It has been almost two years since the rise of Corbyn, I recall that at The Economist, the once sister publication of The Financial Times, featured as illustration to an essay about Corbyn, using an old Social Realist painting of the Soviet revolutionary period, that had Corbyn’s face superimposed over the face of Lenin. That a Left-wing Social Democrat could seriously be compared to Lenin was preposterous. Yet he represents the political watershed of the failure of the Neo-Liberal Dispensation. Now in its desperation to smear Mr. Corbyn, the Financial Times now compares him to the irrationalist politics and person of Trump! The menace of Corbyn morphs, at will, in the propaganda churned out in Corporatist newspapers, magazines and television.
Corbyn is not Trump, nor his politics, but a call to the Labour Party to return to its reason for being: meaning that the Thatcherism Lite of Tony Blair, and his supporters across the political spectrum, have been discarded, in favor of a Party that represents the interests of the working class, rather than the interests of Crony Capitalism, in its various iterations.
Never fear the Blair wing of the Party will fight on, proven by Mr. Ganesh’s premature, pre-election victory lap in the pages of this newspaper. Yet this is a political time in which the polling, at least in both the Brexit vote and the America election, have proven to be wrong.
What is lost in this essay is the opportunity that this ‘snap election’ represents for Corbyn to further consolidate his leadership of Labour, and to appeal for more citizen participation during the next crucial seven weeks. To rebuild the Party, into a Party of and for the people, instead of what the New Labour stalwarts offer: more of Neo-Libralism Lite. This election represents another opportunity to rebuild the Party, that is lost on the writers at The Financial Times, in their project of not just censuring of the burgeoning dissident elements within the Party, but of a campaign of purging those elements, that has not yet met with success. The question arises, how is it that Corbyn continues to flourish, even within a Labour colonized by Neo-Liberals?
The realization that Corbyn practices the ‘long game’ of building the party, he knows how to accomplish this through patient work over time: this defines his career. He also understands that this is not about ‘The Cult of Personality’ the most dangerous manifestation of politics gone wrong. The building of a strong Party with opportunities for younger leadership to rise within the party structure. This seems, on its face, elementary!
‘Class Warfare’ is the rallying cry, the shibboleth, used to defend the failed Neo-Liberal model by its myriad defenders: Thatcher vs. The Miner’s Dictatorship Melodrama its political urtext! It has been nine years since the Crash of 2008, yet the ‘Self-correcting Market’ of the ‘Free Market Mythology’ has yet to manifest itself. How long must the electorate wait for its Manifestation/Resurrection?