Traditions of Resistance

  • David Donnison
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Abstract

To resist and reverse the divisive forces now flooding through the Western world will call for more than a few new policies and soundbite phrases. It will be a complex and massive task, extending through the lifetime of anyone reading these words. Political parties will have to be involved, but they respond when more fundamental movements exert sufficient pressures for change; they rarely initiate change themselves. What reforming traditions can such movements turn to for inspiration in Britain and in Europe at large? What are the groups that bear these traditions? How well equipped are they to respond to the crisis we face, and can they be helped to respond more effectively? What should be the broad priorities for reformers during the coming years? These are the questions addressed in this chapter. The answers to them set the agenda for the rest of this book.

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