…who can see lightning and hear thunder. Remarkable.

…the starkest fact for socialists: namely, that there is today no political organization – or coalition or network – remotely close to being able to command a majority for anything like socialism, under any meaning.

RTWT, and be sure to follow the last link in the essay. Geras is always worth your time, even when he’s blogging about soap (he even manages to make the cricket marginally interesting, at whiles). He is a person who knows his material, and isn’t bashful about saying so.