The Rise of a New Left: How Young Radicals Are Shaping the Future of American Politics

The Rise of a New Left: How Young Radicals Are Shaping the Future of American Politics

by Raina Lipsitz
The Rise of a New Left: How Young Radicals Are Shaping the Future of American Politics

The Rise of a New Left: How Young Radicals Are Shaping the Future of American Politics

by Raina Lipsitz

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Overview

HOW THE FIRST MAJOR LEFTWING GENERATION SINCE THE SIXTIES HAS SHAPED ELECTORAL POLITICS

The mushrooming rolls of the Democratic Socialists of America, Marxist explainers in Teen Vogue, and the outsized impact of the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all herald a new, youth-inflected radical politics.

The Rise of a New Left gets behind the headlines about AOC and her cohort of elected officials to tell the stories of the young organizers who created the Squad and the new social movements that have roiled US politics, from the DSA to the Sunrise Movement to Justice Democrats. Ranging across the country to describe grassroots organizing in places like rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Kentucky, Florida, and California, this book examines the panoply of strategies and struggles of activists working in—and trying to transform—electoral politics and the climate justice, racial justice, and labor movements. Alongside Ocasio-Cortez, we hear from the even younger Alexandra Rojas, one of the strategists who guided her political insurgency.

Propelled by scores of immersive and absorbing conversations on political strategy with young activists determined to reshape the country, this book—by a writer who is herself a member of this generational movement—is a riveting account of a resurgent left.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781839764264
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 09/27/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,090,267
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Raina Lipsitz lives in Brooklyn and writes about politics and culture. Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, the Appeal, Atlantic, Nation, and New Republic, among other publications.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Young People Power the Rise of Bernie Sanders 1

2 New Kids on the Block 31

3 Youth-Run, Movement-Driven Organizations 71

4 Sanders-Style Populism Comes to Pennsylvania 105

5 A Country on Fire 129

6 New Pipelines, New Strategies, New Leaders 153

7 Why the Left Needs Organized Labor 175

8 Where We Are and Where We're Going 199

Acknowledgments 229

Notes 231

Index 245

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