What the Corbyn moment means for the left


The New Statesman has the article What the Corbyn moment means for the left.

Rumours of the death of the political left have been exaggerated. Corbyn, like Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain and the Scottish National Party, is an immune response from a sick and suffering body politic trying to fight off a chronic infection that threatens to swallow hope for ever. There is a crisis in representative democracy in the west and it was established well before the stock-market collapse of 2008. The old centre left is at odds with its electorate because it decided for itself the limits of what was politically possible a decade ago.

There are many great paragraphs in the above article, but for me this one is the most powerful and succinct description of what has been wrong with US politics for many years. The most obvious symptom is the annoying habit of President Obama first negotiating with himself down to a minimal position that surely the Republicans will accept, and then finding out that the Republicans only want to negotiate him down even further. Then after negotiating the President down below the minimum acceptable compromise, they won’t vote for his proposal anyway.

How many times are we expected to be sold down the river, and then expected to ask for more of the same, please?

I really like the idea of thinking that Bernie Sanders’ rise as an “immune response from a sick and suffering body politic trying to fight off a chronic infection that threatens to swallow hope for ever.”

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