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Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Tue Nov 21 11:03:03 MST 2006

I think July was a high point in optimism, with Israel having been fought to
a draw  in Lebanon. After that, there were a series of disappointments: a
loss by the left in Ecuador, the failure of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to
prevail in Mexico, and the downturn (relatively speaking, compared to
spring) in  the immigrants' movement in the USA.

The major long-term concern, however, is the graying of the socialist left
in the USA, in my opinion. The 60s and 70s radicalised many activists, who
are now growing old. Meanwhile, the relative calm of the 1980s and 1990s
meant that too many people did not join the left at that time. So, a "second
line of leadership" does not exist to the extent one wishes. As the
generation that became politicised in the 60s and 70s starts fading from
active work, there may well be a crisis within the left in the USA, with not
enough people ready to take their place.

On 11/21/06, Carlos Petroni <cepetroni at yahoo.com> wrote:

Am I wrong or I notice certain demoralization and lost of hopes, and
> confidence
> in Marxism, in JB and a number of others in this list who reside in the US
> and other industrialized societies?

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