The American Left Sucks At Collaboration
Caitlin Johnstone
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This has been a core weakness of the left for many years. In my involvement with the Bernie Sanders campaign, and in recent months with the DraftBernie effort, I have seen lots of infighting on the left. Not so much with the DraftBernie folks — Bernie’s campaign would not have accomplished what it did with that kind of infighting — but in and around the Greens, and various others on the left. I shouldn’t even single out the Greens. It’s pervasive on the left. And in the past year, we have seen the rise of a segment of the left which is virulently, sometimes even violently, intolerant of those who disagree with them.

The more libertarian right is in accord with us on restoring civil liberties and the Bill of Rights, on ending these wars of empire, on no longer bailing out the oligarchs and their giant banks. These are profound issues. We might disagree on lots of other important issues, but that doesn’t mean — at least, it shouldn’t mean — that we can’t work with them on these vital issues. Okay, so most of them will oppose Medicare for All. Fine, we won’t work together on that issue. But it is worth collaboration if we can move away from WW III and reduce or eliminate these police state powers the government accumulated under Bush and Obama.

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