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Charting the Course of Today's Left


By Justin Denton

Justin Denton is a DAT activist from New York City


About the charts:

The Socialist Party of America chart depicts direct descendents in its tree; the NCM/New Left/Maoist tree charts the development of various Maoist movements, and; the Trotskyist Tree follows these tendencies.

Sources used:
  • Max Elbaum's "Revolution in the Air"
  • Leftist Trainspotter
  • wikipedia.org
  • broadleft.org
  • freedomroad.org


There are missing branches on both the Trot list and Maoist list, and the emphasis is on the origins of existant groups, so many of the dead branches have been left out. The layout was designed to emphasize what groups exist now, with most of them listed at the bottom of each chart (the exception is the SWP on the Trotskyist list, which is in the middle for ease of viewing). The presently existing groups have been labeled in parentheses with their present ideology, which is indicated with a fairly neutral labeling system, I hope.


Figure 1: The Socialist Party Tree
Socialist Party of America Chart
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Figure 2: The Trotskyist Tree
Trotskyist Chart
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Figure 3: The New Left/Maoist Tree
Trotskyist Chart
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