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Catalyst Winter 2022

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The year 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Over this past decade, we have seen the reemergence of genuinely progressive demands in the political sphere and even the normalization of socialist discourse. It is very uneven, and, as one might expect, it has often felt like one step forward and two steps back. What is beyond doubt is that the Occupy moment was something of a watershed, and that Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaigns galvanized progressive forces like nothing we have seen in decades. What was the connection between these two events? Did the first give rise to the second, as many have claimed, or was the Sanders phenomenon sui generis? In this issue, Benjamin Fong and Christie Offenbacher make a compelling argument that the ethos and strategic perspective of Occupy Wall Street made it less a forerunner of the Sanders moment and more a direct expression of the amorphous lifestyle politics of the neoliberal era. In this respect, Sanders revitalized a style of politics and a strategic perspective quite distinct from those of Occupy. If socialist politics are ever to gain traction politically, it will have to come through a reinvigorated working-class movement. Two questions immediately arise: Are there any signs of its reappearance, and in the event that it gathers steam, how might it navigate the current regime of accumulation? Chris Maisano examines the strike activity data for 2021 and notes that, while there was an uptick in labor actions, they fell short of those in 2018. Even more worrying, union density in the private sector actually declined during the year, in spite of the very visible strikes. And Matt Vidal makes a bold argument, based on extensive fieldwork, that there are avenues for the labor movement to turn the apparatus of lean production to its own ends. For years, labor organizers and scholars have associated lean production with harsh managerial control and a remorseless speedup on the shop floor. Vidal agrees that this has been the case in some sectors.

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