Some things spring to mind:
Reformed Left (well, obviously… )Of course, “New Left” is already taken (e.g., 1960s New Left), as is “Alternative Left.”
Uncucked Left (this is nothing but a *joke*, people… )
21st Century Left.
I like the ring of “Old Left,” since I think the Old Left got a lot of things right, but one can’t live in the past.
But, in the end, I rather like “Realist Left.” A Left that is realistic, pragmatic, in touch with what its traditional voters and ordinary people want, and not deluded by utopian cultural leftist nonsense.
Though I have serious criticisms of the politics of Noam Chomsky now, I would like to think that this new vision of the Left is broadly in the spirit of his ideas about the Left, because as a young man I was firmly part of the Chomskyan Left. For example, the single most influential book on politics I ever read was Noam Chomsky’s Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky (eds. P. R. Mitchell and J. Schoeffel; New Press, New York, 2002), which I would still recommend, and I think is very insightful, and meticulously footnoted with evidence, as anyone can see here.
My politics, as influenced by Chomsky, was mainly focussed on economics, a rigorous critique of free market capitalism, against US and Western imperialism in the Third World, criticising the excesses of fundamentalist religion, and in defending ideas, broadly speaking, associated with the Enlightenment (e.g., freedom of speech and thought).
As you can see here, here, and here, I would still defend Chomsky against charges that he is the father of the modern regressive left, because this is, quite simply, not true. A man who dismisses French Poststructuralists and Postmodernists as charlatans, who defends free speech, who thinks Freudianism and Marxism are irrational cults like organised religion, who defends the best values of the Enlightenment, and who rejects extreme social constructivism and the “blank slate” view of human beings and instead maintains that human beings have a real human nature caused by biology and evolution, as Chomsky is, is far from the modern unhinged cultural regressive left.
Even in the 1990s, I recall vividly finding the SJWs of my day to be ridiculous, Third Wave Feminism to be a step too far, and Postmodernism to be outrageous nonsense (although I probably kept these views largely to myself or only discussed them with like-minded leftist male friends who also agreed on these points). I am sure there must be many Leftists like me, and it’s not really we who have radically changed (except perhaps on some issues like mass immigration), but the Left that has changed: the cultural left has become worse and worse over the years, and is now infected with all the worst, most idiotic ideas of Postmodernism and the irrational, intolerant SJW mentality.
That is why a massive reform of ideas on the Left and a new Realist Left is vitally important now.
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