The "Left" Can't Take a W Because…

Briefly. Since I’ve been doing this for so long, I sometimes forget to establish basic elements of my political history and philosophy. My earliest political feelings were vague left-liberal stuff, as is common among adolescents, but by the time I was 19 or so I was studying to be an old-school orthodox Marxist. (I still consider myself an old-school Marxist, minus the teleology.) I was in a number of reading groups from 2000ish-2004ish, studying the sacred texts - Marx and Engels and Lenin and Trotsky and Gramsci and Althusser and Kropotkin and David Harvey and on and on. Eventually I gave up, for a few reasons. The first was that I just wasn’t a good enough student. I looked around me and saw all these guys who could quote chapter and verse of Proudhon or whatever, and though I was diligent and passionate I could never get to that level. Try as I might I could never keep my

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