Both New Socialist and TWT have often made the point that culture is at least partly where socialism happens. The culture war isn’t a distraction from struggles around employment or housing, but a key theatre in our resistance against the forces of reaction. But what forms can this resistance take? How should we address ‘identity’ struggles in popular culture, from footballers taking the knee to the transphobia in Britain’s liberal media? How can we combat the dearth of working class voices in the arts? And who can we count on as allies?
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Owen Hatherley is Cultural Editor for Tribune and is the author of a remarkable number of excellent books on architecture, cities, and political aesthetics. These include Trans-Europe Express: Tours of a Lost Continent, Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings and the forthcoming Red Metropolis.’
Juliet is a writer and filmmaker based in London.
Jude Wanga is a writer, activist and editor at the New Socialist.