Culture Wars/Current Controversies

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left

This “open letter” is a farce and a joke. Former luminaries of the New Left from the 1960s (including some ex-Weathermen and SDSers, along with a lot of other names that I recognize and have heard of for decades) make a Chomskyian plea on behalf of Biden. Notice how there is no discussion of actual class politics, actual state repression, or international relations (God forbid that “leftists” should take actually take anti-imperialism seriously),  in this “open letter.” It’s all just Democratic Party/CNN/MSNBC talking points.  I post this here only as an illustration of what a pathetic joke the US “Left” has become, why it has been a complete failure on all fronts, and why we need alternatives (which is what ATS is about).

The Nation

On April 13, 2020, Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee, former vice president Joe Biden. Writing as founders and veterans of the leading New Left organization of the 1960s, Students for a Democratic Society, we welcome Bernie’s wise choice—but we are gravely concerned that some of his supporters, including the leadership of Democratic Socialists of America, refuse to support Biden, whom they see as a representative of Wall Street capital. Some of us are DSA members, but do not believe their position is consistent with a long-range vision of democracy, justice, and human survival.

Now it is time for all those who yearn for a more equal and just social order to face facts. All of us have charged for years that Trump is the leader of an authoritarian party that aims for absolute power; rejects climate science; embraces racism, sexism, homophobia, and violence; holds the democratic process in contempt; bids to take over the entire federal judiciary; represses voting rights; and violates plain human decency on many fronts. These are the grounds for our solemn determination: A common effort to unseat him is our high moral and political responsibility.


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