I have a strong background in radical economics and have produced some good damn work. I necessarily have to think outside of the box on a daily basis. You calling for revolution isn’t thinking outside the box, anyone can do that, and I haven’t a clue what policies and institutions would take the place of existing policies or institutions in your revolution, nor do I have a clue how you would map out a path from here to there. How would you deal with finance as it is, the WTO, trade agreements like NAFTA and the like? How would you deal with the environmental crisis? What would be the role of markets, what would potentially take the place of markets, how do you protect the commons? Just saying, “We’re out”, and go off to la la land? You might notice that countries led by leftist parties have struggled to create alternatives. They can be built, but as a leading politician in Bolivia said, trying to build socialism in the world as it is is akin to trying to change the engine on a car while it’s moving. I could answer what policies and institutions should take its place, cause that’s what I do. What I do know is that the left isn’t in a position to lead a revolution at this point in time since it hasn’t organized people, created alternative visions that people can rally around and clearly identify and the left is only now starting to grow across the country. If society collapsed tomorrow, what would fill the vacuum would be the most dominant and organized groups in society. Is that the left at the present time? Are you in the Black Bloc or Spartacus League, by chance?
Until the left has grown to fundamentally change the country, we’re stuck with what is. My opinion is that we should push existing policies and institutions to their limits, and if they aren’t sufficient, we should replace them with something better. Along the path, I don’t think letting people suffer and trying to be the most radical person in the room accomplishes anything, other than people suffering.