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To counter the populist right’s claims on the voice of the people, the left must adopt a class-based strategy, argues Robert Griffiths

FOR several decades, the left in Britain and other parts of the world has led the argument and the movement against capitalist globalisation.

The selective drive for free trade, flexible and migrant labour and unrestricted access for Western capital, untrammelled by national legislation and strong trade unions, has benefited the giant monopoly corporations above all.

Yet the biggest losers from globalisation in the US have just elected a right-wing business tycoon as their next president on a nationalist, protectionist platform.

Understandably, after backing Bernie Sanders for Democratic Party candidate on a progressive and mildly anti-globalisation manifesto, much of the left ended up supporting Hillary Clinton as the party’s candidate — although she is a champion of big business globalisation.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, the…

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