The fabric of politics as we know it is being unravelled, both within the Labour Party and without. Over the past year we have witnessed a quiet revolution. From Jeremy Corbyn’s astonishing capture of the Labour Party, to the epoch-defining vote to leave the European Union, the political assumptions and strategies of old have been destroyed, left in tatters by insurgent new forces. This observation seems undeniable following Corbyn’s second successive leadership victory, which saw him emerge with an even greater mandate.
We stand on a precipice, teetering on the brink. It is not yet clear what lurks below, or the fate of our Party and movement. Opportunities are emerging as rapidly as threats. Yet as political realities continue to change at nauseating speed, our intellectual analysis must keep up. Failure to do so risks our being swamped by the flows of history, when we should instead be shaping them.
It is from this chaotic context that Forward March is launched, both as product and willed-for solution. Containing analysis and ideas which aim to reinvigorate the left, we hope to equip Labour with the capacity to understand and act upon its historic mission. Our logic emerges from several key premises.
The editorship of Forward March notes and believes
Forward March takes its name and influence from Eric Hobsbawm’s seminal 1978 essay The Forward March of Labour halted?, the following words from which encapsulate the spirit which underpins our premises:
‘If the labour and socialist movement is to recover its soul, its dynamism, and its historical initiative, we must... recognise the novel situation in which we find ourselves, to analyse it realistically and concretely, to analyse the reasons, historical and otherwise, for the failures as well as the successes of the labour movement, and to formulate not only what we would want to do, but what can be done.’
We hope you enjoy reading and discussing what we produce.