Michael Kennedy (Brown): The Next Left and its Social Movements. Gijs Schumacher and Barbara Vis (VU): Why Do Social Democrats Retrench the Welfare State? A Simulation. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, Ben Jackson (Oxford): Social Democracy. From TLS, what would Jaures do? A review essay. Parties on the left side of the political divide, embattled even before the recent crisis, have languished since its onset — can they come back and make a credible case to voters? A review of The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government by Richard Murphy (and more). The Left vs. the Liberals: Sean Wilentz reviews American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation by Michael Kazin. Are you now or have you ever been an “anti-labor Leftist”? Michael Yates wants to know. One of the most striking explanations of the theory which underlies the anarchist attack on organized labor can be seen in a blog posted by the Oakland Commune. What’s needed at this political moment? 5 well-known leftists, 5 strong opinions. From Taki’s Magazine, Gavin McInnes on 10 things the Left gets right.