This is the real Left, not the fake or bullshit Left and not the insipid Cultural Left. In fact, these real Lefties consider the Cultural Left to be at best a cop out, distraction and waste of time and at worst to be utterly ridiculous and the sign of a failed movement. Their view is:
Economic Left > Cultural Left Bullshit.
In other words, for these folks, it is pretty much all about economics. The deride the current US “Left” (which is really a fake Left and not a real Left at all) for surrendering to neoliberalism on economics and devoting all of their energy to ridiculous token victories like highlighting some individual lucky female who broke the corporate ceiling or whatever. Great, so some lucky female member of the 1% broke the glass ceiling and now gets to dine and golf with the country club boys. Sure, that’s nice and all, but how about the millions of American women (and men) who are really, wounded and dying from the blows of vicious neoliberalism.
I guess they aren’t important. Who’s important? I dunno, Carly Fiorina, I guess. It’s feels so much better to be exploited by a corporate female than a corporate male! You know, those corporate female CEO’s are so much more nurturing and all that. Get real.
I am not exactly sure if they are Leftist or liberal. They have nothing at all against US liberals, so I doubt if they are Leftists. Further, they advocating engaging Obama instead of saying, “There is no difference between Obama and a Republican,” as Leftists do.
Adolf Reed and Van Jones (the guy Obama wimped out and sacrificed) are two of my heroes, both great Black men of the Left. Both of them are definitely Leftists and not liberals. Thom Hartmann is basically a Leftist.
Robert Borosage seems to run the organization. I know the name but I am not sure if he is a liberal or a Leftist. Digby the blogger is apparently a liberal. I have heard of Richard Eskow, but I am not sure if he is a liberal or a Leftist.
The best way to describe the site I suppose would be to say that this is the Left wing of the Democratic Party, and a bit more to the Left than most of that wing. It is made up of real liberals who do not hate Leftists and pragmatic Leftists who do not hate liberals. So it looks like some of liberal-Left coalition of sane people who want to work within the system rather than dropping out, going 3rd party, or endlessly slamming Democrats.
I am not sure if US Leftists even matter anymore, as what the ones on this page are arguing for is hardly radical at all. It’s certainly not Communism or Marxism or anything like that.
Here is their About page:
We live in a remarkable political moment: precarious, yet potentially transforming. At the Campaign for America’s Future, our daily work is to bring about the progressive transformation.
After three decades of conservative dominance in American politics, we Americans are threatened with economic disintegration, environmental devastation and international isolation.
The list of failure is simply exhausting: a disastrous Iraq occupation, a destabilized Middle East and Asia, the persistent threat of terrorism, a menacing climate crisis, an insecure and dwindling energy supply, unprecedented trade deficits, unchecked global corporate power, our broken health care system, a weakened pension system and an increasingly inaccessible higher education system.
But out of the ashes of this era of conservative failure comes an historic opportunity for progressives to salvage the American Ideal and shape this young century.
That’s where we come in.
The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.
To attain our ultimate goal, we spearhead a compelling progressive agenda that addresses the kitchen-table issues working families face. We regularly convene and educate progressive thinkers, organizers and community activists so our voices will be coordinated, cogent and potent. And we incubate national campaigns on the critical issues that will define America for generations to come.
Americans have had it with tired conservative politics that divide us, an economy that squeezes us, a foreign policy that weakens us and a government that serves few of us.
But while conservatism may be exhausted, progressives are just getting started. The Campaign for America’s Future is driving our progressive movement and offering the new vision, bright ideas and bold leadership Americans rightly demand.
We are showing the way toward accessible education, affordable health care and secure retirements for all. Toward a clean energy future and away from Middle East occupation. Toward the representative, responsive and responsible government needed for all of us to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We cannot let the conservative failure that brought us to this precarious moment tip America into another Gilded Age and leave the world at the mercy of unaccountable multinationals, oil-drenched autocrats and merchants of terrorism.
It’s our job to turn this precarious moment into a prosperous progressive era. Together, we can.
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