Electoral Politics, Mass Action, and the New Socialist Movement in the United States

Kim Moody

Haymarket Books (April 26, 2022)

Trade paper • ISBN-13:  9781642597011 • US $19.95 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 250 pgs.


Kim Moody provides a masterful analysis of the political impasse which has shaped the rise of a new socialist movement in the United States: recurring economic and political crises, sharp inequality, state violence, and climate catastrophe proceed apace as the right ascends across the world, while the US political scene remains defined and dominated by two capitalist political parties. Moody situates the historic electoral campaigns of Democratic Socialists such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as the growth of organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America, in this context, and incisively assesses the revived movement’s focus on electoral strategies.

Offering an important account of left attempts to intervene in the American two-party electoral system, Moody provides both a sobering historical corrective and an alternative orientation for the future, arguing that the socialist movement should turn its attention toward a politics of mass action, anti-racism, and independent, working-class organizing.


“A major contribution to the renewed debates on socialist strategy in the US.”

Charles Post

“Kim Moody breaks new ground in his brilliant, readable, breathtakingly comprehensive analysis that upends conventional thinking about this fraught moment in history.”

Lois Weiner

“Essential reading for those interested in understanding and joining the mass upsurge of workers and others oppressed by the predatory, global, capitalist system.”

Michael Goldfield


Kim Moody is a founder of Labor Notes in the US and is the author of several books on labor and politics, including Tramps and Trade Union Travelers: Internal Migration and Organized Labor in Gilded Age America, 1870-1900 and On New Terrain: How Capital Is Reshaping The Battleground Of Class War. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Westminster in London, and a member of the University and College Union and the National Union of Journalists.


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