In 1936, British citizens defeated fascism in the famous Battle of Cable Street. Almost a century later, far-right fascist forces are back. Cable Street explores the current global rise of the far-right and fascism: what is driving this phenomenon, where is it leading, and how can progressives and the left respond?

Episode #16: Why Did Progressive Parties Abandon Working Class Voters?

August 14, 2018

In the 1990s, progressive parties turned away from working-class policies and embraced more rightwing ideas. So why did this happen? And how has this shaped opinions about progressive policies.

Political scientist Tom O’Grady thinks he has the answer. His analysis shows that the type of elected official matters a great deal. The decline of working-class politicians and the rise of the careerist managerial-class can help explain it

We also talk about his fascinating analysis about how politicians can shape public opinion, and why progressives need to lead, rather than follow, public opinion.

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.