The Future of the Left – A Conversation on Unity

This event is over! But it was great and you should have been there. This is what you missed:

Welcome to our event! We’re sitting at the livestream table at SEIU1199 near Times Square in New York City. The full description of the event is below the video feed.
Participate in the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #futureleft

A conversation on left unityFuture of the Left

Chaired by Pat Fry – Left Labor Project

Opening remarks from Mark Solomon – Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. (Read the article that launched a thousand conversations.)

Responses by:

  • Bhaskar Sunkara, Editor – Jacobin Magazine
  • Libero Della Piana, Vice Chair – Communist Party USA
  • Maria Svart, National Director – Democratic Socialists of America
  • Eric Odell – Freedom Road Socialist Organization

After the conversation, join us for a reception with light food and beverages. We’d love to get to know you, and we hope to give you
the chance to meet and speak with other like-minded people!

Hosted by:

  • Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Communist Party USA
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization

With participation and support from:
Jacobin Magazine | Left Labor Project | Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office | The Brecht Forum


  1. This meeting is long overdue. I think we can best start by reviving the moribund anti-war movement, and linking the wasted defense money to new job creation. – Steve K., Socialist Party National Anti-Imperialist Committee

  2. We are working within the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party as the Farmer Labor Caucus. The 1934 Farmer Labor Party platform said “Capitalism has failed and should be abolished. We mean to establish the Cooperative Commonwealth.” At that convention Floyd B. Olson, the sitting Farmer-Labor Governor, said, “I am what I want to be. I am a radical. I’m not a liberal.” In 1948 Hubert Humphrey merged the Democratic Party with the Farmer Labor Party and then drove the Farmer Labor radicals out of the party and co-sponsored every piece of anti-communist legislation in Congress. We believe the Democratic Farmer Labor Party is, at the grass roots, a potentially progressive organization that can be mobilized to support anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-imperialist programs.

    We would greatly appreciate your criticisms.

  3. Acer776 says:

    Sunkara actually came across as friendly and sound, as did the DSA spokesperson, though along with FRSO, their unwillingness to participate more wholeheartedly in the effort is really disappointing.

  4. Outside Agitator says:

    The organizations that can’t get over the fetishization of their own organizations and refuse to find a road to unity continue to justify those of us who refuse to participate in any of these organizations. You want to build organization? Get over yourselves!