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The Left Needs to Engage Members if We Want to Win Big

Marybeth Seitz-Brown The Forge
Too often, leaders magnify the voices of a very small group of members... This reality reflects significant weaknesses in unions and their organizing practices, and illustrates how shallow and limited our understanding of democracy is.

The Big Lie

Eli Zaretsky London Review of Books
Hitler defined the Big Lie as an untruth so colossal that people ‘would not believe that others could distort the truth so infamously’. Trump’s claim that he won the election ‘in a landslide’ and victory was stolen from him is a lie of this sort.

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Who Betrayed Us? The Failure of the German Revolution, 1918-19

Neal Ascherson London Review of Books
A new book on the ill-fated German revolution is exhaustive while casting doubt on the possibility of a successful workers’ uprising. The reviewer prefers an out-of-print work that faults the Social Democratic right for saving the extant ruling class

Tidbits - Feb. 4, 2021 - Reader Comments: Biden and the Left; Trumpism as Fascism; Andrew Yang; Palestine Denied Vaccine; China; Myanmar; Jim Campbell, Presente; Lila Downs New Song; Reinventing Solidarity Podcasts; Radical Futures of Black History

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Reader Comments: Biden and the Left; Trumpism as Fascism; Andrew Yang; Palestine Denied Vaccine; China; Myanmar; Jim Campbell, Presente; Lila Downs New Song to Essential Workers; Reinventing Solidarity Podcasts; Radical Futures of Black History; more

Left History - Gil Green: Mensch and Mentor

Michael Myerson Monthly Review
The politics Gil fought for in 1934 informed his entire life. For the thirty years following his release from prison, Gil argued against the sectarianism of the Communist Party. Countless times he said, “You can’t have a united front with yourself..

If Biden Wants to Be Like F.D.R., He Needs the Left

Jamelle Bouie New York Times
Radical agitation helped bring Social Security and much of the New Deal into being. Simply put, an ambitious, active left is one that widens the scope of reform. It’s a left that, even if you disagree with it, helps clear the pathways for action.

The Left Must Hit the Streets Again—Right Now

Osita Nwanevu The New Republic
The Biden presidency must be greeted with a historic amount of organizing and agitation. Otherwise, we’re done for. Politics should never be practiced with the expectation of ideal conditions.

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Walking the Tightrope: Latin America’s Pink Tide

Frederick B. Mills New Politics
The lessons of the Pink Tide of leftist and leftish governments in Latin America that marked much of the period following 1998 but were undone by rightist movements, US meddling, world economic crisis and internal weaknesses are aptly told....

A Message to the Left About Kamala Harris — And Us

Richard Eskow Common Dreams
Should activists sit this election out? Not if you believe in activism. The right tactical call for activists is to elect the politicians they're most able to cajole, persuade, and pressure. That means viewing politicians in a different light...
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