We’ve been waiting five years for a coherent left-wing response to the recession. We’ve been waiting three years for a coherent left-wing response to the cuts. Two years ago, I was asked at a talk how we could communicate the socialist solution to the crisis; I said it would be nice if we had one. It would still be a step forward today. If the extant strategies, groups or alliances were sufficient to deliver this, we would have it by now.
This is a revealing confession, and as we have noted here, the reason lies in the inability to apply marxist theory where its details are misunderstood. Marxism is an inflexible set of assumptions about economics and this paralyzes most who try to apply it to practical situations. A new set of theoretical critiques need to start over and achieve practical use by being clearer, and theoretically less arcane.