Is the West Experiencing a Left-Wing Drift? (the international left politics activism, news, and strategy thread)

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hottt off the DSA's local wins a couple of days ago, here's a place to discuss current left movements and orgs, ponder strategy and all that fun stuff. not gonna police/define what "left" means too rigidly except to say there's already a democratic party thread

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I guess the only hard-and-fast rule is no comedy podcasts allowed

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

anyway some fun things to talk about might be

- the DSA's electoral strategy plank and where it stands (or should stand) in relation to other strategies, also the challenges presented by growing 4-fold in the space of a year
- Corbyn's Labour and its prospects for forming government and/or its ability to potentially productively disrupt the Brexiting "process" (such as it is)
- wtf is happening with the Canadian left
- wtf is happening in other places

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

oh and
- talk about what orgs yr involved with, if any!

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Olympia WA just elected a fierce and principled homeless advocate, running for office for the first time, to the city council. She beat the incumbent, a real estate developer. This is fantastic news for a small city with an escalating housing crisis.

sciatica, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

That is v cool! I was just reading about that.

On the more theoretical end, here's a centrist tackling the Corey Robin book on the history of conservative pols/thinkers

http://theweek.com/articles/735841/lefts-myopic-obsession-fairness

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

in the panel kingfish posted in the chapo thread Chibber argues that fascism only succeeds when there isn't a viable leftist alternative and that the right-wing drift in the West was a temporary phenomenon that is now receding as options like corbyn/sanders become more viable. i'm not so sure how that comports w/ his theory of ww2 (where he argues precisely the opposite - that the strength of the left is what led capital to throw its lot in with fascism) - these two ideas seem to be in tension. maybe he's just pushing for a middle ground - a left powerful enough to be a viable alternative to fascism for the downtrodden, and he's not too worried about labor challenging capital anytime soon since we're a long way off from another dictatorship of the proletariat.

Mordy, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

On the front of "capital throwing its weight around" in the face of a strengthened left, I was heartened to see talk of Labour preparing to counteract capital flight should they ever take power

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

- wtf is happening with the Canadian left

Would appreciate any kind of discussion on this, even pointers to good news/commentary sources.

jmm, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

idk how accurate this is but I don't think this is so much a left-wing "drift" as much as it is 18-35 year olds in this country realizing what happens when they don't vote

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

slash realizing they have no viable economic future under the current order

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

this moral foundations stuff that is deployed like a trump card in that damon linker article (& elsewhere) could do with some more discussion

ogmor, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

CR definitely took notice of the review and will probably provide a rebuttal of some kind, I feel a bit out of my depth as I haven't read The Reactionary Mind

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

hate reading a whole book so i can pull it apart is where i draw the line

ogmor, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

wrt haidt i mean

ogmor, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

there's a pun in there somewhere

imago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

re: the Cdn left, my current summary would be "we're all watching to see what Jagmeet inevitably waffles on" and that our general terminal smugness is our biggest impediment. I haven't even noticed the Trudeau Paradise Papers stuff get much traction.

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

fwiw that article above is essentially my complaint about CR's book. it smooths out an awful lot of [to my mind] legitimate concerns of conservatism in order to make a moral argument. and esp a moral argument that is easily made in practically any situation - there is no ideology where you cannot find losers of the ideology being oppressed. iow there's no exclusively liberatory ideology cf the great Leftist States of the 20th century.

Mordy, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i just realized tho why are we talking about conservatism itt?

Mordy, Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

but the degree of inequality does vary. the fact that something can't be completely eliminated is no argument against reducing it

ogmor, Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

what i meant is that one could v easily make the argument that the left is about oppression and inequality and you can see bc every time there's a communist state they end up killing millions of ppl through the rigid enforcement of dogma. the question is always who is oppressing whom. now rightly you could argue that soviet + chinese communism should not be how we measure the motivations underlining leftism but then you can do the same for conservatism. my point is just that if you're looking to defame your political opponents on oppression grounds you'll have plenty of fodder no matter your ideology.

Mordy, Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ha, i think real world examples are salient, but for what they tell you about power rather than what they tell you about ideology

ogmor, Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I haven't even noticed the Trudeau Paradise Papers stuff get much traction.

Do you mean the stuff about Bronfman's offshore accounts? Was JT or the LPC directly implicated?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I imagine Canada will probably remain a country of milquetoast centrist liberalism for a while. We never drifted as far right as some of our allies and will probably not experience as intense of a left-wing backlash?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

That said, there have been some legitimately good ideas coming from the NDP, especially Ashton (and the Greens). I'm eager to see more advocacy for things like a green energy transition Crown corporation, socialized finance options, socialized pharma care coverage, someone actually standing against more pipelines. In a minority govt situation, this Liberal govt might be more push-able than the last one.

