What kind of education process do we need in the socialist movement?

What kind of education process do we need in the socialist movement?


There is a need, particularly after the 2017 General Election, to think about what do we do next, how do we
deepen this, how do we broaden this? How do we go from saying — This is a bit sweeping, but you could say the 2017 [Labour Party] Manifesto is like, [let’s] deal with neoliberalism, let’s get to a basic social democratic, you know, recognizably European social democratic setting for the country, which would be great if we get there — it would be a huge step forward from where we are.
My issue is that if you look at the social problems that are bearing down on us Climate change being the obvious one As I said, what’s going on with the digital economy and the way it has ownership and collection of data And the way this is now playing out. And both of these things, I think, will be
doorstep issues by the time the next election rolls around. They will be things that people are raising
on the ground in a fairly immediate sense Because they’ll be unavoidable. But thinking about what we might do as a left to deal with those things
is going to be a long-term challenge. And that’s where we need to get to, I think. And again, the issue of education is not just learning by rote: “Here are a list of things you can say about the economy. “Here is a list of things that Labour would do in government.” It’s also the process of knowing how to pose the question. And being able to think in an imaginative but disciplined imaginative way
about what the answers might be And that’s something that’s already happened, regardless
of whether I think it should happen or not. People are already looking to do this and have been for a time. The World Transformed — this parallel conference to the Labour
Conference that a bunch of activists set up — it’s run every year and it’s gotten bigger and better each time. There are
now local and regional versions of this being set up. That’s part of it. So this process of not just learning by rote a bunch of facts
and things you can repeat on the doorstep, that’s important but it’s not all of it, It’s also the learning how to understand what the questions are and how to
understand how we might get to those bigger answers. That’s the deeper, longer-term movement building part that
I think needs to happen over the next few years.

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