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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:49 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:58 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:19 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

wrt haidt i mean

ogmor, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:46 (one year ago) Permalink

there's a pun in there somewhere

imago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:48 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Mordy, Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:01 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

challops: soviet + chinese communism is actually right-wing

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

Everything is an angry centrist overreaction to the last shit

Gary Synaesthesia (darraghmac), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:58 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

or 18:30ish if you're feeling impatient

Simon H., Saturday, 11 November 2017 03:29 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

It seems to me that the very term Anti-Zionism is inherently propagandistic and misleading, unless you believe that Zionism automatically requires and supports all of the policies of the State of Israel which are being criticized from the left. Calling opponents of those policies "anti-Zionist" is similar to calling proponents of abortion rights "anti-life". The term is polarizing and unhelpful. And the tenor of that article was polarizing and unhelpful.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:44 (one month ago) Permalink

if i learned one thing from reading a bunch of pro-iraq war screeds way back in the day it is that paul berman never knows what he's talking about

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:45 (one month ago) Permalink

xp aimless are you referring to the 3 part berman piece of the piece that was linked to here? re: anti-Zionism i think you're a little confused. ppl of whom the term is being used here (people who support BDS) often very happily refer to themselves as anti-Zionist. these pieces are not like AIPAC hit jobs on liberal Zionists like Beinart where you'd be right conflating critical of Likud policies w/ anti-Zionism is propaganda. these pieces aren't about democrats who are critical of israel (tho they are) but specifically leftists who support 1SS.

Mordy, Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:54 (one month ago) Permalink

often very happily refer to themselves as anti-Zionist

Self-identified anti-Zionists are in no danger of taking over the Democratic party. Berman can stop fretting.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:59 (one month ago) Permalink

is that bc you don't think DSA and the left are ascendent in the party or bc you don't think anti-Zionism is prevalent in those circles or what

Mordy, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:06 (one month ago) Permalink

it's because they are more than several steps removed from positions of power within the Democratic apparatus

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:11 (one month ago) Permalink

also I know you know this but the DSA, the left and anti-Zionists are not interchangeable terms. it's more like a Venn diagram where anti-zionists are the v small intersection in the middle

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:12 (one month ago) Permalink

yes i'm aware and i am not concerned that the dem party is about to become anti-zionist. but it's enough of an issue on the horizon that conservative jews have fodder to troll liberal jews with. ok fine right-wingers always wield nationalism against left-wingers what else is new. i do think tho that the left wing of the party, mostly due to moderate failures in office and electorally, is ascendent and that likely in the near future the party will at the very least be split on the issue of Israel. there are no anti-Zionist POTUS nomination hopefuls afaik. Sanders probably comes the closest and is a for sure liberal Zionist. but yeah a lot can happen in between now and then and i do believe anti-Zionist sentiment is more marginal than it appears. the anti-Zionist left + the right are both motivated to make it seem more impressive for their own reasons.

Mordy, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:20 (one month ago) Permalink

xp- I think even morbs would quickly concede that anti-Zionism is not "ascendant in the party" and he more than anyone else on ilx would make that admission ruefully. As Οὖτις points out, conflating 'the left', 'DSA', and self-identified 'anti-Zionists' as interchangeable terms is wildly inaccurate.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:23 (one month ago) Permalink

i'd be curious to hear other opinions on that question tbh inc morbs but i don't think you can have it both ways. if these incoming elected democrats are worth news coverage (and they got tons) then a position many of them share that is currently anathema in the dem party is worthy of coverage too. tho i agree handwriting at this point isn't justified (but of course these articles are concern trolling).

