Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left

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Melbourne University Publishing, Jun 1, 2012 - Political Science - 288 pages
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The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed.
Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine?
Left Turn is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.

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3.5 Some gems in this collection of essays. Kind of like reading a weekend newspaper, some of the columns are instantly forgettable and others seemlessly integrate into your way of thinking so that you forget where the idea came from. Read full review

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Most who read this will probably be slightly more interested in some areas of politics than others, and these essays are sufficiently wide in scope to ensure that most readers will probably find ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based independent journalist, author and blogger. His first book, My Israel Question (2006), was a bestseller and shortlisted for the 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award. His second book, The Blogging Revolution, on the internet in repressive regimes, was released in 2008. Both titles have with MUP, Profits of Doom (August 2013).
Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland literary journal, and works at Victoria University. He is the co-author, with sister Jill, of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, and the author of Communism: A Love Story (shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award) and Killing: Misadventures in Violence (a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award 2009).

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