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Left on The Move – Newsletter #5

A SOCIALIST TIDE IN THE UNITED STATES AND ANOTHER FEMINIST TIDE IN THE WORLD

This newsletter deals with two tides or waves that are happening in the US and the rest of the world.

The socialist wave in the most important country on the globe is no small thing. Not by chance, after many decades of silence, since the election of Ocasio Cortéz the press has been talking about “new socialism”. If you look around the NY Times, there have been more than a dozen articles and columns on the subject. American television, like many other newspapers in the world.

Socialism is not a new phenomenon in the USA; it has a long tradition. But as the NYT says, it is true that there are “new socialists”. As we have already written many times on this page and now also in this bulletin (article by Charles Rosa) there is a new phenomenon. Socialist candidates from Our Revolution and the DSA contest elections in the Democratic primaries and some win; socialism is growing as an idea in mass sectors. A new socialist vanguard is being formed and this vanguard is becoming passionate about the working class and is becoming part of it, accompanying a revival of the strikes.

And on the other hand, the feminist tide is the most dynamic thing that is happening internationally, as shown by the articles we published and in particular by the women who were in Argentina. As a comrade from Juntas said, “the Brazilian feminist movement can bring out the left that is in limbo”. And we add, it is shaking the world.

Good reading!

Editorial Board Left on The Move – 08.28

 


Feminist Tide in the World

Among the recent mobilizations of the left, the struggles led by women played a fundamental role, being responsible for taking millions to the streets around the world. In our feminist dossier, we present an assessment of the impressive mobilization for the legalization of abortion in Argentina (by Paula Kaufmann, Giulia Tadini, Nathalie Drumond, Keké Bandeira). In addition, we selected texts from the main references of contemporary feminism in the world: Cinzia Aruzza, Nancy Fraser and Angela Davis (main signatories of the Manifesto for Feminism for 99%).

A Feminist Tide | Nathalie Drumond, Giulia Tadini, Paula Kaufmann, Keké Bandeira

A delegation of women from the Juntas (led by Sâmia, São Paulo city councillor) and PSOL [Partido Socialismo e Liberdade, Socialism and Liberty Party] (led by Sônia Guajajara, candidate of the party for CO-president) was in Buenos Aires on the last 8th of August to accompany a historic date. After approval of the legalization of abortion in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies, it would be the Senate’s turn.

El feminismo del 99% es la alternativa anticapitalista al feminismo liberal | Cinzia Aruzza (in Spanish)

La paradoja es que el capitalismo necesita que haya reproducción social y que sea relativamente funcional, pero no quiere pagar el costo por ello. Especialmente porque todas las actividades de la reproducción social tienen baja tecnología y mano de obra intensiva, lo que significa que son costosas. La forma en que los capitalistas (y los Estados) logran mantener estos costos lo más bajos posible varía, pero podemos identificar algunos fenómenos comunes: el aumento del uso de mano de obra migrante mal remunerada y no organizada en sectores privatizados (por ejemplo, los migrantes que cuidan a dependientes o ancianos); los recortes en el gasto social y en los servicios sociales que obligan a las mujeres y a las personas feminizadas a realizar esta labor gratuitamente en el hogar; la mercantilización de los aspectos más rentables del trabajo reproductivo social –cadenas de restaurantes, lavanderías, etc.– empleando, una vez más, mano de obra migrante barata.

Feminism and Marxism | Nancy Fraser

Noted scholar Nancy Fraser joined us for a wide-ranging interview covering Marx’ and Engels’ view of social reproduction, the tension between class, gender, and race, and the need for a “Feminism for the 99%”. Nancy Fraser was interviewed by Albert Scharenberg of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York.

Feminism, Communism and being a Black Panther during the Civil Rights Movement | Angela Davis

50 years on from the revolutionary days of May 1968, we talk to one of the most famous figureheads of that time, Angela Davis: former Black Panther, member of the Communist party and activist who is still fighting for racial, gender and economic equality.

Socialist Tide in the USA

The Case for Bernie 2020 | Neal Meyer, Ben Beckett

Without the electoral revolt on the left inspired by Bernie Sanders in 2016 and carried forward by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others, the socialist movement in the United States would likely be stuck in the same rut it has been in for decades. More than a decade of mobilization and rising class consciousness have laid the groundwork for the renewal of left-wing politics, but Sanders’s campaign was the key spark.

A Blueprint for Calling the Question | Meagan Day

The process of forming a union can take years, during which time employees are not allowed to convene union-organizing meetings at work, but employers are allowed to convene mandatory meetings where unionization is discouraged. Employers aren’t technically permitted to threaten workers with retaliatory layoffs (though it happens anyway), but they can openly “predict” that unionization will force the company to cut salaries, outsource, move locations, or shutter entirely — demoralizing and scaring workers out of forming a union.

The Left and The City: Democratic Socialism and Women’s Spring in Elections | Maira Tavares Mendes

It is no coincidence that the most prominent names associated with democratic socialism in New York are three women. Nixon, Ocasio-Cortez, and Salazar are the result of one of the most massive movements in American history: the women’s uprising that culminated in the multitudinous Women’s March held by Donald Trump. The role that women have played in US politics – as well as in several other countries, as we can attest in the young names also competing in the Brazilian election campaign, such as Sâmia Bomfim, Fernanda Melchionna, Áurea Carolina, of the PSOL’s Feminist Workbench – passes through what has been known as identity politics, but goes beyond. Defending women’s rights, such as the legalization of abortion (like the unprecedented mobilization in Argentina), the fight against rape culture goes through hard confrontation with representatives of the old politics. This representation, in addition to being symbolic, is quite concrete: women’s rights do not fit into the 1% power project, such as the long dreamed wage equality, the historic banner of feminism since its first wave.

A socialist tide in the United States and another feminist tide in the world | Pedro Fuentes

The socialist tide in the most important country on the globe is no small thing. Not by chance, after many decades of silence, since the election of Ocasio Cortez the press has been talking about “new socialism”. If you look around the NY Times, there have been more than a dozen articles and columns on the subject. American television, like many other newspapers in the world. One of the most recent ones in the NY Times is entitled “The New Socialists”. As a result, the situation of the DSA (Democratic Socialist of America) has changed, an organization that was unknown to the American public at large. Now, since Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made mention of democratic socialism, they have broken that marginality in which they were. The NYT even gave space for two of its members to write; Jacobin Meagan Day journalist and director Bashkar Sunkara.

The Trump Era and The Socialist Tide in the USA | Charles Rosa

With all its particularities, the consolidation of Sanders and the DSA came to join other signs of the world left (Corbyn in the United Kingdom, Podemos in Spain, HDP in Turkey, MNP in Peru, Frente Amplio in Chile, Gustavo Petro in Colombia, to cite a few examples) that make up the international development of a new process of accumulation of counter-hegemonic forces, where revolutionaries need to be in order to promote a pole that disputes the strategic directions of these movements towards the rupture with rotten political regimes and with a mode of production that no longer has much to offer to the progress of humanity.

A new page to support and build new alternatives in Latin America and the world, defending the power of the workers and people against the 1% of the rich and privileged, and a society without exploitation.

Writing office

  • Pedro Fuentes
  • Bernardo Corrêa
  • Charles Rosa
  • Clara Baeder