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Michael F. Bérubé

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799840

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799840.001.0001

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Cultural Studies and Political Crisis

Cultural Studies and Political Crisis

(p.153) 4 Cultural Studies and Political Crisis
The Left at War

Michael Bérubé

NYU Press

This chapter examines Stuart Hall’;s work on Thatcherism, which responded to a historical moment in which Americans can recognize a distant mirror of the early years of the twenty-first century. For Hall, Thatcherism involved serious intellectual and organizational work. Indeed, his analysis of Thatcherism offered a significant critique of New Right racism, authoritarianism, and scorched-earth economic libertarianism. However, it also identified a certain entrenched and counterproductive habit of mind on what Hall called the “hard left” or the “fundamentalist left.” Moreover, Hall’;s analysis and the rise of the British New Right offered a series of rebukes to left orthodoxy that renewed the initial New Left break of 1956.

Keywords:   Stuart Hall, Thatcherism, New Right racism, authoritarianism, economic libertarianism, hard left, fundamentalist left, British New Right, left orthodoxy, New Left

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