Leftists in the U.S. South is a new multi-tendency network that has been established to help Leftists in the southern United States network, share information, organize and more.
We are interested in fostering communication and collaboration among the broad Left. This is perhaps controversial, but many of us involved in the network would like to see everyone from the left of the Democratic Party to left communists talking. This is not because we believe naively that if we just get people discussing more, everyone will magically come together and we will have a mass revolutionary movement in this country; nor do we think that questions of line and other ideological differences are irrelevant and should be set aside altogether.
However, it is clear that actually existing sectarian strategies have failed to produce a mass movement in this country, and we are not going to get anywhere if people from tendency A are going about their business talking only to their own clique, pretending that people from tendency B don’t exist, or, worse, are dedicating much of their energy to writing polemics against tendency B – writings which nobody except their own group will ever read. The worst case scenerio is when sectarianism is preventing us from actually organizing among the working class and oppressed peoples.
The crisis of the capitalist world system is deepening; this includes ecological, economic, political and many other dimensions. Now more than ever, the Left needs to develop creative strategies. We want to help make that happen.
We also believe that the movement in the South will be decisive in the coming years, as the South represents so much of the United States, and is also a “weak link” in the U.S. politico-economic system. The region has its own economic conditions, class and ethnic make-up, cultural traditions and more which must be analyzed in their concreteness and complexity. It is therefore essential that the Left comprehend the realitites facing the South and organize there. The establishment of this network is an attempt to facilitate those processes.
So far, the network consists of this site, our official discussion forums and a Facebook group. As the network develops, more online tools may be utilized. Stay posted.
Sympathetic non-southerners around the world are also welcome.
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