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People may accuse me of being a sectarian killjoy for writing this, and likely level that criticism against anyone posting or sharing this piece. After all, there is a reason that Socialist Alternative has been in our headlines: it’s been succeeding!
However we cannot afford to wait, or censor ourselves. Socialist Alternative has accomplished some truly special things, but is now on the verge of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The fact is, Socialist Alternative’s successes were a strong deviation from business as usual on the US Socialist Left – its typical routines of self-promotion and cycling through non-class issues. But now Socialist Alternative is attempting to capitalize on those successes through methods that are almost opposite of the ones that made them successful! Instead of doing good work which is inspiring to the entire Left, they are caving back into self-promotion and domination of front groups. And it will make their success short-lived.
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