Strike pickets in New York (1910) Image via Wikimedia Commons The utter rout of the Labour Party in the 2019 British elections has raised serious questions about the immediate viability of an electoral road to socialism “across the pond.” Some commentators have since tried to distance the democratic socialism of Jeremy Corbyn from that of his American counterpart … [Read more...] about Organizing the Unorganized: The Left’s Task in the Labor Movement
Red Guards patrol at a fire in the Smolny Prospekt (1917)Image via Wikimedia Commons “In the eyes of the reformist, “hopes” for revolution seem vague because they do not understand the depth of the contemporary economic and political contradictions.”— Lenin, "Reformism in the Russian Social-Democratic Movement" (1911) In the wake of the disastrous 2008 financial crisis, … [Read more...] about Goodbye Revolution?
Photo by Stephanie Olechowska. Philadelphia Tenants’ Union members confront wealthy slumlord Ajay Raju of Cross Properties, which is behind the mass eviction of Penn Wynn tenants in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia. The dominant left-wing political forms of our present moment are either amorphous “movements” without formal structures, or nongovernmental … [Read more...] about Base-Building: Activist Networking or Organizing the Unorganized?