Why Corbyn so terrifies the liberal elite

Cook, Jonathan
http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/Blogs/2987931/why_corbyn_so_terrifies_the_liberal_elite.html

Publisher:  Ecologist
Date Written:  22/07/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19836

Most Labour MPs would rather destroy their own party than let Jeremy Corbyn and his backers make it fit for its 21st century purpose.

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Corbyn and his supporters threaten a paradigm shift. The old elites, whether in the parliamentary Labour party or the Guardian editorial offices, sense the danger, even if they lack the necessary awareness to appreciate Corbyn's significance. They will fight tooth and nail to protect what they have. They will do so even if their efforts create so much anger and resentment they risk unleashing darker political forces.
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On the fundamentals of economic and foreign policy, the Red Tories are little different from the Blue Tories. Or at least that was the case until Corbyn came along.

Corbyn and his supporters threaten a paradigm shift. The old elites, whether in the parliamentary Labour party or the Guardian editorial offices, sense the danger, even if they lack the necessary awareness to appreciate Corbyn's significance. They will fight tooth and nail to protect what they have. They will do so even if their efforts create so much anger and resentment they risk unleashing darker political forces.

Corbyn's style of socialism draws on enduring traditions and values - of compassion, community and solidarity - that the young have never really known except in history books. Those values seem very appealing to a generation trapped in the dying days of a deeply atomised, materialist, hyper-competitive world. They want change and Corbyn offers them a path to it.