Who's worse for America: Neoliberals or puritopians? | The Tylt
The internecine battle between liberals and the far left rages on, with each side accusing the other of being the true threat to progress. Progressives slam mainstream Democrats as neoliberals—enablers of globalism, imperialism, corporations, and the military-industrial complex. But liberals retort these puritopians are politically naïve haters who accomplish nothing because they demand purity and deny the compromise built into our system of government. Who's really ruining America? 🌹 🗽
Who's worse for America: Neoliberals or puritopians?
Naomi Klein argues neoliberalism and its "policies of deregulation, privatization, austerity and corporate trade" are why Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. Many on the left are sick of centrist, compromising politicians who just offer more capitalism with a fake-friendly liberal mask.
The force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake [is[ neoliberalism. That worldview [was] fully embodied by Hillary Clinton and her machine.
The Democratic party needs to be either decisively wrested from pro-corporate neoliberals, or it needs to be abandoned.
Many hold neoliberals responsible for the Trump presidency.
Late capitalism + worker exploitation + overextended violent empire = President Trump. This is the result decades of neoliberal policies.— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) August 3, 2017
But many longtime leftists say progressive puritopians mischaracterize the Democratic Party—it's flawed, not evil. Not every member is a corporatist sellout shill. They say the far left has no real interest in actually creating real change, because if they did, they would realize it requires compromise.
Long-term congressional leader Barney Frank echoed a common critique of the Bernie Sanders wing of socialist progressives: they simply do not accomplish anything (except for helping the right wing). Refusal to compromise can be noble, but it can also be a cop-out. Many liberals say we have to value incremental progress more than ideological purity.
"Bernie Sanders has been in Congress for 25 years with little to show for it in terms of his accomplishments and that’s because of the role he stakes out."
Being pure is easy. Never compromise in a political system designed to require compromise, and then when you never accomplish anything, you can say it's because you are the only one who was true to your ideals. 🌹
It's a Puritopian victory. Losing means you'll never have to make concessions or compromises to get shit done.— Allan Brauer (@allanbrauer) July 18, 2017
When the far left goes after long-time Democratic heroes like John Lewis and Maxine Waters, or attacks rising stars like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, it enrages Democrats who say these people are not traitors or sellouts—they are dedicated public servants.
But many are left say they're sick of being told to compromise and overlook in the name of progress. They want to get money out of politics and demand more of our leaders. They say neoliberal politics has not worked, and it's time to try things their way.
Puritopians say standing up for principles isn't being "purist," it's having principles.
I get mighty sick of getting called a 'puritopian' when Dems keep offering us lunchmeat that don't support Dem principles & STILL don't win.— Lars Olsson (@larsolsson) June 24, 2017
And the far left says Democrats keep losing because they have no values.
No shit. No message and neoliberal policies domestic and abroad are why the Democratic Party lost, not Jill Stein.— --- (@J_Aquasound) July 22, 2017
Puritopians argue they have every right to call out Democrats and centrists who are doing the bidding of corporate donors.
But others on the left say the socialist progressive wing has lost touch with reality. They are treating politics like it's a religion, and politicians like they are saviors or traitors. No politician is perfect, and nothing is this black-and-white.