BREAKING THE IMPASSE
Electoral Politics, Mass Action, and the New Socialist Movement in the United States
Haymarket Books (April 26, 2022)
Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781642597011 • US $19.95 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 250 pgs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A timely and persuasive discussion of the circumstances, challenges, and possibilities facing the new socialist movement in the US.
In his latest book, veteran socialist writer Kim Moody masterfully analyzes 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. Moody situates the historic electoral campaigns of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other self-described “democratic socialists” and 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 corrective and an alternative orientation, arguing that the socialist movement should turn its attention toward a politics of mass action, anti-racism, and independent, working-class activity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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