May 27, 2020
Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
Posted by Richard Seymour

Up to date analysis of how Corbyn rose to the head of the labour party, and his prospects for staying thereJeremy Corbyn, the dark horse candidate for the Labour leadership, won and won big With a landslide in the first round, this unassuming antiwar socialist crushed the opposition, particularly the Blairite opposition.For the first time in decades, socialism is back oUp to date analysis of how Corbyn rose to the head of the labour party, and his prospects for staying thereJeremy Corbyn, the dark horse candidate for the Labour leadership, won and won big With a landslide in the first round, this unassuming antiwar socialist crushed the opposition, particularly the Blairite opposition.For the first time in decades, socialism is back on the agenda and for the first time in Labour s history, it controls the leadership The party machine couldn t stop him An almost unanimous media campaign couldn t stop him It is as if their power, like that of the Wizard of Oz, was always mostly illusion Now Corbyn has one chance to convince the public to support his reforming ambitions.Where did he come from, and what chance does he have This book tells the story of how Corbyn s rise was made possible by the long decline of Labour and a deep crisis of British democracy It surveys the makeshift coalition of trade unionists, young and precarious workers, and students, who rallied to Corbyn It shows how a novel social media campaign turned the media s Project Fear on its head, making a virtue of every accusation they threw at him And finally it asks, with all the artillery that is still ranged against Corbyn, and given the crisis ridden Labour Party that he has inherited, what it would mean for him to succeed.

  • Title: Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
  • Author: Richard Seymour
  • ISBN: 9781784785314
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Corbyn The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics Up to date analysis of how Corbyn rose to the head of the labour party and his prospects for staying thereJeremy Corbyn the dark horse candidate for the Labour leadership won and won big With a lan

    Bryn Hammond

    Situates Corbyn, against UK Labour Party history, in the system as she is run today. In no way biographical. Written 'from a position of sympathy' but pessimistic. Seymour isn't a sentimentalist about the Labour Party and busts a few myths, I understand, about what 'real Labour' ever was. He offers a critical analysis of 20thC Labour, its contingent life and its compromises. Against this history, Corbyn does not look like he has much to reach back to on the other hand, as his supporters say, par [...]

    Sarah Jaffe

    This entry doesn’t have the new cover, which is Corbyn in his big fur coat, and that’s sad because the new cover is representative of the swag of the new edition. Its tone is not hopeful, it’s something better—it’s confidently critical. Can we win? What happens next? These are big questions, not just for Corbyn, but for the left, and this book does its best to shed light on them. Come for the victory lap of the new preface, stay for the hard fight ahead.

    Anna S

    This book contains four sections: first, the story of Corbyn's leadership bid and election; second, a broad outline of trends in recent British politics and what it means for the party system; third, a concise but politically instructive history of the Labour party; and finally, a smart analysis of Corbyn's situation, about the limiting factors on what he can achieve and what it means for the wider, non-Labour left.In fact, most of the book isn't about Corbyn at all, but about the Labour party. [...]


    This is not really a book about Corbyn personally. It is about the significance of Corbyn's leadership for the Labour Party and for the Left in Britain. More importantly, it is written from the perspective of the radical Left, and evaluates events in terms of the prospects for shifting Labour and / or the country away from the dominant ideology of neoliberalism and towards more progressive and humane socialist policies. In the process, it offers a potted history of British politics in the 20th C [...]


    Being a Bernie bro, I am also a Corbyn bro, I suppose. The fundamental lesson is the same: the left can actually win majorities if it runs on a genuine anti-austerity platform. The book 'Corbyn - the strange rebirth of radical politics' (VERSO, updated edition 2017) is a great reminder to that effect. Challenging the idea, as pundits had assumed, that the 'politicisation of the economy' would only benefit the nationalist Right (UKIP, Trump, AfD). Thats the Left's only option was to depoliticise [...]


