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The US Left’s Antipathy to Organization

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 22, 2012

One of the things that most bothers me about the American left is its resistance to being organized. Unlike the members of the right wing, who eagerly organize and get heavily involved in electoral politics to achieve their goals, the farther left one gets, the more likely a person is to be averse to organization of any sort, an effect I suspect of the belief held by many American far-lefties that participating on politics gives undeserved validation to capitalism.

Turns out that I’m not the only person who’s noticed this.

Back in February 2011, Richard Wolff was one of several prominent leftists interviewed on KPFA for the Pacifica series “Building a Powerful Left”. During his interview, which starts at 26:01 into the program, Professor Wolff talks about the US left’s “anarchistic antipathy to organization”, an antipathy that hinders its effectiveness.

And the guy’s a hardcore Marxist, to boot.


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