If the Left wants to make headway in American electoral politics, the place to do it is at the local level. After a close election, Kshama Sawant – an open and unapologetic socialist – won election to Seattle’s city council. In her campaign, Sawant emphasized the issue of economic inequality and support for unions, as well as openly identifying with the Occupy Movement.
Clearly, there are many places in the U.S. where her candidacy would not have succeeded. But her success in Seattle is a much-needed bright spot for those who care about the politics of class and inequality.