In the wake of the US election, I was (once again) hoping to see more of an ecumenical attitude towards political organizing on the left, and I just haven’t seen much of that, except on an individual level. I would love to hear people’s experiences of working cross-ideologically in advocacy and organizing, especially where those experiences have been positive.
I am tired. The sniping back and forth between those who think others not “pragmatic” enough and those who think others insufficiently radical is exhausting and dispiriting. Liberals, trots, tankies, anarchists et. al. - we’re great at destroying each other. Moreover, we’re great at being ignorant of each others’ work and strategies.
I don’t believe, however, that the pretense of unity that comes from ignoring real differences and manufacturing a kind of neutral commonality is a good solution. Movements orbiting a sort of default, privileged political consciousness not only decay in the face of much more robust competitors (e.g. national identity) but tend towards silencing marginal voices by speaking on behalf of them. If you ignore your differences, you’ll suck at intersectionality.
So what are some good strategies, game people of the left? How do we talk to each other and make our conversations permeable enough for others to join?
To give you an idea of where I’m coming from, I wrote this to myself earlier today.