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In this issue, co-editors Emily Robinson and Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite argue for the need for social democrats to defend liberal democracy from the rising tide of the far right. Florence also interviews Katrina Forrester, author of In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy (2019), on the liberal tradition, egalitarianism and the influence of John Rawls on political philosophy.
The Foundational Economy Collective make the case for a new approach to the NHS, shifting from an emphasis on top-down control to a more consultative culture. Jonathan Reynolds MP reviews Joe Guinan and Martin O’Neill’s The Case for Community Wealth Building (2019).
Sebastian Jobelius and Konstantin Vössing argue that social democratic parties must become parties of values rather than pleasing a target audience. As Florence and Emily note in their editorial, there’s a comparison to be made here with Claire Ainsley’s book The New Working Class, which provides a preview of what Starmerism might be now that Ainsley is Starmer’s Head of Policy.
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