29 January 2019

Jeff Sparrow draws lessons from AOC for Australian progressives: “Those who want to change the world can’t shape their ideas according to the conventional wisdom about what the public will accept, whether on refugees, climate change or anything else. … [L]eadership — particularly progressive leadership — entails challenging, rather than simply reflecting, the status quo. It means being prepared to displease media moguls or political insiders; it means fighting to popularise ideas that might initially seem difficult or extreme. As Danton, who knew something about changing the world, put it: ‘We need audacity, and yet more audacity, and always audacity!'”