Susan Press quotes part of his 1975 ‘Red Paper’: there’s “The market can no longer be seen as the efficient allocator of resources”, “the private control of industry has become a hindrance to the further unfolding of the social forces of production”, and of course the S-word is everywhere.
(He’s not lost his knack for turning a catchy phrase!)
One idly curious thing:
If the prospects for the least fortunate are to be as great as they can be, then they must have the final say – and that requires a massive and irreversible shift of power to working people, a framework of free universal welfare services controlled by the people who use them.
Doesn’t that last bit sound pretty contemporary? More recently, Brown has talked about responding to:
people's desire for an individual, often personalised tailor-made service that is customised to meet their needs and their requirements…
…we should think about how we can empower the aspirational individual, the active citizen, the responsible parent, the informed patient who will take more control over the decisions that affect their lives…
Ditto, as if you didn’t know, the Tories and Lib Dems. User control over public services is all the vogue nowadays (rhetorically, at least).
Plus ca change, plus c’est les values traditionelles dans une setting moderne…
Brown also said (back then) that:
the transition to socialism must be made by the majority of people themselves and a socialist society must be created within the womb of existing society and prefigured in the movements for democracy at the grass roots
Because, you see, society’s not the same thing as the state.