Comment on LSE Book Review: The Socialist Way: Social Democracy in Contemporary Britain

“Inherently, there is nothing wrong with old ideas; rather, what is problematic is to misunderstand why such ideas wither, and to fail to apply them afresh to modern problems.”

The good ideas of solidarity, mutual help, moderation, and so on do not wither away at all, but their consideration on the Left does wither as they consider the ideas separately from the general context where they obtain their clear meaning in the first instance–that of a nation. The community, solidarity, social cohesion, and welfare state bemoaned by the Left make sense ideologically, economically, and politically in this narrative of a nation. Like it or not, until this is comprehended their thought will remain “largely unoriginal”.