Grantland, “‘Avenge Kronstadt!’: A Marxists vs. Nihilists Fundraiser Fight Night in Oakland,” January 28, 2015

‘Avenge Kronstadt!’: A Marxists vs. Nihilists Fundraiser Fight Night in Oakland
by Aaron Lake Smith, Grantland.com, January 28, 2015

In Oakland, anarchists and Marxists are the left flank of a political class that would be best described as Social Democratic. The outgoing mayor, Jean Quan, was a member of the Maoist Communist Workers Party in the 1970s. To be liberal is so common that there is plenty of space for more extreme ideological positions. In this bubble, the various Marxist, anarchist, and nihilist-anarchist factions subdivide into increasingly smaller parts per million. Elsewhere, the left huddles together for warmth, trying to appear as a popular front.

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