It also strips down the notion of earning into one built aroundconsumption rather than, for example, earning respect orcitizenship.For me this was never what we were about.First, it was never simply materialistic. Labour is a political traditionthat allows us to realise our potentials, to flourish as human beings-to live more rewarding lives.Second, it is not just about money- but about earning respect and aplace in society. These have to be earnt- it is not just aboutpreordained individual rights.So if this orthodox Labour take on earning tends to be reductivewhat about the notion of belonging?Here we can identify another tradition within Labour; a
.Think of it this way.Today feelings of loss and of uprootedness, dominate much of thenational landscape;
a modern anomie
Yet in Labour, we often tendto consider a desire to conserve settled ways of life as hindering our
own, or indeed humanity’s progress.
For many on the left they have become reactionary feelings; wedeem this search for belonging as an irrational conservativepathology.This can border on contempt for those fearful of change; a contempt
for people’s desire for stability as the
drumbeat to their lives.