The Liberal Agenda – Forum – The New Left in America


Over the last ten years, socialist ideas have been making a huge comeback in the United States. The 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests paved the way for Bernie Sanders’ unexpectedly popular 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, and in the 2018 mid-term elections Democratic Socialists of America members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib were elected to Congress, as well as progressive Sanders supporter Ilhan Omar.

In the 2020 federal election, racist hard right President Donald Trump was defeated after a huge increase in voter turnout, and two more DSA members, Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman, were sent to Congress on the back of a huge wave of Black Lives Matter protests earlier in the year.

Come join Socialist Aotearoa for a forum about the rise of the new left in America and the prospects for building a mass socialist party. We will be hearing from Jacobin Magazine writer Branko Marcetic, author of ‘Yesterday’s Man: the Case Against Joe Biden’, as well as Matt McCarten, co-founder of Unite Union and One Union, who was President in the 1990s and early 2000s of the Alliance, New Zealand’s last major attempt to build a party to the left of Labour.

When: 7pm, Thursday 19 November
Where: One Union, 599 New North Road, Morningside


  1. The Squad promote some good ideas – in particular, universal healthcare. But it’s a shame their platform is so permeated with identity politics – if that’s the “New Left”, then no thanks.


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