Registering Class And Politics: Fifty Years Of The Socialist Register

Leo Panitch

Perhaps the most notable feature of the Register’s output is how consistent was its perspective over the years. Consistency is not necessarily the most admirable of virtues, since it may well indicate a stubborn blindness to changes that are occurring in the world. On the other hand, it may also indicate a refusal to indulge in passing fads and fashions. We avoided this ....

These words are Ralph Miliband’s, from his survey in the 1994 Socialist Register of its ‘direction, policy and output since its first appearance’ thirty years earlier. They may still serve as a useful marker for reflecting, on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, on the Register’s longevity despite the many defeats, disillusionments and retreats experienced by the left.

Socialist Register
Publication/Event Date: 
January, 2014