, Green Politics and the Left. This publication is dedicated to the memory of Michael Meacher MP, a conscientious, thoughtful and committed parliamentarian who remained true to his radical principles even in ministerial office. His help and counsel as a member of Green House’s Advisory Group will be sorely missed. Contents of the e-book:
- 1.The Forward March of the Greens Halted? – Rupert Read 7
- Can Corbyn Avoid a Return to the Eighties? – Victor Anderson 14
- Democratizing the Media – John Blewitt 17
- Why Greens are Republicans – Anne Chapman 26
- Policy V. Politics – Lucy Ford 29
- The Fall of Neoliberalism – Victor Anderson 32
- State, Market and Democracy in Green Politics – Thomas Lines
‘Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable – the art of the next best’ said the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. For Greens today, politics has to be more than ‘the next best’. Clearly, political goals have to be attainable but what is often considered attainable has for the last thirty years certainly not been either of the best or even the next best.
Not everyone will agree with the authors here but democracy, and especially a Green democracy, is about deliberation, participation and informed debate. Let the debate begin.
This event will be held in the Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre (Aston Business School ) on 16 February 2016, 18:00 – 20:00, doors open at 5.45pm.
Speakers: Anne Chapman (Green House), Rupert Read (Chair of Green House / Green Party) and John Blewitt (Aston University)
Event Chair: John Blewitt: Co-Director of the MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston Business School and editor of Green House’s And Green Politics and the Left …