Today the left faces the same problem that it has faced since the 1840s, which is being comprised of so many factions that there is no popular and radical force to challenge the current power structure. However we face this problem within a new context where global warming and environmental destruction get worse as everyday passes. In addition to rising temperatures and environmental destruction, society is becoming increasingly atomized, alienated, and anxious, more people are working more hours while some aren't working enough.
Chris Dixon ends his recent book Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements with a series of questions that are meant to confront and guide the direction of future organizing projects. Some of these questions have to do with electoral politics: How should people dedicated to anti-authoritarian politics relate to this sphere? How should such organizers relate to the millions of people that are mobilized by political campaigns?
I have published an appendix to my 'Practical Proposals Intended For Discussion, Extension, Correction & Implementation' which provides some context to the essay 'Why I am not an anarchist'
It is available at http://www.loveletters.za.org/2014/05/practical-proposals-intended-for.html
The past week has seen two attacks in Canada against Canadian soldiers by Muslim men. In response, thousands of people filled the streets to wave flags and call for heightened surveillance, preventive arrests, and war in the middle east. The crowds are calling for a police state. It feels heavy, and we're stuck watching with dread as the crowds seem intent on re-enacting propaganda scenes from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Except in Canada in 2014, instead of a torch the crowds are cheering on the progress of a dead soldier whose corpse was driven from Ottawa to Hamilton.
It was inevitable: After news spread of anti-police riots in the small college town of Keene, New Hampshire, on Oct. 18, people on Twitter started comparing media coverage of the incident with that of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. However, the difference in coverage between the first weeks of protest in Ferguson and the night of drunken rioting that emerged from the Keene Pumpkin Festival was telling. As white college kids in Keene flipped cars and threw bottles at cops for the fun of it, the media called them rowdy booze-filled revelers and all sorts of other euphemisms.