Electoralism

Sure, We Can Elect The Occasional Democrat Progressive. Then What?

We reprint this post as part of our ongoing efforts to critically look at left electoralism and to pose an alternative vision of movement building and popular power from below. Here Black Agenda Report editor Bruce Dixon bravely pushes the logic of elections when he states: “What we rarely bother to think through is what […]

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“Campaign in Poetry, Govern in Prose”: Interview with a Former Campaign Consultant

A decades-long veteran of the Democratic Party explains why elections fail to bring meaningful change.   It’s often said that it’s easy for radicals to criticize from the outside, but what about when the critique resonates for someone who is an insider? As a follow up to the publication of “The Lure of Elections: From […]

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“Wild, Unprecedented” Reformism: The Case of Larry Krasner

The election of Larry Krasner as Philadelphia District Attorney was hailed by many on the left as a positive example of left electoralism – the election of a “people’s prosecutor.” This piece by Tim Horras of Philly Socialists puts forward well argued criticisms of the assumed narrative around Krasner that the election of progressive politicians […]

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“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

We recommend this article as a starting point for critical discussions of left electoral strategies and thinking about alternatives based around building power from below. For more related content see our reader, Socialist Faces in High Places: Elections & the Left. By Frank Ascaso, Enrique Guerrero-López, Patrick Berkman and Adam Weaver Originally published at Truthout.org […]

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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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