An NDP provincial government may well be likely in SK, I think?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

challops: soviet + chinese communism is actually right-wing

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

That said, there have been some legitimately good ideas coming from the NDP, especially Ashton (and the Greens).

I (along with all the Marxist goons I roll w/) voted for Ashton even though she was disappointing on QC, hoping she remains a prominent voice for the party going forward. I really got the feeling she pushed the overall tenor of the leadership race significantly left.

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Everything is an angry centrist overreaction to the last shit

Gary Synaesthesia (darraghmac), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Maybe this belongs more on the CDN politics thread, but curious to hear what other leftists/Canadians on this thread think.

I voted for Ashton and am definitely far to the left of Jagmeet, but from a tactical POV, do you think he may be - in an instrumental way - better for the medium to longer term prospects of the party insofar as he will likely be able to win over some of the more left(ish) or progressive people who voted for Trudeau in 2015 (and either moved more to the left since or have been disillusioned by the betrayal of campaign promises, etc.).

I know this way of thinking can lead to a slippery slope, but I wonder if his leadership of the party might help - to some degree - galvanize (or at least sustain some forward momentum for) the NDP in a way that an Ashton, Angus or Caron victory may have?

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 9 November 2017 20:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I voted for Ashton but I don't think her platform would have been electorally successful, if I'm honest. But I am of the pessimistic view that liberal centrism is the best we can expect from a federal government in Canada and so the federal NDP can best function as a sort of parliamentary pressure group.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Two huge problems for left politics in Canada: the national dependence on oil leads to a situation in which a large proportion of the public view the oil patch as a sacred cow which precludes widespread popularity for environmentalism which must be a pillar for any left-wing movement; another important part of any left movement in canada must be indigenous rights, decolonization, reconciliation. these ideas are given plenty of lip service in mainstream canadian discourse but anything that actually threatens entrenched interests or even, you know, calls a spade a spade - wrt the opprobrium that comes from many corners the second someone uses the words "settler colonialism" or "genocide" etc. - is anathema to a large proportion of the canadian population.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I voted for Ashton and am definitely far to the left of Jagmeet, but from a tactical POV, do you think he may be - in an instrumental way - better for the medium to longer term prospects of the party insofar as he will likely be able to win over some of the more left(ish) or progressive people who voted for Trudeau in 2015 (and either moved more to the left since or have been disillusioned by the betrayal of campaign promises, etc.).

my concern is that his platform may not wind up distinct enough from the Libs for a significant number of voters to even consider jumping ship

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

and JiV otm, Canada is much more backwards than the US on these issues in some respects

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

On oil, possibly. I don't agree that the US is more progressive on aboriginal issues. Afaict, these barely even register as an issue on the national level in the US.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Simon, that's totally a fair point, though I also wonder if Singh will be able to bring some amount of first-time voters to the NDP (I doubt it will be massive, but stil...) or people who had formerly been unaffiliated with any party. He may also be appealing to culturally conservative immigrant groups who vote PC (to generalize) and win over more votes.

Jim, yes, both are also two massive problems that any progressive force will have to reckon with and, in the near future, am not sure how they will be able to reconcile.

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Young/new voters are definitely where I'd be focusing on trying to mobilize if I were an NDP strategist, yeah.

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I know Habermas has been progressively lurching to the centre over the course of his life, but even I'm quite surprised he wrote this glowing article on Macron.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/juergen-habermas-on-the-european-vision-of-emmanuel-macron-a-1174721.html

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 10 November 2017 19:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Fun with (American) history:

https://soundcloud.com/deadpundits/ep-34-the-democratic-party-the-left-w-adam-hilton

Dead Pundits Society - Ep. 34: The Democratic Party & the Left w/ Adam Hilton

Adam Hilton, visiting lecturer in Politics at Mount Holyoke College, is on the show to talk about the history of the Democratic Party and its interaction with the left. Can the Democratic Party be used as an instrument of socialist advance? And what is the nature of the Democratic Party, anyway? Tune in to find out.

Find some of Adam's writings here:
-"Bernie and the Search for New Politics," https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/06/bernie-president-unions-mcgovern
-"Searching for New Politics," https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/02/bernie-sanders-new-politics-democratic-party-realignment-primary

Google Murray Blockchain (kingfish), Friday, 10 November 2017 19:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I know Habermas has been progressively lurching to the centre over the course of his life, but even I'm quite surprised he wrote this glowing article on Macron.

