While Democrats and Republicans have cynically joined forces for a meager “build back better,” the Left mostly fantasizes about tearing it all down.
If legislation that indicates some meaningful structural shift gets passed, let’s reassess, but until then we should dispense with the comforting illusion of having much sway over a fluid and depressing situation.
The problem with establishment wonkery is not only that it serves the interests of the elite but also that it begets more wonkery from our side.
Politics for most people is a means to an end. If we fail to highlight solidarity and shared material interests over ideological purity or identity, we will fail to transform the abstract support of disaffected voters into actual engagement.