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Breaking the Impasse
Electoral Politics, Mass Action, and the New Socialist Movement in the United States

A timely and persuasive discussion of the circumstances, challenges, and possibilities facing the new socialist movement in the US.

In his latest book, veteran socialist writer Kim Moody masterfully analyzes the political impasse which has shaped the rise of a new socialist movement in the United States: recurring economic and political crises, sharp inequality, state violence, and climate catastrophe proceed apace as the right ascends across the world. Moody situates the historic electoral campaigns of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other self-described “democratic socialists” and the growth of organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America in this context, and incisively assesses the revived movement's focus on electoral strategies.

Offering an important account of left attempts to intervene in the American two-party electoral system, Moody provides both a corrective and an alternative orientation, arguing that the socialist movement should turn its attention toward a politics of mass action, anti-racism, and independent, working-class activity.

Other books by Kim Moody

  • Tramps and Trade Union Travelers

    A thought-provoking analysis of how internal migration in Gilded Age America undermined collective organizing and workers’ political power.

  • On New Terrain

    An insightful and timely analysis of how global economic restructuring will impact workers' struggles in the US.
  • In Solidarity

    A thorough collection of inspiring and informed essays on applied Marxist theory and the future of labor unions.