So according to an editor’s note in the blog linked below, it turns out Paul Goodspeed may not actually be the only member of DSA in New Hampshire, after all – but regardless, he certainly represents them well. In a previous guest post for CNE, Goodspeed described his experiences attending the DSA’s youth conference held this summer in Atlanta, and promises a forthcoming post at The Activist, official blog of the Young Democratic Socialists. This post dropped with much fanfare last week, and it’s a wonderful read (and not only because CNE gets a shoutout). Check out some highlights:
“It just sucks not knowing any other self-identified socialists in my area. I feel like a “front” or formal coalition of all these tiny groups across the US is badly needed. There’s no inherent reason why we couldn’t have such a “front” in the US.
The idea of a “front” or coalition of leftists is quite common internationally. SYRIZA, for example, is literally “the Coalition of the Radical Left” and one of its constituent groups, Synapsismos, is itself a coalition. France has the Front de Gauche, or “Front of the Left.” Germany’s Die Linke has distinct internal “platforms”, reflecting its origin as a merger between the former West German WASG and the former East German Party of Democratic Socialism (which was the renamed Socialist Unity Party, a.k.a. the former Communist ruling party).”
That’s the case, right there, even if you don’t wholly subscribe to it. More:
“…[I]f thousands of socialists (and some anarchists) from many different organizations can gather at a giant conference every year, why can’t American socialists get together on more a permanent basis? If a long-term commitment is too much, perhaps American socialists should coalesce into temporary campaigns with sunset clauses: after a given date, a campaign would dissolve. That would imply reinventing the wheel, with multiple alliances re-forming over every separate issue, but it would give the organizations involved some flexibility. In any event, there should be much greater cross-organizational cooperation than presently exists…
…I still have the strong sense that socialists in the US should spend less time talking past each other and more time talking to one another. There are serious disagreements among socialists, to be sure. Socialists strongly disagree on the legacy and merits of Leninism, over the role of the Democratic Party, over the merits of today’s union leadership, and—importantly for DSA members—they disagree vehemently about Bernie Sanders. Nevertheless, socialists will only ever acquire the support of the plurality of Americans if they support one another on issues of mutual concern, agree to disagree, and stop spending so much time ignoring one another.”
All right, quit clowning around and click through to read the whole thing. It’s worth it.
Come back again and write for us some more, Paul!