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The Left Needs to Be a Movement, Not a Bunch of Lobbyists

Thinking, and organizing, big

Building a left progressive political alternative in the US is doomed to failure if the focus is on the specific demands of “identity” groups, as important as those issues -- like gay rights, abortion rights, affirmative action, or immigration reform -- may be. It’s not that such issues should be ignored -- they should not be -- but taken as a whole, they are not unifying demands around which to build a movement. We need to focus on big demands and big issues that benefit all but the ruling elites and that will fundamentally change the way the country operates,.

The rest of the changes that are needed will surely follow.

The author, arrested and jailed for occupying the Pentagon mall in October '67, was a war resister and foot-soldier in the anti-war movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

story | by Dr. Radut