    If a week is a long time in politics, that probably holds true for political books doubly so. This book's biggest flaw is that very march of time. It was written in a world where Corbyn had just won a frankly surprising victory to take just shy of 60% of the membership vote. It was not written, though, in a world where Corbyn had just fought an acrimonious coup from within the majority of his own PLP; a world where Cameron's Brexit referendum was lost (or won depending on your point of view) and [...]

    Steph Bennion

    The background to the history of the Labour Party was interesting, but as an analysis of what is happening with the party today under Corbyn's leadership it wasn't as in-depth as I hoped. I thought the conclusions drawn were fairly obvious to anyone who cares to take a dispassionate look at Westminster today, but it's a neat summary nonetheless.

    Andy Flintoff

    Educational and importantly impartial. Because it was impartial it gave a clear explanation of the UK national deficit which is the result of neoliberalism.But it also explained that Corbyn probably won't win a General Election and even if He does he is surrounded by right-wing Labour MPs big business and their right-wing media friends. It didn't pretend to be optimistic. It was a very realistic look at things. It's a book chock full of facts.

    Nick Turner

    Recently Labour member Ruth Davis wrote a moving blog about how she was shouted down and harassed at a meeting of he local Labour Party after she had the temerity to call for a more civilised debate around the future of (hopefully soon to be ex) Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. Among other things she was branded a ‘traitor’. Among the Momentum types, this, along with ‘Blairite’ is considered the greatest insult. It is an accusation which show the reckless moral certitude and arrogance which [...]

    Bernard O'Leary

    Richard Seymour makes his feelings about Corbyn known in the first sentence of his acknowledgements, in which he describes pitching this book in "a flush of enthusiasm after Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership of the Labour Party". I also have to make my feelings known about Jez - I'm not a fan. I like him and I like his policies, but I feel he's not competent at a national level. With that out of the way, I'm going to try to review this book, rather than reviewing Jeremy Corbyn himself. My task is [...]

    John Rennie

    I respect Richard's political opinions as he does not resort to lazy cliches but uses clearly set out arguments (something I find really difficult!). As a Corbyn supporting Labour member, I was looking for a decent look at how Jeremy got elected and what he will be up against. This book did that very well with a comprehensive history of the British Labour movement and a detailed analysis of the strengths and (considerable) weaknesses of the Labour Party. I didn't have much to disagree with in Ri [...]

    Nick Patten

    Timely read to understand the surge of Corbyn and his left-wing brand of labour in the UK. Seymour gives a clear vision of the history of the UK Labour party since its formation and many incarnations following the postwar 'golden years' of Attlee. He also shows us that Corbyn is nothing new under the sun, and very much a product of Thathcer and the Blair/Brown Third Way/New Labour era. He is not so much a radical as a return to Labour's roots, his modest manifesto more center-left than any of hi [...]

    Tara Brabazon

    It is always unfair - but deviously delightful - to read a book backwards. No -I am not recommending starting from the last page. But I do enjoy reading a book in the context of events the author could not predict and didn't expect.This is a solid history of labourism, particularly as the Labour Party flirted with the attractive but acidic Blairite mistress. The surprising and accidental rise of Corbyn is inserted into this history. There is also attention on anti-austerity politics and the frag [...]

    Peter Harrison

    Seymour is clearly broadly sympathetic to the left generally, and to the Corbyn project specifically. That said, it is a (highly topical after his recent re-election) contextualisation of Corbyn in both the recent and more distant history of the Labour party.The bulk of the book is a a broad sweep through Labour history from the 1920s to date. The underlying theme is that the core of the party's drive to gain power has always been from the right of the party, underpinned by a belief in gradualis [...]

    Lee Peckover

    Interesting to begin with. This would benefit from being entitled; 'A history of the Labour Party (and especially New Labour)'. Corbyn and his politics are covered in an interesting manner but not to enough depth to feel like it has in any way given a decent understanding of the man or of his ideals. There is a lot here on New Labour and the failings of previous governments as a way of explaining the popularist rise of Corbyn, but it just feels like it's skimming a really deep pool for the most [...]


