The Greens and other left alternative candidates need to keep this up.
The silver lining is this “extreme center,” as Tariq Ali describes it, has opened up space in countries like Spain, Iceland, and Greece that left parties have used for mass mobilization. There are flickers of hope in the United States with Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant beating Democrats in Seattle and Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins giving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo headaches in the upcoming election. But it’s a long row to hoe.
I still support the Working Families Party because of what it can do to pull both main political parties to the left, but I also support challenges from left candidates whether from the Green Party or elsewhere.