Good article recently by John Harris in the left’s favourite newspaper, The Guardian. The article, from a leftist, does a good job of showing that the old leftist paradigm of a powerful caretaker state is not suited to the reality of 21st century economy. (Not to say socialism was a good idea in the 20th century, but the economic situation made it at least plausible in theory).
I think the new political discussion, the true battleground for the future needs to be between conservatives and libertarians. The current right/left paradigm does no favours for Americans or Britons because the left is just so hopelessly out of touch with a globalized economy. Marx wrote for an industrial society that does not exist anymore in the west. If there were to be a libertarian/conservative divide I would probably be a swing voter, there is validity in many libertarian and conservative social and foreign policy which really should be debated on a national level. But the Socialist based left’s 20th century beliefs are completely outdated and they are only sustained as a political force from dividing people in voting groups based off subgroups. Honestly, libertarians truly are more “liberals” than socialists and quasi socialists, why not have a real Conservative/Liberal divide in politics?