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Time for Another Reinvention | Dissent Magazine
"Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism by Stephanie L. Mudge Harvard University Press, 2018, 524 pp"
book  review  leftism  socialism  history 
november 2018 by tsuomela
Salvage | Bleak is the new red.
"Salvage is a quarterly of revolutionary arts and letters. Salvage is edited and written by and for the desolated Left, by and for those committed to radical change, sick of capitalism and its sadisms, and sick too of the Left’s bad faith and bullshit. "
magazine  journal  leftism  salvage  approximation 
january 2018 by tsuomela
To the Precinct Station: How theory met practice ...and drove it absolutely crazy | Thomas Frank | The Baffler
"The reason Occupy and the Tea Party were such uncanny replicas of one another is because they both drew on the lazy, reflexive libertarianism that suffuses our idea of protest these days, all the way from Disney Channel teens longing to be themselves to punk rock teens vandalizing a Starbucks. From Chris Hedges to Paul Ryan, every dissenter imagines that they are rising up against “the state.” It’s in the cultural DNA of our times, it seems; our rock ‘n’ roll rebels, our Hollywood heroes, even our FBI agents. They all hate the state—protesters in Zuccotti Park as well as the Zegna-wearing traders those protesters think they’re frightening. But here’s the rub: only the Right manages to profit from it."
occupy  2011  history  critique  politics  leftism  ideology  academic  theory 
february 2013 by tsuomela
An Imagined Community | Jacobin
"To root left politics in the communal identity of states and regions may seem anachronistic, and it cuts against a common socialist and Marxist preoccupation with rooting politics in the workplace. But just as the sociological working class of Old Left imagination was only a particular idiosyncratic manifestation of the underlying structural opposition between capital and labor, so too the identification between class politics and action at the point of production is tied to a particular historical era. Struggles over urban development, environmental justice, or the welfare state are just as much class struggles as are strikes or other workplace actions. Hence it is necessary to imagine a political identity that encompasses the entire dynamic of production and reproduction beyond the factory floor. In recognition of this fact, many activists today speak vaguely about “the community”. But better to give the community a name, a place, a history, and a set of symbols that can be drawn on as part of a political struggle — hence, the Wisconsin Idea."
politics  community  leftism  radical 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Dissent Magazine - Online Features - Has the Left Won? An Exchange Between Tim Barker and James Livingston -
"The following is an exchange between Tim Barker, assistant editor at Dissent, and James Livingston, professor of history at Rutgers University and author, most recently, of Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul. In this exchange, Barker and Livingston argue about the thesis of that book as well as a number of recent essays by Livingston on socialism and socialists."
politics  socialism  capitalism  leftism  liberal  progressive 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Why won't America embrace the left? - History -
What has the left really accomplished over the past two centuries? FDR's New Deal remains one of the great American success stories. In the '60s, leftist politics created a massive countercultural movement -- and sexual and feminist revolutions. The civil rights movement transformed both American society and the American soul. But, if you compare the accomplishments of the American left to those of other parts of the world, like Western Europe, its record is remarkably dismal, with a surprising lack of real political and social impact.

At least, that's the main takeaway from "American Dreamers," a new book by Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, which covers nearly 200 years of struggle for civil rights, sexual equality and radical rebellion.
book  interview  leftism  liberal  liberalism  progressive  history  american  american-studies 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: On the rioting in London
"The current left is irrelevant, precisely because its first gesture, is to join with the powerful, in condemning it. It shows that the leadership of the current left is, in fact, on the side of oppression, so long as their own place in that oppression is more reasonable."
riots  city(London)  leftism  liberalism  law  failure  progressive 
august 2011 by tsuomela
A Crude and Simplifying Metaphor | Easily Distracted
"But let me propose instead a metaphor that I find more congenial for understanding the architecture of the political moment.