Mordy, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:40 (one month ago) Permalink

a position many of them share that is currently anathema in the dem party is worthy of coverage too

The mainstream DC news media doesn't think this way. Israel was not the marquee issue in the midterm elections and isn't likely to be in the 2020 election, either. The out-of-the-mainstream foreign policy positions of a few Congressional reps is very small potatoes.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:51 (one month ago) Permalink

seeing as how we have a non-existent foreign policy at the moment, Israel's pretty far down the list of any foreign policy issues that are gonna be brought before POTUS candidates - things like dealing w Russia, Brexit, NATO, China, N. Korea, Iran deal, Paris climate accord, etc. are all gonna take precedent. that's a long list.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:54 (one month ago) Permalink

(and Israel's involved on a few of those fronts but you get the idea)

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:54 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Tucker Carlson’s rag is doubling down to the point of now just making leftist memes:

That's more like it, @AOC! pic.twitter.com/Jg1XkAl8bo

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 4, 2019

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Saturday, 5 January 2019 19:58 (one month ago) Permalink

They're just riding the wave for the clicks.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 6 January 2019 00:00 (one month ago) Permalink

xp lol

sleeve, Sunday, 6 January 2019 03:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Holy shit they do the “Webster’s defines socialism as..” thing too

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/americans-warming-to-socialism-over-capitalism-polls-show

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Socialism, no matter what Webster's Dictionary says, should be defined as the belief that the economic production and resources of a society should be organized so as to support all members of that society, in such a way that their basic sustenance does not directly depend upon their ability or opportunities to contribute to that society's economic production.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 7 January 2019 04:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Uh, I think that’s social democracy, but a necessary step along the way

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Monday, 7 January 2019 22:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I think society owning the means of production would be covered by that definition, too, since that approach is just a means, not an end in itself.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 7 January 2019 23:55 (one month ago) Permalink

debating what socialism really means is a

https://media1.tenor.com/images/9e1deacb0095a725dafb1802588469dc/tenor.gif?itemid=5589511

from me

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 15:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Fair enough

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Houston DSA Member, Judge Franklin Bynum, updated our chapter last night in front of 82 attendees on his work as judge, announcing that he freed dozens of people yesterday alone during his jail docket.

This is what emancipation looks like.

He announced that the newly elected judges fired the private law firm that argued for jailing the poor, dismissed the federal appeal, and are moving to settle the biggest bail lawsuit in the country. With the leadership of Judge Darrell Jordan, Franklin and the new judges; all people will be released on their misdemeanor cases, period.

No more algorithms, no more cash bail, no more cages for people the law already calls innocent. This is part of our vision of a better society!

“I would never have done this without being a part of DSA.” - Franklin Bynum

https://www.facebook.com/HoustonDSA/posts/1641384789294769

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:48 (one month ago) Permalink

What is the algorythm he is talking about?

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:50 (one month ago) Permalink

could someone break down the "leaked DSA secret plan" fracas that happened a few days ago?

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:51 (one month ago) Permalink

could someone break down the "leaked DSA secret plan" fracas that happened a few days ago?

― resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:51 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

so far as i can tell some internal documents from the momentum clique leaked. in these docs they're open that the M4A canvassing they've been driving has essentially been designed as a bait and switch actually intended to build capacity to power a bernie canvassing adjunct. they reply that a bernie presidency is a necessary condition for M4A. no one besides them, so far as i can tell, thinks that's true.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

so far as i can tell

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

thanks HOOS. sounds....about right, tbh

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:04 (one month ago) Permalink

this is.....very far from great, and mcelwee does not come off well

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-young-lefts-anti-capitalist-manifesto/

resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 23:33 (four weeks ago) Permalink

It was I think Brendan O'Connor who tweeted that if you think the intellectual salon of the anticapitalist left is a media & pol friendly happy hour in Brooklyn, you're telling on yourself

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 01:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I liked a lot of what McElwee was saying - probably surprising no one - but this is the part that concerns me:

if three years from now Data for Progress has not enacted its vision, has not exercised itself upon the world and its ideas on the world, then we will have failed and we should stop doing this.”

Wasn’t that self-imposed timeline a little quick for broad political change to happen, I asked.

“We’re all going to fucking die of climate change,” McElwee shot back. “We have to accelerate, accelerate, accelerate.”

