Things seemed to be looking up on the left. People started to wonder: are the zombie years finally over? Will French strikes and street battles in Chile light sparks around the world or will their effects be merely local? What are the prospects in the USA for the movement coalescing around Sanders and the DSA? Then suddenly the roof collapsed. In three stunning days, Sanders went from unstoppable front-runner to toast. Before anyone could recover enough of their senses to reflect on what just happened, Coronavirus sent much of the U.S.A. into lockdown and shelter-in-place, bursting the latest economic bubble, sending the nation into a probable depression with projected 30% unemployment. Something is happening here, in the words of Buffalo Springfield: what it is ain’t exactly clear. So, let’s join Doug, Jodi, Leo and Asad for a wide-ranging panorama of the current moment: what strategies should the Left follow to derail the next push for more austerity?
Asad Haider, Jodi Dean, Leo Panitch, Doug Henwood (mod)