The terms "left" and "right" pervade all our discussions of politics. But do they mean anything any more?
Professor Frank Furedi shows how contemporary and recent developments, including the Cold War, the Culture Wars and Third Way-type managerialism, have created the need for a new conception of politics with an adequate conception of humanity – one that “remoralises” politics by taking humans seriously, recognises the centrality of morality and discussions of right and wrong, and utilises our imaginations. Furedi proposes a new, and inevitably controversial, humanist politics to escape the trap of 20th century political ideology.
Frank Furedi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. He is the author of numerous books including Where have all the intellectuals gone? and Culture of Fear, Therapy Culture and Paranoid Parenting .
The Politics of Fear is published by Continuum Publishing. Available late September 2005.