Yes, ‘aspiration’ can be a socialist idea – if the left can rid it of its baggage | Tom Blackburn

UK The Guardian

Rebecca Long-Bailey wants to reclaim the term to describe collective uplift rather than sharp-elbowed social climbing There were a few raised eyebrows last week when Rebecca Long-Bailey, at her slick launch event in Manchester, unveiled the cornerstone of her Labour leadership pitch: “aspirational” socialism . It’s fair to say that previous attempts to articulate the two together have failed to convince. Andy Burnham made his own version of “aspirational socialism” the central pillar of his largely forgotten leadership bid in 2010, though the focus of his proposals was more on individual …

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