Of all the shit arguments against the modern left, my personal favourite has to be the ‘lazy comparison to Stalinist Russia gambit’. We start with the assumption that ‘being left-wing’ means ‘hating capitalism in all its forms’ and from there, it’s a swift, hysterical, slippery-slope ride to the gulags. The Corbyn-surge has provoked a recent spate of this sort of fuckwittery (e.g. here, here and here). Today’s (somewhat misleading) headline, that ‘Corbyn would reinstate Clause IV’, will likely provoke more.
Coincidentally, I’m currently writing a dystopian novel, in which I explore the relation between ‘fairly moderate democratic socialism’ and the great totalitarian disasters of the 20th century. I thought today would be as good a time as any to give you a sneak preview.
What follows are selected extracts from ‘Twenty Twenty-Four: A Chilling Vision of Corbyn’s Britain’.
It was a cold bright day in Jeztember, and the…
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