[Marxism] Savvy critique of Jacobin

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 6 16:12:05 MDT 2016


Over the course of the past five years, in the aftermath of Occupy, and 
as the editorial format has evolved, the political bandwidth of Jacobin 
has widened as well. While it has always toyed with the disaffected 
liberals on the fringes of the Democratic Party, more recent 
contributors have included writers and cadre with primary allegiance to 
Trotskyist organizations, like the ISO and Solidarity. This newfound 
ideological range, which allows the journal to waver somehow between 
Kucinich-style liberalism and the ruins of the Fourth International, is 
an undoubtedly crafty move on the editors part, given the stated 
ambitions of the journal: it gives it the allure of being open, 
non-sectarian, a space for reasoned debate on the Left that gravitates 
around, and is contained within, the pages of the journal. This premise 
provides a convenient smoke screen behind which to position the 
retreaded DSA platform and policy propositions as a kind of central 
fulcrum, around or against which its respective Right and Left are balanced.

full: http://brooklynrail.org/2016/04/field-notes/let-us-be-terrible



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