The Radical American Left
There actually is a radical left in America. It's not the "Berniecrat Leftists" in the Democratic Party and the infinitesimal amount of coverage radical leftists get in the M$M is limited to dismissive name calling.
Antifa is in the news for relatively innocuous episodes of "violent" vandalism. There is a new book out by Mark Bray that explains Antifa and he was interviewed at Truthout:
Before analyzing anti-fascism, we must first briefly examine fascism. More than perhaps any other mode of politics, fascism is notoriously difficult to pin down. The challenge of defining fascism stems from the fact that it "began as a charismatic movement" united by an "experience of faith" in direct opposition to rationality and the standard constraints of ideological precision. Mussolini explained that his movement did "not feel tied to any particular doctrinal form." "Our myth is the nation," he asserted, "and to this myth, to this grandeur we subordinate all the rest." As historian Robert Paxton argued, fascists "reject any universal value other than the success of chosen peoples in a Darwinian struggle for primacy."
That's a very accurate description of the political force behind Trump's election.
Quoting Paxton again:
Paxton defines fascism as:
... a form of political behavior marked by obsessive pre-occupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.
Mark Bray on American Antifa:
Some antifa groups are more Marxist while others are more anarchist or antiauthoritarian. In the United States, most have been anarchist or antiauthoritarian since the emergence of modern antifa under the name Anti-Racist Action (ARA) in the late eighties.
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Despite such differences, the antifa I interviewed agreed that such ideological differences are usually subsumed in a more general strategic agreement on how to combat the common enemy.
The preferred tactic of Antifa:
Most of the anti-fascists I interviewed also spend a great deal of their time on other forms of politics (e.g., labor organizing, squatting, environmental activism, antiwar mobilization, or migrant solidarity work). In fact, the vast majority would rather devote their time to these productive activities than have to risk their safety and well-being to confront dangerous neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Antifa act out of collective self-defense.
Here's a link to a follow-up interview with some additional details:
There is also an active Communist Party USA led by Bob Avakian:
To give everyone an idea of how centrist the Democratic Socialists of America are by global standards, here's a critique of Noam Chomsky and David Harvey from the World Socialist Website:
This takes the form of a petition organised by Noam Chomsky and other fake-left figures and academics, including the pseudo-Marxist David Harvey, calling for the US to intervene to guarantee the safety of the people of the northern Syrian city of Afrin and its surrounding region against a military invasion by neighbouring Turkey.
The petition is now being eagerly joined by pseudo-left organisations and individuals around the world in what is another example of the “human rights imperialism” that has come to form the modus operandi of these forces.
A technical condemnation of Chomsky based on an historical Marxist analysis is followed by this:
Similar, but not identical, issues apply in the case of David Harvey. He presents himself as a critic of capitalism and its depredations, claiming to draw upon Marx. But his Marxism is of a purely academic character. Running through all his writings, above all when addressing the vital question, “What is to be done?”, is a persistent theme.
The working class is not the sole revolutionary force created by capitalism through the wages system, whose historical task is its overthrow. Other social forces, based on identity politics or various protest movements, must play a leading role. He continually inveighs against what he considers to be the one-sided focus of Marxism on the revolutionary role of the proletariat.
"Other social forces, based on identity politics or various protest movements, must play a leading role"? All righty then. You can put me down in the centrist faux left category with Noam Chomsky and David Harvey.
[Edit to add a link to a David Harvey article]:
Consolidating Power: David Harvey: “The left has to rethink its theoretical and tactical apparatus.”