Hang separately

Ian Welsh:

A movement of the left made up of self-interested groups is no movement at all. The first, second and last rule of movement politics is solidarity. Any movement made of people or groups which will sell out the rest of the movement is not a movement, and they will be played off against each other to give cover for the worst sort of policy. If you are interested only in your own issue, whether that is environmental, gay rights, women’s rights, immigration, trade, unionization or whatever, then you are part of the problem and your willingness to betray is why the left fails over and over again.

Hang together, or hang separately, as Ben Franklin said.

The left has chosen to hang separately.

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  1. Uh, yeah– except how do we proceed if we genuinely disagree?

    The Bush tax cut hostage situation was an excellent demonstration: for some of us, the most important aspect was that we needed to provide as much unemployment insurance as the Republicans would allow, and we decided on that basis; for others, the estate tax cut was a bridge way too far, and we decided on that basis. I find myself smack dab in the middle, persuaded by whichever argument I’ve heard most recently. So am I drummed out of the movement now?

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