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How a Movement Grows

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On August 7, 2018
Dayen’s profile of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent visit to Los Angeles was I thought quite telling about how an individual can help a movement grow and help her own political career by subjugating the heroic ego to organizing the masses. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the probable next member of Congress from New York’s 14th District, barnstormed through Los […]

Cult of Personality

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On June 28, 2018

I hate to write about Bernie Sanders at LGM because so many LGM commenters turn themselves into idiots whenever he comes up, stereotypes of how the left sees this blog as a bunch of centrist hacks. Bu

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I strongly encourage you to read this Jonathan Matthew Smucker piece from In These Times that calls the entire idea of labeling someone an “activist” a problem that divides us. One way that progressive political groups create barriers between themselves and society is through the construction of a relatively new category of political actor: the […]

Just Win Baby

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On May 3, 2017

Sam Adler-Bell’s essay urging the left to avoid its all-too-typical purity politics and embrace a strategy of winning is the best thing you will read all day. A couple of choice excerpts. Hegemo

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So often, liberals today just can’t understand why people joined the Communist Party in the first half of the twentieth century. They were monsters after all. But taken in the context of those times, it makes perfect sense. They were voyagers on that river, these plumbers, pressers and sewing machine operators; and they took with […]
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