He seems to be using Macron as a stick to beat the German political establishment with. They need beating, but get a better stick.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 10 November 2017 19:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

thanks for that kingfish, SPD is a reliably good cast even if I find the main guy mysteriously grating

Simon H., Friday, 10 November 2017 20:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Proctor likes to stir shit for better or for worse but I enjoy his guests most of the time

Google Murray Blockchain (kingfish), Friday, 10 November 2017 22:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

One of the socialist candidates I can vote for in municipal elections later this month is named Charisma Fries. I might vote for her just for that reason. I will probably just vote for the party, though.

Frederik B, Friday, 10 November 2017 22:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Sounds like the name of one of the bands on scott's Leftover College Radio Station Indie Rock Records thread

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 10 November 2017 23:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Latin America seen as part of the West? I think that's where the latest drift began. Different forms of a populist left to varying degrees in Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil and so on. Its under tension - and in Brazil its collapsed to quite a dangerous situation for the environment..

xyzzzz__, Friday, 10 November 2017 23:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

On the front of "capital throwing its weight around" in the face of a strengthened left, I was heartened to see talk of Labour preparing to counteract capital flight should they ever take power

― Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Due to Brexit capital flight could happen anyway. Business is practically telling Labour they could put up with a erm diminished influence and profits as long as Brexit is the softer option (access to the single market). That's an opening, of sorts, to bring more things to the forefront and keep those ppl on their toes.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 10 November 2017 23:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

skip to about 13:30 in the latest Trillbilly Workers' Party for a very good RL Stephens segment on DSA/American left stuff, particularly the old race/class question

https://soundcloud.com/user-972848621-463073718/episode-35-who-are-we-w-special-guest-rl-stephens

Simon H., Saturday, 11 November 2017 03:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

or 18:30ish if you're feeling impatient

Simon H., Saturday, 11 November 2017 03:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

this is all pretty dope imho

Good thread of what DSA has been up to this week. https://t.co/0mv1eo63k0

— Sturgeon's Law (@Sturgeons_Law) November 13, 2017

Simon H., Monday, 13 November 2017 04:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, the IDC result seems positive? This made me smile as well: https://www.vox.com/2018/9/13/17854554/andrew-cuomo-new-york-president-2020-no

Frederik B, Friday, 14 September 2018 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

my line about him is that he thinks he's bulletproof but really he just buys up all the bullets

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:05 (one month ago) Permalink

all but two of the ex-IDC people are gone, which is great. If dems can actually pick up a couple seats from republicans, some shit can really get done. Of course, who knows whether Cuomo will find some way to buy off a few of the anti-IDC winners -- a couple of them, like Alcantara, were actually pretty progressive when they got elected.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

You've all definitely watched NY politics longer than I have, but couldn't the result also not might put off Cuomo and other Dems from repeating what the IDC did? I mean, a couple of them did get reelected, and reading about Simcha Felder, he seems to be from a pretty conservative district anyway, but it seems like it would be a political miscalculation to move towards - and past - the middle again.

Frederik B, Friday, 14 September 2018 16:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Presumably he does it with money. xp

Did the joint caucus control the chamber? Would it presumably flip to the real Democrats if no seats change parties?

faculty w1fe (silby), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:14 (one month ago) Permalink

What is the story with the IDC? Why are NY state Dems so cozy with Republicans?

Asking as someone who is very unfamiliar with NY politics. That whole situation is pretty baffling to me.

Does it just boil down to whole-scale corruption? Or is it part of long-term political/cultural trends in NY?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:22 (one month ago) Permalink

The IDC did disband a while back I think, but another Dem called Simcha Felder caucused with Republicans as well. He cleared his primary challenge. So Dems need to flip a seat.

Reading up on it on Wikipedia, and it's kinda incredible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Senate#Recent_history It's been a ten-year debacle.

Frederik B, Friday, 14 September 2018 16:40 (one month ago) Permalink

The IDC "disbanding" was meaningless imo, it was a late game maneuver to try to save their seats.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't feel any simcha about felder winning

the bhagwanadook (symsymsym), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:46 (one month ago) Permalink

What is the story with the IDC? Why are NY state Dems so cozy with Republicans?

Asking as someone who is very unfamiliar with NY politics. That whole situation is pretty baffling to me.

Does it just boil down to whole-scale corruption? Or is it part of long-term political/cultural trends in NY?

― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, September 14, 2018 11:22 AM (twenty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's complicated. Even people familiar with NY Politics have trouble fully explaining it, but Cuomo very much enabled the situation and yes there is definitely corruption involved.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Simcha Felder's district is gerrymandered such that no one could beat him except probably another orthodox jew (BTW, that gerrymandering is ALSO enabled by Cuomo!)