    For a book that has Corbyn both in the cover and title, it seems to almost tangentially talk about him. A large portion of the book focuses on the history and political/ideological trajectories of the Labour Party (and its contradictions) in sometimes, unnecessarily great detail. The author's writing is also, sort of stodgy; dense and not tasty.When the author finally decides/d to get back on track and discuss what the reader ideally came for, he's really good.


    I thought I knew most of this, but really enjoyed the context particularly the history of the Labour Party. Richard Seymour is a Corbyn-ite, but if that puts you off, then its definitely something you should read. Because this will explain a lot about how some of us view things -despite managing to stay [fairly] objective.


    The first of many accounts on Corbyn's unlikely political ascendancy, this book is both a critical assessment of Labour today, as well as an illuminating history of Labourism beyond the partisan mythologizing. An interesting account, especially in how Seymour predicts a period of political upheaval as Corbyn's best (if not only) shot at getting elected.

    Nancy Harman

    This was a brilliant read. The title was somewhat misleading, anyone wanting to know more about Jeremy would be disappointed, but if you want a basic understanding of the growth, death and rebirth of the Labour Party, then this is an excellent choice. I feel I understand a lot more about the structure of politics now.


    While I am significantly to the left of Jeremy Corbyn, his meteoric rise in British politics is noteworthy. Richard Seymour here documents the factors which made this possible, and predicts the trajectory of the resurgent interest in radical politics.


    4.5 stars.

    Richard Wilsher

    Not much about Corbyn himself, but a well-written and clear-sighted review of the modern history of the Labour Party


    A useful summary/analysis that is less about Corbyn as it is a history of the Labour party and its flaws

    Pinko Palest

    the author has no great love for the Labour Party and shows this throughout. That does not mean that he doesn't have interezting things to say, or that some of his criticism against Labour is unsound. His style is quite imaginative, although it sometimes does go over the top a bit. All in all, Nunns book is far better


    Excellent, balanced, eye-opening overview of Corbyn's rise in the context of the history and current state of the Labour Party. Manages to take no prisoners yet remain utterly fair in assessing all sides to, and aspects of, the current situation and how it came to be. Very glad I read this, extremely informative without being overwhelming. As other reviewers have noted, perhaps 75% of this is not actually about Corbyn, and very little of that is about the man himself - if you're looking for a bi [...]

    Geoff Taylor

    [Embarrassingly long period to complete this book - been so busy with day job end-of-term stuff, attending Labour and Momentum meetings and events, and daily news reading and activism in the Twitter sphere, that I just didn't have the energy to give to a book. But now at last I have finished.]Seymour provides an excellent, educative read for new Labour members on the overall very disappointing history of the Labour Party. Apart from the iconic radical breakthrough action of setting up the Nation [...]

    Jason Schulman

    Just a delight to read. Seymour may have a reputation for obscurantist language but there's none of that here. Particularly recommended for socialists not living in the UK.

    Jeff Howells

    Ok, I was never going to be a sympathetic reader of this book, but even I was disappointed at what a muddle it was. Richard Seymour adopted a tone of snide condescension throughout and made no attempt to offer a remotely even handed analysis. Some of his historical assertions were dubious to say the least (a history of the party however brief without even a passing reference to Beatrice & Sidney Webb?). All Labour Party leaders are more or less written off, with the exception of George Lansb [...]


    The Corbynite Maneuver (if I may pun on a Star Trek episode): to take a twenty something point polling deficit hamstrung by centrists within your own party eager to depose you, and faced with unashamed hostility from a right wing and ostensibly "left wing" press and turn that into a thirty seat gain and a hung Parliament by running a campaign of decency and enthusiasm for decency amongst humanity. I follow the Mother country's politics (if only because I'm Yorkshire and Leicestershire, Cornish, [...]


    would have definitely enjoyed this book more had i come from a poli sci background and/or had more knowledge of british politics. but then again i think that these factors would have led to a greater appreciation of the nuances that seymour discusses, and lack thereof did not ruin my experience of reading the book. i guess the only bad thing about approaching this book as a "newbie" (can't seem to think of the word right now) to the Great Big World of Politics is that it took me a while to get t [...]

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