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  •  I'm struck by the (5+ / 0-)

    "New Left" label: I've always known about it but it raises the question for me of what kind of "left" do we have now in 2011 if the "New" Left was the one from 1968?  

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:11:38 PM PDT

    •  we now have a "Deep Left" considering the (6+ / 0-)

      concern for deep(er) ecology, globalization, the security state and if you look above the "Mr. Felt" is "Deep Throat"

      I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

      by annieli on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:19:34 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but also, in a sense, we are going back (4+ / 0-)
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        ...to the old left. Pro union, economic issues moving to the forefront again. Somewhere along the way, we forgot the the best civil rights policy, and the best social reform policy, and the best way to speed up the evolution to a tolerant, enlightened society, is to create economic security for everyone.

        •  the new left always included the unions and the (3+ / 0-)

          new left always included the old left - these were the underlying sectarian issues among various groups. It was always about social justice and the adjectives aren't very important.

          I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

          by annieli on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:04:07 PM PDT

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        •  "no left"? (4+ / 0-)

          at least not compared to what we had back then. Just look at all the left orgs mentioned in the memo. Plus they were all very active and organizing hard around the world. There were also a lot of minority left groups like the American Indian Movement that I helped lead. Today the "left" is pretty much dead and gone.

          America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

          by cacamp on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:24:13 PM PDT

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          •  maybe... (1+ / 0-)
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            the "unleft?"

            Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

            by a gilas girl on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 11:49:46 PM PDT

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          •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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            The left in the US has been almost wiped out, replaced with what you might call the neoleft of the corporatist Democrats. We are only now getting our voices back.

            •  it's true that many 60s DFHs got jobs or tenure (0+ / 0-)

              but not unlike the closing scene in 1900 when the flags emerge or in Terminator 2 when the underground arms cache is unearthed and John Connors says:

              One thing about my mom... she always plans ahead.
              The ‘New International’ is an untimely link, without status ... without coordination, without party, without country, without national community, without co-citizenship, without common belonging to a class. The name of New International is given here to what calls to the friendship of an alliance without institution among those who ... continue to be inspired by at least one of the spirits of Marx or of Marxism. It is a call for them to ally themselves, in a new, concrete and real way, even if this alliance no longer takes the form of a party or a workers’ international, in the critique of the state of international law, the concepts of State and nation, and so forth: in order to renew this critique, and especially to radicalise it Specters of Marx

              I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

              by annieli on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 08:55:08 AM PDT

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    •  I like to call it the "Conscientious Left"... (2+ / 0-)
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