New York Socialists Won Big On Climate. How Did That Happen?

Source: In These Times
by Liza Featherstone

“Anyone perusing Twitter or reading the works of Karl Marx will notice that socialists can get fractious with one another. But as one hardworking ecosocialist leader in the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (NYC-DSA) will tell you, an existential threat to humanity like climate change can bring people together. ‘It’s not like we’re debating about Lenin,’ Charlie Heller joked over coffee in June (though he acknowledged his comrades did have diverse perspectives on Lenin). ‘Something about being focused on climate makes you crazy in a unique way,’ Heller says. ‘We are here to win and we have to seize the power of the state, because nothing else can address this global crisis at a scale that can match it.’ Heller was reflecting on a major ecosocialist victory, a phrase that would have seemed oxymoronic five years ago.” (09/13/23)