Jack” [Reed]


I recently agreed with David Duhalde that the left should be careful in the tone it adopts towards Obama.  I myself had some second thoughts about the specific situation and eventually conceded some ground in the spirited debate that followed his post, but I still think that much of the left’s attitude towards Obama maybe justified, but it won’t do much to grow the ranks of those to left of the Democratic Party.

Now, even though I promised that I would avoid attacking fellow American progressives for sometime (we are a small family afterall), I couldn’t help but comment on the fact that two groups that use to be forces on the American Left, and that are now mere shells of their former selves, have taken up the habit of attacking without warrant, other sections of the left.

First it was the Socialist Workers’ Party accusing the International Socialist Organization and others of anti-Semitism for their support of divestment and boycotting of Israel. 

And now it’s the CP-USA calling Obama more progressive than FDR, attacking the celebrated journalist Liza Featherstone, claiming that the labor movement in American doesn’t have to become more militant, pushing a compromise on EFCA and rambling on about other things.

My thanks to the great Doug Henwood for having the audacity to read People’s Weekly World and post about the article on the LBO-list.

So what do you guys say--- we don’t want a cynical left, but isn’t it worse to have a naive one?

(or am I just an idiot for caring what fringe groups like this say and do anyway?)

And to answer my question, probably join another socialist organization.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)