[Marxism] Fwd: In the Year Since Trump's Victory, Democratic Socialists of America Has Become a Budding Political Force | The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 21 06:42:07 MST 2017

Over the summer, three loose coalitions formed, each bearing its own 
program: Momentum, Praxis, and Unity. When I asked the members of the 
groups how they differed, I was told that Momentum consisted of “soft 
Trotskyites” and was the most explicitly Marxist, oriented toward the 
campaign for single-payer and other overarching policy initiatives. 
Praxis was “Maoism lite,” with a “from-the-ground-up” approach and the 
heaviest focus on social justice and questions of identity. Praxis 
emphasized new ways of engaging people, such as the free clinic for 
repairing brake lights that the DSA chapter in New Orleans recently 
mounted. (Broken brake lights are a common reason for police stops, 
which can escalate into immigration or criminal-background checks, 
especially for people of color.) Both Momentum and Praxis consist 
predominantly of young people, while the third coalition, Unity, was the 
least ideological, with an emphasis that was described to me as 
“old-DSA-ish stuff” (i.e., cooperation with the Democratic Party) and 
“reform and realignment.”

Even when you’re speaking directly to members of each group, clarifying 
their differences can be difficult, and the three blocs remain in a 
messy semipublic competition with one another. But as much as their 
philosophies might overlap, each group presents a distinct direction for 
DSA at a time when the organization’s primary task is helping to define 
what socialism might look like in the United States today.


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