The Inflation Reduction Act would not have happened without the movement for a Green New Deal, but it shouldn’t be confused for one. The climate left now faces a novel problem: how to deal with having won something—and keep fighting for more.
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We need to be far more generous with each other, able to hold conversations without resort to insults and abuses. Out of disagreement comes understanding. But out of malicious slander only comes disorientation.
Democrats were ready to throw railworkers to the wolves, letting even Republicans outflank them on labor rights. But thanks to a last-minute legislative push by Bernie Sanders and his allies today, railworkers may be getting the sick leave they’re demanding.
Put the mainstream Democrats aside. After the midterms, more left-wing insurgents are going to the House, Bernie Sanders has two strong allies in the Senate, and progressive ballot measures passed everywhere. Election night was a good night for the Left.
I hope those who cheer Lula’s victory pay attention to the source of his success. The route to a greener and fairer future is not through focus groups, it is through mobilisation of a multi-racial working-class, galvanised by the prospect of a government bold enough to act.
The protests of 2020 revealed the extent to which our political movements are at a real crossroads. Do we continue to place the vast majority of our hopes on conventional politics? Or do we really begin to engage in the necessary project of rebuilding a radical, even revolutionary left?
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