There's still a lot of people who would love to die of climate change in a hundred years, instead of being shot by police, dying of hunger, etc, and it's concerning if people are going to go away if they don't get their way in three years.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Calling yourself an "Overton window mover" is some straight up delusions of grandeur shit.

Unrelated, but if you're taking the pulse of the new US left and consulting Paul Krugman but no one from (for example) the major chunk of DSA not interested in reforming the Dems, that's pretty fucking weak imho

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure she's not including Krugman as being among the new US left. Might have overlooked that connection, but I don't think it's there.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And the fact that Krugman is thinking about plans to nationalize 25% of the economy is a pretty great indication of the impact the new left has had, imo.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i sorta get grifter vibes from McElwee, but he's followed by some good people not that necessarily means anything

anvil, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've seen ppl outright call him a grifter but imo that term implies malice/forethought, imo he's just an activist who got a little media + politician love and let it get to his head (inadvertently minimizing the work of a hell of a lot of other people while he's at it)

and no the piece doesn't lump in Krugman with them, it does something even more annoying and turns to him to say "hmm maybe the mainstream political spectrum IS too limited huh" as though that's not something he could have started doing something about a long fuckin' time ago if he really cared that much about it, and as if tons of ppl haven't been screaming this at the NYT and every other mainstream outlet about their biases for a million years

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, exactly. Which is why it's such a good example to show how the new left has succeeded where others has failed?

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

idk I just don't think persuading Krugman of the value of our ideas is a super useful measurement of impact

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Fair enough. I do.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 13:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

AFA International President Sara Nelson accepted the 2019 AFL-CIO MLK Drum Major for Justice Award, with a call to conference activists from across the Labor Movement to talk with their union leadership about conducting a General Strike to end the Government Shutdown.

look i'm corny as fuck but i teared up at this:

Now listen to me… We can end this Shutdown together.

Federal sector unions have their hands full caring for the 800,000 federal workers who are at the tip of the spear. Some would say the answer is for them to walk off the job. I say, “what are you willing to do? Their destiny IS tied up with our destiny – and they don’t even have time to ask us for help. Don’t wait for an invitation. Get engaged, join or plan a rally, get on a picket line, organize sit-ins at lawmakers’ offices.

Almost a million workers are locked out or being forced to work without pay. Others are going to work when our workspace is increasingly unsafe. What is the Labor Movement waiting for?

Go back with the Fierce Urgency of NOW to talk with your Locals and International unions about all workers joining together - To End this Shutdown with a General Strike.

We can do this. Together. Si se puede. Every gender, race, culture, and creed. The American Labor Movement. We have the power.

https://www.afacwa.org/fierce_urgency_of_now

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 24 January 2019 02:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

thank you. i emailed my AFT rep about it. who to email at AFL-CIO?

the late great, Thursday, 24 January 2019 04:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hell yeah

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

also i would like to lol @ the bureacratically oriented invitation to "conference activists from across the Labor Movement to talk with their union leadership about conducting a General Strike"

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The (literal) money quote from Bill De Blasio in this interview; "If you're not willing to say we need to tax the wealthy more, you're not a part of the Democratic Party anymore." https://t.co/kFSg0rpljE

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 12, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:33 (one week ago) Permalink

haven't listened to this yet but will later.

venerable marxist prof emeritus Robert Brenner talks about the US Economy on Jacobin Radio with Suzi Weissman

https://www.blubrry.com/jacobin/41771287/robert-brenner-on-the-state-of-the-economy/

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:44 (six days ago) Permalink

nice

Not sure where to slot this exactly, but Tim Faust has a new M4A primer

https://splinternews.com/the-only-guide-to-medicare-for-all-that-you-will-ever-n-1832594853

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:44 (five days ago) Permalink

that link is clarifying a ton of stuff for me, simon, thank you.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 14 February 2019 21:22 (five days ago) Permalink

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𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:27 (two days ago) Permalink


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