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:48 (one month ago) Permalink

BTW, not all the IDC members were conservative dems. Alcantara (who rightfully lost last night) was a left-wing activist and organizer who backed Bernie. But, according to her, the mainstream dems wouldn't meet with her when she wanted to run for state senate. In swooped Jeff Klein, who offered her money for her campaign (some of which comes from pretty sketchy sources). She basically sold out without fully realizing that she was selling out, imo. In her mind, this was a way to give progressive latinx groups a seat at the table, but the larger effect was to make sure republicans controlled the state senate and most of the progressive agenda couldn't get passed. Nonetheless, she had to be pushed out as a result of making this alliance. Who you take money from and who you align with matters, not just what's in your heart.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean, if I had to sum it up, I'd say the IDC was a creation of moneyed-interests with the support of Cuomo who wanted a bulwark against the naturally left-leaning tendencies of the state's polity. It was a clever way to reduce the otherwise natural power of progressive dems in the state legislature. I'm sure it won't be the last device of its kind.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Simon, just thinking out loud here, but there might be another reason why people who think the opposite of you are rarely proven wrong...

― Frederik B, Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:29 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

god fuck off

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 14 September 2018 19:12 (one month ago) Permalink

maybe if we duct tape you to a ceiling your blithe condescension will actually have a reason to sound like it's from on high

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 14 September 2018 19:14 (one month ago) Permalink

lol

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 14 September 2018 19:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I'll help

sleeve, Friday, 14 September 2018 19:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Haha

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Friday, 14 September 2018 23:44 (one month ago) Permalink

(Also, it’s freaky that that image is now _16_ years old.

https://compete.kotaku.com/15-years-later-heres-why-a-gamer-was-duct-taped-to-a-c-1796679499)

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Friday, 14 September 2018 23:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, a couple local libertarian types decided to roll up on the DSA happy hour earlier this evening

(I think this is a first as the social events tend not to get trolled)

In an uncharacteristic show of strength, both libertarians in Portland showed up to crash our happy hour 😂😂😂. 2 of them showed up to support free markets; over 50 of us showed up to support free people. pic.twitter.com/V0FuFZtX2M

— DSA Portland Oregon (@PortlandDSA) September 15, 2018

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Email in from DC DSA steering committee that O'Keefe is likely to release another Project Veritas vid soon targeting DSA DC members that are fed bureaucrats

Fun!

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 17 September 2018 18:10 (one month ago) Permalink

hooooo boy

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 17 September 2018 18:15 (one month ago) Permalink

how is that dude not in jail

sleeve, Monday, 17 September 2018 18:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I’m guessing that means they’re going after Allison then

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 06:16 (one month ago) Permalink

DSA strikes me as a much lower value target than Planned Parenthood or Acorn. Maybe he’s a little desperate.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:17 (one month ago) Permalink

hyup xp

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:04 (one month ago) Permalink

The new Tribune looks interesting:

https://tribunemag.co.uk/relaunch-preview

Some excellent contributors.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:31 (one month ago) Permalink

ah look its my twitter TL in the culture section #proud

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 22:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Good comments from Spain's Borrell

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/19/donald-trump-urged-spain-to-build-the-wall-across-the-sahara

nashwan, Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:03 (one month ago) Permalink

I’m guessing that means they’re going after Allison then

― Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:16 AM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Allison of DC DSA was fired this week

https://www.gofundme.com/activist-fired-for-protesting-trump

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yup, was just about to link that:

And if you don't know why you shouldn't lose any sleep over someone yelling at Secretary Neilsen this should clear that up. https://t.co/Lzl7tmcwdK https://t.co/YD6tWNi6zs

— Charles, Star of MicDicta (@Ugarles) September 25, 2018


If you can, please donate to my friend @allisongeroi, she was one of the super brave protestors who shamed DHS Secretary Nielsen in public, and got fired from her job for it months later https://t.co/r3SB51Z3Wr

— hell woods (@floozyesq) September 25, 2018

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty into these two short articles, one presenting a taxonomy of the current US left, and a second that responds to the first.

https://theleftwind.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/the-us-left-has-only-four-tendencies/

https://theleftwind.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/how-many-tendencies/

From the second, which of the two I prefer:

regardless of all protestations to the contrary, the US left owes more to the period between Occupy Wall Street and Blacklivesmatter than it does to the Russian or Chinese revolutions. While we may ideologically claim adherence to any historical movement we wish, practically a movement is limited by the organizational makeup and strategies of the movements that came before it. We may do what we want with this body we have, but sadly we have inherited our skeleton.

