chapter  3
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Nostalgia Denied

As a socially progressive writer, his encounter in the 1980s with the right-wing revolution of monetarism, consumerist triumphalism and militarist adventurism in a spent imperialist force was depressing and galling. The aspirations of the left throughout the 20th century were being blown away by the apparently unending adaptability of capitalism and its unstoppable thirst for war economies and new forms of capital accumulation.2 For another British writer at that time this evoked a direct conclusion of ‘Paradise Postponed’ (Mortimer, 1985) but Costello, more elliptically, offered us nostalgia denied.3