An open letter to Ed Miliband on sci-fi and post scarcity

Comrade!

The party conference season is all but over. Our leaders have delivered their vision of our future. We expect reactionary ideas from the Tories, while the Liberal Democrats make policy commitments they can later apologise for having ever committed to. But a leader on the progressive Left needs a vision of progress. And I’m sorry to say yours was sadly lacking.

All due credit to your forebears for the NHS and the welfare state. But Labour has been trading on those shining beacons of progress for more than half a century, and just promising to take it apart at a slightly slower rate than the Tories is hardly a clarion call of leadership. We want to hear how you’re going to move society forward as far today as the Beveridge Report did in 1942. If you’re going to win the next election you need a dynamite vision of progress. You need post-scarcity.

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Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Director of creative writing at UoL, published with OUP and Cambridge. Currently travelling the world and writing a book.

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