The Silent Death of the American Left
by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today?
There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement?
Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or
economic force? Is anyone intimidated or restrained by the Left? Is
there a counterforce to the grinding machinery neoliberal capitalism and
its political managers?
We can and do at CounterPunch and in similar publications, such as
Monthly Review and the New Left Review, publish analyses of capitalism
and its inherent vulnerabilities, catalogue its predations and wars of
military conquest and imperial exploitation. But where is our capacity
to confront the daily horrors of drone strikes, kill lists, mass
layoffs, pension raids and the looming nightmare of climate change?
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