[Marxism] Fwd: Rand Wilson’s road to Damascus-like conversion to the Democratic Party | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 24 11:01:46 MST 2016

If I was a conspiracy theorist like many on the left, I’d suspect that 
the glowing tributes to the fresh-faced Marxism of Bhaskar Sunkara’s 
Jacobin Magazine in the bourgeois press are a calculated bid to keep 
radicals tied to the Democratic Party. Unlike the musty, grandfatherly 
Dissent Magazine that was tainted by the likes of Michael Walzer, 
Jacobin was graced by the brash hipster image of Sunkara who was clever 
enough not to hide the fact that the seed money for the magazine came 
from “hustling away, doing whatever: from selling marijuana to 
small-scale bootlegging”. Certainly, if you were in your early 20s and 
on the left, that was something you could identify with as opposed to 
the magazine that Woody Allen once described as being merged with 
Commentary in order to form a new one called Dysentary. Plus, it also 
helped to have flashy graphics. If you are going to sell people on the 
Democratic Party, it helps to have magazine covers that look like they 
were drawn by some Futurist living in Moscow in the early 20s.


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