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This is the grave of Meridel Le Sueur. Born in 1900 in Murray, Iowa, she grew up in a reformist family. Her family was involved in temperance, Populism, labor rights, the IWW, and other political movements. She imbibed deeply in all of them. Her parents divorced and her mother married the socialist ex-mayor of Minot, […]
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Jacobin’s quality control has never been its strength and combined with the impossible to kill dogma among certain leftists that so-called “identity politics” are a black hole that cover up for the only politics that do matter–class-based politics, it can lead to a real mess. The fundamental problem with this is that it is nonsense […]

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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Politics as Tattoos, Revisited

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On December 11, 2017
Building on my post yesterday about the left approaching electoral politics like it approaches a new tattoo–an extremely individualistic expression of personal consumer values that avoids solidarity politics in favor of atomistic displays of individual virtue–let me link to this Shaun King article about how progressives responded to the Atlanta mayoral election when the Bernie-approved […]
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Judean People’s Front

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On July 6, 2017
I am not a member of Democratic Socialists of America, largely because I feel that being involved with it is not a good use of my energy, in particular arguing with young leftists and being tarred as being a hopeless sellout. In other words, I’m too old and cranky for it. When I was 25, […]

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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