Peter Baldwin argues that, in order to reconstruct itself, the Left needs to develop a new culture of debate.
Is the Left braindead? My short answer to that question is 'no', but it's getting perilously close to a situation where you would have to give an affirmative answer to that question. It is becoming increasingly clear that the Left is facing a serious crisis. I've never experienced a time when here's been such a lack of direction. And I think here's a need to try to open up a fundamental debate about where the Left is going, and to try to pose some questions which traditionally have been considered out of bounds for people on the Left.
Recommended CitationBaldwin, Peter, Is the Left Braindead?: A Culture of Honesty, Australian Left Review, 1(140), 1992, 31-33.