Anti-Capitalist Politics and Labour for the Twenty-first Century: History and Future Challenges
The weakness of the anti-capitalist politics and the Left ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union has been lamented by many people far too often. This banality, however, does not change the substance of the matter. Given the massive shift in the global balance of power, enormous economic disparities, and the other changes that most advanced postmodern Western societies have undergone over the past 40 years, the conditions and main challenges for the Left require renewed analysis. In this chapter, the weaknesses of the anticapitalist Left will be considered against the background of two related factors – the neoliberal sociopolitical reality and the ideological crisis of the Left ever since the collapse of the Berlin Wall.