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  •  It's really hard to say. (14+ / 0-)
    If one is able to identify a specific percentage of population in this way, what comparable percentages would you assign to liberals/progressives, and what percentage to "socialists, anarchists, and post-capitalists"?
    I think liberalism and progressivism are imagined as different cultural stances than are socialism, anarchism, post-capitalism and so on.  Liberalism and progressivism are imagined to be attributes of think tanks and of "respectable" people.  They are commonly measured in nationwide opinion polls and constitute a "market" for nonprofit agencies even though such agencies might reside in what Jane Hamsher called the "Veal Pen."

    The other beliefs might be occasional free-floating considerations of college undergraduates (before they join the business world) or dedicated individuals who are typically found in cultural milieus with which they don't agree.  I do, however, think that socialist and anarchist and post-capitalist thoughts are quite common, though the free-floating nature of such thinking in the American cultural context appears to be what is left of such thinking after the Red Scares of the 1920s and 1950s drove organized communists/ socialists underground.

    Obviously I that America needs to do a good deal of cultural work before there is a serious left alternative to progressivism here.

    "The problem with the Left isn’t that it’s too austere and serious; it’s that it doesn’t take itself seriously enough to make the changes necessary for political practice." -Bhaskar Sunkara

    by Cassiodorus on Mon May 27, 2013 at 05:59:46 PM PDT

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    •  Perhaps in the same direction: Joshua Clover (5+ / 0-)
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      "Moreover, in a development Krugman couldn't quite bring himself to declare, his charts suggest that a generally declining labor share since the 1970s has also spelled bad news for overall profitability outside the finance sector. The productivity race wasn't just unfortunate for the unemployed; it was for capital a poison pill of its own making. Thus Krugman's comedy: always on the verge of discovering the arguments of a 150-year-old book; always turning away at the last second."

      "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

      by Superskepticalman on Mon May 27, 2013 at 06:24:14 PM PDT

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