The post-war consensus is breaking up. The 2014 Scottish referendum, the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader and the turmoil of the EU referendum all testify to an insurgent mood amongst swathes of the population. This book will attempt to explain these dramatic developments and to show how they question received notions about politics, history and how change happens. Above all they challenge widespread assumptions about the resilience of elite hegemony, the influence of conventional structures of thought and the ability of the mass of the population to think autonomously in a ‘post-ideological age’.
Chris Nineham is a socialist activist and writer based in the UK. He is one of the founder members of the Stop the War Coalition and is currently its vice chair, and has been involved in many of the campaigns discussed in his most recent book, How the Establishment Lost Control. He is author of The People versus Tony Blair and Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukacs. Nineham writes regularly for Stop the War and Counterfire.