I moved from Mississippi to New York City to join a Marxist group and left my tech job to work on the subway tracks as a member of TWU Local 100. I thought that was the best way to change the world.
I was so focused on the limits and failings of American democracy and power that I didn't see their necessity. Seeing Trump's attempt to overturn liberal democracy for his personal rule and Assad's slaughter of people protesting for freedom with the assistance of Russia in the absence of American power slapped me in the face and confronted me with a sharp contradiction between what I thought I was trying to achieve and what was happening in reality.
So now I'm digging into the conflict between leftism and the values it professes to believe and trying to make sense of my experience of the left.
A comment on my Biden piece that illustrates what I’m going for:
“I have not read any article like this before and I have been looking for it.”