I hope a victory, even a partial one, which shouldn’t be sneezed at, can be squeezed out of the current negotiations over the Reconciliation bill. Frankly though, it didn’t have to be this way. If the broader coalition that elected Biden had engaged the struggle early on, or even late in the day, the path to victory would have been less uphill.

But it didn’t. It was more observer than active agent. And while there are many reasons for its inaction, as far as the left is concerned one has to include the persistence of sectarianism across much of it, the absence of any unifying center, and a failure to understand that this bill is the (or a) key link in the chain of struggle.