Let’s say you’re a player for a perpetually losing sports team in a league where there’s two or three teams that always dominate the competition year after year. Everyone but the die-hard fans have deserted you. Some of your former fans have just given up watching the sport altogether, some watch the winning teams diffidently from afar.

It’s a familiar scenario from a zillion sports films and even occasionally resembles the real-life narratives that emerge out of sports and games.

As a member of the always-losing team, you have a few explanatory options, which then suggest a few possible ways to act:"
politics  metaphor  explanation  leftism  liberal 
july 2011 by tsuomela
The Early Days of a Better Nation - Lysenko's Tomb
"the topic of 'Darwin, Dawkins, and the Left' because, a couple of years earlier, I'd put together a stash of notes and links for a blog post that I'd never quite got around to writing."
evolution  genetics  politics  sociobiology  altruism  leftism 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Hard Lessons from Election 2010 -
"But the Left will never find out if there is a realistic political option within the Democratic Party if there is no commitment to building media and other messaging operations at both local and national levels to explain the value of progressive proposals.

And the hard reality is that other possible Left strategies – from third parties to street protests to romantic notions of “revolution” – have shown little or no promise either, in large part because progressives remain largely outside the national political debate. "
election  2010  media-reform  media  journalism  progressive  leftism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Democracy & the left
The thing is, the left should be ambivalent about democracy, at least in its current forms, for two reasons.
First, in prioritizing stated preferences over justice, it gives too much weight to the interests of the noisy but wrongly discontented privileged and not enough weight to those of the silent poor who have resigned themselves to their fate.
Secondly, cognitive biases research has shown that Marx was wholly correct on an important point. There are mechanisms which generate false beliefs, and these beliefs tend to support the existing order and hostility to the worst-off.
democracy  leftism  liberal  critique  poverty  utility  economics  justice  fairness 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Against Situationism |
Situationism's fatal flaw is that although one of its sources is Leftist thought (admittedly, Communism was hard to avoid in postwar France), its goal was always to valorize individual experience over the collective.
urbanism  geography  architecture  art  culture  history  philosophy  situationism  leftism  politics  urban 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination
Situations intends to address the current malaise of the radical imagination in both left theory and in popular consciousness. We aim to explore the social conditions and lived experiences that lead to this malaise and to support explanations which do not reduce political phenomena to a reflection. Situations will foster modes of thinking that recognize the creative role that society plays in its own production. In opposition to simple determinisms, Situations will attempt to show the contingencies and peculiarities of political phenomena.
journal  leftism  ideology  sociology  analysis  politics  culture 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Being on the left
This optimism about human nature, however, seems to coexist with a pessimism about the scope for institutional change....This “human nature-optimism, institution-pessimism” is, if anything (and to simplify), the mirror image of my view.
leftism  future  institutions  human-nature  change  possibility 
july 2009 by tsuomela
"Open Left is a project aimed at renewing the thinking and ideas of the political Left. We seek an open conversation across the Left about the kind of society we want and how we can best bring it about." - by Demos in London.
leftism  liberal  politics  progressivism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
infinite thØught: power to the people?
Power to the People? Conference notes, Birkbeck College, 9th May 2009
conference  notes  leftism  communism  critical-theory 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Shrink the state: a leftist aim
left should join American tea parties, which protest against high taxes. I think I agree. The desire to shrink the state should be a leftist aim. I say so for four reasons.
leftism  liberal  government  scale  size 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Miles from Marx
critical of G20 protests...they “served a therapeutic rather than a political function.” ... they were irrelevant to ordinary people.
I agree. What they showed for me, though, is just how very far we are from any Marxist notion of revolution
liberal  leftism  marxism  economics  bailout  alternative  politics 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Hullabaloo - Trading Eights With Digby
On the main point, I totally agree. We really need to hear leftwing voices in the mainstream media. Where we may disagree is, to some extent, on a labeling or definition refinement... liberals are not leftists.
leftism  politics  socialism  liberal  definition  progressivism 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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