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Marc Sidwell

The Long March

How the Left won the Culture War and What to do about it

New Culture Forum 2020

New Books in Intellectual HistoryNew Books in PoliticsNew Books in Politics & Society August 25, 2020 Kirk Meighoo

How does culture shape political power? Many Conservatives now fear that victory at the ballot box is not enough. Despite Boris Johnson’s triumph in...

How does culture shape political power?

Many Conservatives now fear that victory at the ballot box is not enough. Despite Boris Johnson’s triumph in the 2019 election, they sense that a larger cultural battle has been lost. Some accuse the left of mounting a secret, slow-motion takeover, inspired by the ideas of the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci – the ‘long march through the institutions’.

The Long March: How the Left won the Culture War and What to do about it (New Culture Forum, 2020) is a very timely book which uncovers the truth: a tangled history in which active subversion runs alongside unintended consequences and missed opportunities. Armed with a clearer understanding of the left’s long march, it also reveals new possibilities for fighting back.

Marc Sidwell is the deputy editor for Smith, a forthcoming monthly magazine dedicated to exploring our capitalist world.


Kirk Meighoo is a TV and podcast host, former university lecturer, author and former Senator in Trinidad and Tobago. He hosts his own podcast, Independent Thought & Freedom, where he interviews some of the most interesting people from around the world who are shaking up politics, economics, society and ideas. You can find it in the iTunes Store or any of your favorite podcast providers. You can also subscribe to his YouTube channel. If you are an academic who wants to get heard nationally, please check out his free training at becomeapublicintellectual.com.