In the Main Political Reports (MPRs) that Liberation Road prepares before each of our triennial congresses, we outline major societal contradictions and complexities of a given moment, while trying not to get too bogged down in the particular. The main focus of this report is on our common enemy, the New Confederacy. We analyze the composition of the New Confederacy, its agenda, and the emerging united front against it. We utilize this united front framework to update our understanding of shifts in the balance of forces and in key trends and alignments, mainly in the U.S. but also internationally. The analysis in this report is the basis for Liberation Road’s strategy, which is presented in a companion document.
The 2022 report was first drafted in the summer of 2021, then debated and subsequently amended at our 13th Congress, in April 2022. As such, the report examines how the New Confederacy has developed during the Trump presidency, the pandemic, and after the January 6th insurrection, but does not include the most recent up-to-the-minute coverage of events that have continued to develop since the completion of this report.
We invite you to share your response to this analysis. The full 2022 Main Political Report can be found here.
Based on the analysis of our Main Political report, our Strategic Orientation seeks to do two things: (1) claim the most pressing political task(s) of the moment for the socialist left and those in our periphery, and (2) develop a general plan for the organization to develop those tasks to the best of our ability.
Our 2022 Strategic Orientation maintains the basic political outlook expressed in Liberation Road’s 2016 strategic resolutions. This document builds upon two factors that continue to define the political moment and determine the duration for the strategic orientation established in 2016. The first factor is external and defined by the main enemy given the stage of the U.S. class struggle: the New Confederacy. The second factor is internal and defined by the need to build state-based independent political organization and power as central to defeating The New Confederacy.
Within that orientation, we identify three broad, interrelated efforts for advanced forces in the coming period:
- The first effort remains that of building sections of the strategic alliance through independent political organizations (IPOs).
- The second effort is to increase alignment among IPO formations and related projects of the inside/outside trend, committing to an effort to further cohere and consolidate the trend.
- The third effort is to engage in a coordinated program to defend, expand and transform democracy towards a political program we have named the Third Reconstruction.
It remains important for us to link building political power with building a movement towards Socialism—which is a more visible and accepted idea in this period–and to let our Socialist flag fly as a beacon to attract the growing number of radicalized individuals and organizers. Within the three efforts outlined above, Liberation Road has determined that our organizational central task is to help consolidate a nationwide socialist core within the inside/outside trend strategically, programmatically, and organizationally.
We are in a rapidly-changing political moment, and attempts to formulate analysis and set strategy must face the fact that conditions change even as we discuss and debate them. Since our Congress, events have continued to unfold that will indelibly alter the terrain of struggle, including the overturning of Roe v Wade by an undemocratic and illegitimate Supreme Court. This horrific decision will have drastic consequences, both short-term and long-term, both on the course of our struggles and for the lives of our people. In the interest of promptly circulating the Strategic Orientation and Main Political Report the National Executive Committee of Liberation Road has not attempted to incorporate recent developments into these documents.Instead, this document stands as a record of our organization’s best thinking as of April of this year. Conditions change, but the struggle continues—and it is our duty to continually update our analysis to account for these changed conditions. We look forward to being in shared struggle and shared strategy over the coming period.
We invite you to share your response to this. The full 2022-2025 Strategic Orientation document can be found here.