Titus Stahl

Why do we (the left) lose?

Michael Albert asks a question that’s probably on every leftist’s mind: Why do we lose?

System defenders have guns, money, lawyers, media, and academia, and callously use their immense assets to relentlessly divide and destroy people seeking real change. Worse, daily life pressures very nearly preclude dissent in the first place. People typically have no time and feel too isolated to rebel.

Still, why can’t we get it together to win a new world anyway? We win lots of gains, some very very important, but decade after decade they don’t seem to accumulate into larger and larger movements, activism, commitment, and then a changed world. Why?

Albert proposes twenty main reasons, ranging from language to lack of institutional vision. Well worth a read.