[Marxism] "The U.S. Left" was Re: Some of my thoughts

Joaquin Bustelo jbustelo at bellsouth.net
Fri Nov 17 11:53:51 MST 2006

Carrol says: "I don't think it is correct to think of 'socialist groups' as
'the u.s. left.' The core of the u.s. left consists of non-affiliated
marxists and semi-marxists."

I think that this is entirely right. I wasn't meaning to say the Left is
largely or even significantly those of us in organized socialist groups.
(Using the word "organized" loosely in the case of my own group).

In one of her recent books, Marta Harnecker highlights the distinction
between two sectors in the Latin American left, the "party" left and the
*social* left. 

What stand out for me is the inability of the "party" left in the United
States to relate to or attract or become relevant to the non-party left, and
not just now, but for decades, in fact, my entire political lifetime,
although now the phenomenon is much more marked.

It is a big problem, because without some sort of conscious, concerted
collaboration and reflection, experience shows you do not consolidate cadre,
at least, not very many. 


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