The left should be in the ascendancy following a crisis of capitalism, but it is not. The right is resurgent across the globe as the G20’s call for austerity shows. The right is leading for a number of reasons but just one of the problems for the left is that the narratives and explanations it offers tend to be more complicated than those offered by the right.
When David Cameron describes the UK’s debt as an overdraft it doesn’t matter that he’s wrong, it is easy to understand. When a Government’s finances are compared to a households it is intelligible to all whereas thinking about the public sector deficit as a mirror image of a private sector surplus seems counter-intuitive.
In this animation radical sociologist David Harvey presents an honest left wing analysis of the crisis in an accessible and genuinely entertaining way. Presenting information in an easily understandable way is something the right has done for years, it is time the left caught up.