Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

November 9, 2012

Sawant, Stein, and Post-2012 Left Strategy

Filed under: revolutionary organizing — louisproyect @ 3:19 pm

by Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp on November 8, 2012

in analysis

With nearly 12,000 votes (a whopping 27% of the vote), the campaign of Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant in Washington’s 43rd legislative district is a bright beacon of hope on the otherwise bleak horizon of the 2012 election for the American left, although you wouldn’t know it by reading the party-line and left-liberal news outlets. Both focus on praising/blasting the two major parties and take solace in a handful of progressive initiatives that passed in a few states while occasionally mourning the poor performance of third parties nationally.

The first presidential election since Occupy brings with it a few lessons that the left should take to heart concerning the long haul, short-term strategy, and sectarianism/left unity. Every experience, no matter how depressing, traumatic, or distasteful is an opportunity to learn and grow, and 2012 is no exception.

read full article: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=3189

1 Comment »

  1. Dear Louis: I am a fan and occasional contributor. Please publicize the terrific new occupy effort which I am forwarding on the next e-mail! Thanks so much. Barbara

    Comment by Barbara Regenspan — November 9, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

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