TALK of an as yet ill-defined socialism is emerging strongly on the fringes of mainstream politics, both here and in Britain and the United States. At the same time, in the name of populism, we have the likes of Donald Trump in the US and the more virulent Golden Dawn of Greece, the Freedom Party of Austria and others touting various brands of bigotry and nationalism.
Against this background, it seems appropriate to paraphrase the opening lines of the 1848 Communist Manifesto: a spectre is haunting the world - the spectre of barbarism and misery. It has arisen in the minds of millions because of the ongoing economic crisis, the increase in global joblessness and the insecurity and fear this produces.
It is a time when those in political control, along with big business and their acolytes, continue to announce that “we are all in this together”. We are indeed. But what we are in and who put us there, is the real question.