Why liberalism needs socialism–and vice versa.
BY Bhaskar Sunkara
The only way back to political relevance for socialists lies through realistic engagement with politics as it exists today.
He wasn’t a household name, but for the last half of the 20th century Michael Harrington was the most prominent socialist in the United States. International leaders like Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme said that if Harrington were European, he’d be a head of state—rather than simply a regular on late-night C-Span. William F. Buckley was more dismissive, noting, “Being called America’s foremost socialist is like being the tallest building in Topeka, Kansas.”
The problem here is that the system has been rigged against simple liberalism, what to say of socialism. I think that the manufactured pseudo-liberal Obama shows the last stage of the neo-liberal consolitation of power.
There is no political option left withing the American electoral systme. This history of socialism in the US is not really relevant. What we need is a revolutionary initiative on a global scale that can address the issues of postcapitalism directly.