h/t to Tom Hickey at MNE
SEATTLE—Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle. She has expanded funding for social services and blocked, along with housing advocates, an attempt by the Seattle Housing Authority to allow a rent increase of up to 400 percent. She has successfully lobbied for city money to support tent encampments and is fighting for an excise tax on millionaires. And for this she has become the bête noire of the Establishment, especially the Democratic Party……
….I met Sawant in a restaurant a block from City Hall in Seattle. She is as intense as she is articulate. Sawant, born in India, is a leader of the Socialist Alternative Party. She holds a doctorate in economics from North Carolina State University and before her election to the City Council was a professor at a community college. She knows that there will be no genuine reforms, let alone systemic change, without the building of radical mass movements and a viable third party. She is as familiar at Seattle street demonstrations, where she has been arrested, as she is in City Council hearings. If there is any hope left for the absurdist political theater that characterizes election campaigns it is in renegades such as Sawant…..
Iseenesest õige, et radikaale on vaja. Mainstream vasak- ja parempoolsed püüavad kaitsta status quo’d ja enda poliitilisi privileege selles süsteemis. Ta tahab rohujuure tasandil massiivset poliitilist liikumist organiseerida. Ma arvan, et selle õnnestumiseks on tarvis esiteks massilist rahulolematust praeguse süsteemi vastu, teiseks peaks olema sellisel liikumisel intellektuaalselt tasemel liidrid (minu arvates puudusid OWS liikumisel) , kolmandaks peaksid nad olema kahe jalaga maa peal selles mõttes, et mitte unistada: kujutame ette, et elame kosmoses ja kujundame oma eesmärgid sellele vastavalt (a la Kreeka, lõpetame kasinuse ja jätkame euroga). Pane tähele, ta on bête noire demokraatidele. Muuseas kõige suuremad MMT vastased on ikkagi ka vasakpoolsed. Nad seisavad minu arvates poliitilise hierarhia eest ja arvavad, et MMT seda ohustab.