Fascinating and important essay, but are we out of time. This strategy is the fruit of left politics of forty years ago. It has so far gone nowhere, beyond incremental gains that amount to less than fundamental change. Can it now succeed in time to forestall climate catastrophe? The right with its insurrection stole a march on the left but eliminated themselves step one.
They will try again, and in the process indirectly eliminate the left option here. If for no other reason than to be able to respond to a coming fascism the left should consider its own option.
“Once new possibilities for change that are within reach of ordinary people become evident, or at least once people think they are evident and within reach, popular aspirations also expand.” — Francis Fox Piven, Challenging Authority (2006, 141–2) Crisis can open the door to opportunities previously seen as desirable but impossible. As 2021 unfolds, more More