[Marxism] “Throw Them All Out!” The Yellow Vests Uprising in France

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 20 07:51:17 MST 2018

But the left could take advantage of the yellow vests in order to 
reconnect with the people like the emergent labour movements did over a 
century ago. However, its way of functioning and its relation to the 
practice of political action would have to undergo a Copernican 
revolution. The left will finally have to learn how to operate 
democratically: absolute parity on all levels, the end of the 
professional political mandates (limited in time and number), the right 
to revoke leaders, collective management. No left party is really living 
up to this kind of democracy. If the left cannot be radically left-wing, 
it could try to be radically democratic and in that way closer to the 


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