What we must understand about this skeleton the left has built on is that, as opposed to the 50s, the 30s, or the 1910s, the current era of radicalism is coming from an incredibly narrow range of organizations. Activist orgs and intellectuals were the two forms of activism which predominated on the left, with some interplay between these two groups and electoral advocacy. In terms of what union work there was, it was scant and often guided one directly into the nexus of liberal organizations, and as for mutual aid, it was often focused on supplying the milieu with half-molded bread.

This came to a peak at Occupy, and after that the slow collapse of the left of the Oughties became a far more rapid process. In its place we began to see a series of different tendencies, marked by their shared oppositions to what they viewed as the failures of the last decade. But these new tendencies did not spring up completely new; they were built on the organizations that existed before them. This led to a strange interregnum: the left was increasingly disgusted with itself after Occupy but its reactions could only manifest through the same kinds of organizations as the ones who produced Occupy. A kind of magical thinking arose, where replacing the seemingly mundane forms of organizing associated with the anarchist left with some other form would lead to immediate success.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Here’s Sophia on RevLeft Radio talking about the one of those she wrote: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/marxist-center

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

man, fuck Bhaskar Sunkara

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

??

gbx, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

their statement in response:

https://tribunemag.tumblr.com/post/178442272996/tribune-statement

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Fuck the Jacobin. They have all that money to be benevolent buyers, but can't pay their writers?

Frederik B, Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

pic.twitter.com/3eAcdwNhwj

— shut up (@itsbedtimebitcj) September 27, 2018

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i'm not sure the name is worth that much, i'd have started a new magazine

ogmor, Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

http://paydayreport.com/jacobin-publisher-accused-of-reneging-on-wage-deal-in-takeover-of-british-magazine-the-tribune/

― wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:26 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the guy that wrote this is an acquaintance and honestly i don't trust his reporting as truthful anymore

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

he's had a years long vendetta against sunkara over this issue because of a pay dispute

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

good podcast episode here on the elections/movements dialectic from a gang that imo knows what they're doing

https://radiopublic.com/healing-justice-podcast-WznLEJ/ep/s1!fd2df?fbclid=IwAR3rV8WrJnbyNJs9ZNFNPTmZ_telcU-N3ftA73ikV4RXMZkG2nKj6-wjZkY

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Nice ep here from Ryan Cooper et al about eco-socialism, criticisms of “degrowth,” and then sequel into discussing Jonathan Chait’s recent column

https://leftanchor.podbean.com/e/episode-9-champagne-ecosocialism-jon-chait-join-dsa-feat-jeffspross/

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Monday, 15 October 2018 00:12 (five days ago) Permalink

Tim Faust has a new newsletter out.

Work is being done all around us. In Idaho, a woman in a van built the popular movement which will win Medicaid expansion at the ballot box this fall. In Maine, the Maine People’s Alliance won Medicaid expansion off the back of a minimum-wage-increase campaign. In San Francisco, people won right to guaranteed counsel in case of eviction at the ballot box. In Cincinnati, the DSA won a needle exchange--the first in the region. And in Texas, beautiful Texas, we have the paid sick leave campaigns. The paid sick movement in San Antonio organized San Antonio residents (instead of well-meaning liberals from California and New York) who spoke to other San Antonio residents about paid sick leave. It turned out 140,000 signatures -- 40% higher than the number of people who voted for mayor in 2017. This is the largest popular movement in San Antonio in years, if not decades.

What do all these campaigns have in common?

One, they offer material and redistributive relief to people who are suffering now. Two, they’re all fundamentally movements toward health justice. Three, they organize with the people who most need to be heard and respected in the development of a radical single-payer program.

This is the work that excites me: the work of highlighting the specific manifestations of health disparity in our communities, working to alleviate it, and through this work building the local grassroots movement which, in coalition with hundreds of local movements nationwide, can demand, win, and enforce federal, universal single-payer--one which forces the state to bear the costs of providing care--AND the risks and costs of what happens when care is not provided.

Only by forcing the state to reckon with the financial consequences of unsafe housing, of inadequate food, of abandoning the rural population, of the carceral state, can we force it realize that housing is healthcare; that food is healthcare, etc. But the state alone is insufficient and untrustworthy: only through the mass popular movement, this big quilt organized from below, which demands health justice can we develop the mechanisms to hold it accountable.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 15 October 2018 01:53 (five days ago) Permalink

Backgrounder on Citizen Strong - a group that's crowdsourcing opposition research on GOP candidates:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/a-former-obama-operative-built-a-new-anti-republican-attack-machine

(I'm proud to be one of the 16000 researchers for them!)

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 15 October 2018 02:51 (five days ago) Permalink


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