Electoralism

“Electoral Pursuits Have Veered Us Away”: Kali Akuno on Movement Lessons from Jackson

By Adam Weaver Introduction Pledging to make Jackson become “the most radical city on the planet,” the July 2017 election of Chokwe Antar Lumumba as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi is by many accounts an inspiration as to the ability of the left to critically engage in social change through elected office. By no means an […]

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The Lure of Elections: From Political Power to Popular Power

By Frank Ascaso, Enrique Guerrero-López, Patrick Berkman and Adam Weaver Published at Truthout.org In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the gravitational pull of electoral politics has gripped the left with renewed intensity. Fueled by the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, discontent with political elites and the failure of the Democratic Party to defeat […]

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The Limits of Hegemony: A Review of Hegemony How-To

By Wayne Price, Anarkismo Review of Jonathan M. Smucker, Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals How can we build an effective popular movement to change society? That is the subject of this book, which has been widely praised. In my opinion, it has important and profoundly true things to say, but is politically unbalanced and […]

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The Postmodern Left and the Success of Neoliberalism

By Scott Jay The rise of neoliberalism across the globe for decades, and its continued resilience since the 2007-2008 financial crisis in particular, forces us to ask why there has not been a more successful resistance against it. We might start with the changing structure of the working class, especially in the West, and that […]

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Absolute boy – The Youth Revolt that Led Corbyn to a Victory of Sorts

A radical left FiveThirtyEight style analysis of the election results looking at exit poll data on demographics and values by Andrew Flood of Worker’s Solidarity Movements (Ireland). You can also listen to an audio version of this piece. Highlights Key to the Labour Party upset is the youth vote supporting “caring and sharing” values and the role […]

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“If You Want a Better Capitalism”: An Interview on Social Democracy with Gabriel Kuhn

In the era of Trump, there’s a clear and growing interest in socialism, especially among young people. The first measurable shift began to peek over the horizon in polling data done in the wake of the Occupy movement, showing 49 percent of people ages 18-29 favored socialism over capitalism. The political terrain of the US was rocked […]

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A Blueprint for a Party of an Old Type

“Blueprint for a New Party” recently published in Jacobin Magazine advocates a model of building a new left electoral party – but author Scott Jay argues it is strategy that leads to campaigning for Democrats and expanding the focus on electoralism rather than a path to strengthening social movements. By Scott Jay These are desperate […]

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Red November, Black November – An Anarchist Response to the Election

A PDF version is available here and ASL translation can be viewed below. WHAT WE ARE FACING Donald Trump has been elected the forty-fifth President of the United States. As revolutionaries we are committed to a world that has no place for the likes of Trump or Hillary Clinton. We know that Clinton would have continued […]

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A Socialist on City Council: A Look at the Career of Kshama Sawant 

The case of Kshama Sawant shows that no matter how good the candidate, business as usual rules in elected office This article is part of an ongoing series called “Socialist faces in high places” looking at the left in relation to the electoral path and state power.  By Michael Reagan, Counterpunch 2016 is shaping up to be […]

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